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40!

40!

This 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, […]

The Everybaby Cardigan

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 […]

New Pattern: Greenfield Baby 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 đŸ™‚

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BIG SALE and update!

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 […]

New pattern: Wee Wonderland Cardigan!

New pattern: Wee Wonderland Cardigan!

My newest baby and toddler pattern is out! The Wee Wonderland Cardigan is knit from the top-down,  with a longer body, and a picked up edging. It comes in sizes 0-6 months through 24-36 months! The pattern is 25% for the 1st 3 days. No […]

3 Skeins or Less, a giveaway!

3 Skeins or Less, a giveaway!

Knitting superwoman Tanis Gray, has another new book, and it is a beauty.

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3 Skeins or Less

By Tanis Gray

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

http://bit.ly/YA1MeV

Three Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories features beautiful projects that, you guessed  it, use 3 skeins of yarn, or less.

My contribution to this book is the one-skein Little Vine Beret (all photos are by Joe Hancock)

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There are 26 projects in all. Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites:

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You can see all of the projects in one place on Ravelry here.

If you’d like to have a a chance to win a copy of your very own, just leave a comment below and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a name on the 27th of October. Contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

xo Melissa

now available as individual patterns!

now available as individual patterns!

3 of my patterns that were once only available in kit or ebook format are now single pdfs! the Sid Scrappy Hat The Viviane Cardigan and the Little Lattice Open Cardigan Happy knitting!

Wool, Book 5

Wool, Book 5

Quince and Co just released Wool, Book Five today, and I have 2 new designs in it, along with 3 from Cecily. Montagne, my top-down pullover with a kangaroo pocket. and Fern, a lacy beret Cecily’s top-down Feronia is on the cover (I want to […]

The sweater that wouldn’t have happened without Cecily Glowik MacDonald

The sweater that wouldn’t have happened without Cecily Glowik MacDonald

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Cecily and I have collaborated on a few projects now: New England Knits, Weekend Hats, Wool One, Two, Three, Four and now Five (more one that one in my next post). She’s been there with me in the hospital for the birth of both of my daughters, which was an amazing gift already. But, when I was having my daughter Viviane this year, she said that she wanted to knit the sample for my next adult sweater design, a fingering-weight cardigan. This was the best, best, gift, because as a mama who supports herself with knitting design work, my knitting time was going to disappear fast with 2 children under 2.5 at home.

So this, my newest sweater, would never have happened without Cecily’s thoughtful gift, and you know that she has plenty of knitting of her own to do!

So, here is Willard, a top-down, open-front cardigan, in Quince’s fingering-weight yarn, Finch. the wide collar is picked up after knitting the body and features a reversible knit/purl arrow pattern on the long fronts that can lay flat or be folded back.

The pattern has a generous range of sizes and is 25% off until September 12th!

See it on ravelry here!

Viv’s bonnet, and a giveaway!

Viv’s bonnet, and a giveaway!

I have a new pattern out, sized from baby to adult: Viv Bonnet It’s 25% off until the end of June 2014. No code required. Also, I’ve been trying lots of fun new needles and gadgets lately, and I thought I’d share a few with […]