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beginnings September 24, 2013

A recent trip to Oregon’s high desert region taught me a quick lesson: even though it’s 80+ during the day, dinner time after sunset can be a chilly surprise…

I love wearing little dresses when I go out and started digging in my stash of “sock” yarns to put together a lightweight but cozy little sweater to bridge the gap.

Chic Knits Arlin

One of my favorite dresses is a black & white polka dot number – fitted and just slightly fancy with a low v-neck & one, just one, ruffle.

It became my inspiration for this slightly lacy cardigan – in ochre yellow to replace the setting sun…

….for pattern details click here

YARNS – this sweater is designed at 6sts per inch and I found a wide variety of yarns that can be knit at this gauge.

I swatched and washed to see how this sock yarn might behave and was happy happy joy joy!

It went up on the fit mannequin a few times to make sure it was behaving to measure apre-swatch.

New Threads for Fall 2013 September 18, 2013

Chic Knits Arlin

But of course, THIS is our favorite time of year.

Out come the sweaters, the vests, the hats – replacing the sunshine with color and light all their own.

New for Fall 2013: two basic wardrobe pieces –
  one for you   AND   for the first time,   one for HIM

Chic Knits Arlin


ARLIN: this is what a Sweater Girl is all about — BOMBSHELL! Read details HERE

(my) GUY: A simply sophisticated casual look for the sharp-dressed man in your life. Read details HERE

wishing you a very happy fall season knitting!
…Bonne Marie

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hood or no-hood we want September 12, 2013

we’re in a little hoodie mood…

Chic Knits Basic Chic Hoodie

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not in a hood mood? make a mod:
First, make your initial front bands just along the front edges.

Then, pick up sts along the neckline, from the RS for a band, or the WS for a collar, 1 st for each neckline st and adjust to make a multiple of 4.

Row 1 (& all WS Rows): P3; K2, P2 to last st, P1.
Row 2 (RS): K3; P2, K2 across to last st, K1.

Work to desired length and BO all sts as they appear. (Remember to work a buttonhole in your neckband for a crew neck version).

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