Wool, baby.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day, so that I can share one of the many things that has kept me busy this year. Meet Wool Baby, my 4 piece baby collection, for Quince and Co. I love it so much, and had so much fun choosing from all of Quince’s beautiful colors. One blanket, 2 cardigans, and a sweet little bonnet are included in this ebook for $12. Sized birth-24 months. You can purchase them here. See the patterns Mae, Arlo, Elmer, and Aziza on Ravelry here. I hope that you like them!

I have 2 sick kiddos and a bunch of deadlines looming, but I’ll be back later this week with more to share, including a simple recipe that my family is crazy about.



other making: the apple edition



Last weekend, we went to an event on a property with an old apple orchard. My daughter was picking an apple off a low branch when someone came over and told us that we could come back and pick as many as we wanted for free, because they were totally overwhelmed. Bonus, they were organic. Be still this frugal mama’s heart.

We came back a few days later and I packed 2 reusable grocery bags with as many as I could carry. Macs. Loads of them. I picked 1 bag of really small ones for my 1 and 3 year old to snack on, and lots of bigger ones to make apple sauce from and dehydrate.

We waited until my youngest went down for her 2 hour nap and then Stella and I, in her words, “made the biggest mess ever”. Lots of hand-over-hand peeling and cutting, and about 5 hours at 130f  later, we had one huge bag of dried apples. Not the prettiest looking things, but pretty delicious, anyway.

I’ve been planning to use my dehydrator a lot more this year. I just started a dehydrating board on Pinterest here, if you’d like to see what I’ll be making soon.

Oh, and because someone always asks, I use this dehydrator: L’equip  (I actually bought it 2 years ago, when another designer recommended it).


Lu Leaf Hat (sized baby-adult)

DSC_0942DSC_0961DSC_0971My oldest daughter is starting preschool very soon, and she’s been asking me to knit her some new things. The program has a big outdoor component, so I let that be the inspiration for my design. 3-year-olds can have some very strong opinions about clothing, so it was a huge relief when she declared it “not itching” and then begged to wear it on an 80 degree day. Color this mama relieved!

I wrote this in 4 sizes, from baby-adult, since I was sure I’d want to knit one for myself and my younger daughter. The yarn is Trusty, from the Plucky Knitter, in the gorgeous “Old Copper” (I am a sucker for any green-y blues. Or, is it blue-y greens?).

So, here is the Lu Leaf Hat. The pattern is 50% off through August (there’s no code required. the discount will come off automatically at checkout). You can see/purchase it here.

summer pattern giveaway!

Welcome to my new digs!

It’s been a busy summer with lots of new designs in the works. Cecily and I also have a 3rd book coming out in 2016! These days, my girls, now ages 15 months and 3 years, are always keeping me busy. I still sneak a few stitches here and there. But, we do other things, too.


To celebrate my return to blogging here, I’m having a little giveaway. 1 person will win a single-use coupon code worth $30 to my pattern store, and 2 people will win single-use $10 codes. To enter, just leave a comment and tell me about something that you’ve been up to this summer. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winners on July 28th and post them here. Please share this post, if you can!

Also, you can still use the code BLOG at checkout in my pattern store for 30% off my self-published patterns this month.

Happy knitting,


all images are mine and may not be used without permission. thanks!




We’re back!

The blog has moved back here to knittingschooldropout.com!

The look will be changing over the next month or so, but I’m back! In the meantime, you can use the code BLOG at checkout to save 30% off the self-published patterns in my store.



3 New Patterns (and a special code for you!)

I’ve neglected to mention my newest patterns here! I’m trying to be better about that, but if you really want to hear about anything new right away, definitely head on over and “like” the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaLaBarreKnitting

Last week, I released the Little Sprout Bonnet and Little Sprout Cardigan. Both are knit in Quince and Co Osprey at 4 sts an inch, which makes them quick knits. Both are sized from Newborn to 6 years.

Before that, there was a pattern for an a grown-up: Quilting Cowl. This one uses the unbelievably silky-soft Traveler Aran from the Plucky Knitter.

If you use the code BLOG at checkout in my Ravelry store, you can take 30% of your purchase of these new self-published patterns (and the older ones too. patterns published by other companies, like quince and co, are not eligible.)



imageThis weekend, I’ll happily turn 40.
Life is good. I’ve given birth to 2 lovely little girls in the last 3 years. I’m married to an amazing guy. I write patterns. People buy them, allowing me to pay for things like electricity, heat, and sometimes, yarn or a burrito. I’m working on a 3rd book with the greatest knitter friend ever, Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I so am grateful for another year to enjoy all of it.
Thanks for knitting along with me into a new decade!

The Everybaby Cardigan

I just wrote up a pattern for this simple little top-down cardigan that I made for my daughter V. It takes just 2-3 skeins of madelinetosh tosh vintage (pictured in the color “hosta” *swoon*). It’s sized from 0-6m, all the way up to 4t.

This pattern went through a last-minute name change because the original name (named after her) triggered a review of every paypal transaction for some bizarre reason. Anyway, problem solved! Because of the difficulties, I’m offering 30% this and additional patterns, just use the code OOPS at checkout in my Ravelry store.

Here’s a Link to the Everybaby Cardigan


New Pattern: Greenfield Baby Cardigan!

I released 3 new patterns this week and all are discounted 30% for the rest of January (no code required. the 30% will come off when you check out through ravelry)

First up, the Greenfield Baby Cardigan! (I’ll talk about my Instant Infinity Cowl and Willow Hat in future posts)

This is inspired by my adult Greenfield Cardigan from 2010, but modified to make a gender-neutral baby sweater. It’s sized from 0-24 months, and top-down with a little leaf motif. My very squirmy daughter Viviane briefly modeled it, but as you can see, you get a better look at it when she’s not wearing it.

I’m on Instagram as knittingschooldropout! Let’s be friends, or tag projects you’ve made with my patterns #knittingschooldropout or #melissalabarre so I can see the finished knits :)



BIG SALE and update!

First off, on the night before Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for your support over the last 6 years. As a way of doing this, all of the patterns in my Ravelry store are buy one, get one free until the end of the day on 11/28/14. There’s no code required, just add an even number of patterns to your cart and the discount will come off automatically at checkout. Enjoy! My pattern store is here.

Next up, the patterns from New England Knits are now available individually (and they’re on sale on the interweave site right now!)!


And, lastly, the patterns from Wool, Book 5 are also available individually. Find them on Ravelry here.