Snow Day Sale!

As Massachusetts gets buried under more than a foot of snow (LOVE!), I’m having a snow day sale! All patterns in my Ravelry store are 40% off (no code required. The discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Store here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/melissa-labarre )

I’ll be enjoying the snow from the window, and finishing up a baby version of my Little Hiker’s Cardigan, since the pattern has been done for ages. I’ll also be baking, and slowly adding back all the photos to my recently hacked, then restored, blog.

Happy knitting, and shoveling, for some of us!

Peaks and Summit Hats

(because someone always asks about the boots, they are Keens)

My little family of 4 has been passing around a cold this week, and we’ve been glued to the couch and our hot water bottles. I’ve been all about the instant-gratification knitting, and WEBS’ Valley Yarns Superwash Super Bulky is a new favorite, knitting up at 2.5 stitches an inch. Even this mama, with almost no free time, was able to whip up 2 hats in just a few days. I finished them with huge fluffy poms, which I used to be terrible at making, thanks to these great pom pom makers that I read about on another blog.

These patterns, along with all accessory patterns in my Ravelry store, are 35% off until Christmas, no code needed.

Peaks hat on Ravelry.

 

Summit hat on Ravelry

 

The Knitted Hat Book

Interweave has just published a lovely new collection of hats in The Knitted Hat Book, and my pattern for the Scoop Brimmed Hat is included in the collection! I wanted to design a hat that worked for transitional weather too, so I chose an allover mesh stitch pattern that’s simple to knit. It’s a great hat to spring and fall, when some of us still want to wear a hat. This hat just 1 lovely skein of Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere, which is ridiculously soft and beautiful, and worth every cent.

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If you order the book from Amazon between now and October 1st, you’ll receive a copy of my Welted Toque pattern for free after entering your order number here. The Welted Toque pattern is also included in my other book, Weekend Hats!  (Full disclosure: when you purchase any items from amazon after clicking one of my amazon links, I do earn a very small referral fee which helps me pay for a month or two of hosting this website every year. Thank you!)

Here are photos  a few others from The Knitted Hat Book:

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Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Now that Weekend Wraps has been released, our publisher has shared one of the patterns from the book for free, and it happens to be one of mine. I thought I’d share it here, too, for my readers! The sample was returned to me in the spring, and I was able to wear it to a few preschool pick-ups before the weather turned too warm. Now that we’re experiencing cool mornings and evenings again in Massachusetts, it’s making its way back into rotation. You can find it on Ravelry here.

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This is a quick knit in Berroco Peruvia Quick! Enjoy!

 

GETAWAY PONCHO by Melissa LaBarre (me!) from the book Weekend Wraps (Interweave, 2016)

Poncho begins at cowl neck and is worked in garter stitch with two decrease rounds to the neck. The body is then worked in stockinette stitch, shaped with yarnover increases along the center front and back and finished with a garter eyelet trim.

Stitch Guide
Garter Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for garter st worked in the rnd.

Stockinette Stitch worked in the round (any number of sts)

Knit every rnd.

Cowl Neck

With shorter cir needle, CO 98 sts. Place marker (pm) for beg of rnd, and join for working in rnds, being careful not to twist sts.

Work in garter st until piece measures 8″ (20.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K3, k2tog, *k8, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—88 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 10″ (25.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Dec rnd: K2, k2tog, *k7, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3—78 sts rem.

Cont even until piece measures 12″ (30.5 cm) from CO edge, ending with a purl rnd.

Body

Set-up rnd: K39, pm for center front, knit to end.

Body Shaping
Change to longer cir needle when there are too many sts to work comfortably on shorter cir needle.

Inc rnd: K1, yo, knit to 1 st before m, yo, k1, sl m, k1, yo, work to last st, yo, k1—4 sts inc’d.

Next rnd: Knit.

Getaway Poncho Knit PatternRep last 2 rnds 33 more times, then rep inc rnd once more— 218 sts. Piece should measure about 20″ (51 cm) from cowl along center front.

 

Bottom Trim

Rnd 1: Purl.

Rnd 2: *Yo, k2tog; rep from * around.

Rep last 2 rnds 6 more times.

BO all sts pwise.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block piece to finished measurements.

 

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Bright Spot

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Sometimes, those little leftover bits of special yarn beg to be knit up into something special. I’ve been hoarding my worsted-weight Plucky Knitter leftovers, for just this kind of thing.

Meet Bright Spot, a worsted-weight fair isle hat that is a great use for those leftover bits of hand dyed yarns I used a black for the background, so it would mimic stained glass.

I finished it with a faux fur pompon, but you could make your own and use up even more leftover yarn!

This pattern is 50% off (no code required), until September 20th, 2016! You can purchase it here.

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2 for Quince and Co: Alba and Helga

quince-co-glen-knitting-pattern-collection-1Quince and Co’s latest design team collection, Glen, has been released and I designed 2 of the 4 pieces! Alba is a simple fingering-weight colorwork hat that uses lovely Finch, leaving you tons of options for beautiful color combinations.

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Helga is a tunic-length pullover with a hood and pockets, because what’s cozier than that? It uses 2 strands of Chickadee, held together, for a beautiful marled look and a heavy-worsted gauge (4.25 sts/inch) that makes it quick-to-knit!

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Both patterns are available individually on Ravelry: Alba and Helga, or as part of the collection here.

 

Weekend Wraps Book Giveaway, Part 2

One of the 2 winners of my last giveaway never responded to my message, so I’m back to offer up 1 more copy of [amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] to you, my readers. Just leave a comment on this post before the end of the day on August 15th EST, and I’ll draw a name to win a copy. It may take a few minutes for your comment to show up, as I have to approve each one (thank you, spammers!)

You can see photos of all the projects in my previous post, or view them here on Ravelry. Good luck!

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24 hr Sale! Buy 1 Pattern, Get 1 Free!

imageThere’s a 1-day sale starting now in my Ravelry store! Just ad an even number of patterns from my store to your cart, and half of them will be free at checkout! No code required. The discount is automatic, you just need an even number of patterns in the cart to get every other one free at checkout. Eligible patterns are in my store here!

Also, comments 7 and 10 each won a copy of Weekend Wraps. I’ve emailed the winners!

Weekend Wraps Giveaway!

[amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X]  is officially out and I think that it’s time to give away a free copy! Take a look at the photos, or visit the project pages on Ravelry, then comment here (it my take a bit for your comment to show up, I have to approve each one). If there are more than 100 entries, I’ll add a 2nd copy and pick 2 names using the random number generator. And, if you already have a copy, I’d be happy to have the copy you win to a friend instead. Entries are open to anyone, anywhere until 11:59EST on August 1st, 2016. Good luck!

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Here’s a peek at the 18 projects from our amazing designers:

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Bright Little Baby Knits

imageThis past winter, a sweet little pile of knits helped keep me warm as I worked on them each night after my kids were asleep. The end result, 3 cardigans, a stripey blanket and a bonnet, patterns in sizes newborn to 4t. I designed all of them for Manos del Uruguay yarns, in 4 different weights of their superwash yarns!

Meet Trucha

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Habanero

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Pimiento

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Espinaca

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Click on the names to be directed to the Ravelry pages, where each one can be purchased.

[amazon text=Weekend Wraps&asin=163250278X] has officially started shipping out from Amazon! I am so excited for everyone to see it. I’ll share more about the patterns here soon!