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Posted - 05/04/2009 :  1:35:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let's talk about patterns we love! (not sure it's the right topic for this thread. Clara, feel free to move it!)

They could be patterns that we knitted and love to come back to, patterns we're dying to try out, or patterns that we loved at first sight but are not yet brave enough to try.

Links are greatly appreciated and would help enabling ;)

Pattern that I'm dying to try out:
Evelyn Clark's Swallowtail Shawl
I know that everybody has knitted one... except me. I usually shy away from triangular shawls but this one might be small enough to wear as a scarf and not make me look stumpy.

Pattern that I loved at first sight:
Eunny Jang's Venezia Pullover
Tiny gauge, fair isle, steeks... can you smell my fear?

Gabber Extraordinaire

386 Posts

Posted - 05/06/2009 :  05:20:03 AM  Show Profile Send cableready a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the Venezia Pullover in line to knit. I have the pattern, yarn and needles. Now to start..... ;)

One pattern I think is particularly nice is this summer top:

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Posted - 05/06/2009 :  09:26:16 AM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I currently have 237 favorite patterns on Ravelry, but it's the lace that really blows me away, and the Nieblings in particular (sorry for the incompetent linking).

Frosted Ferns:
Fleegle's Black Widow Spider King (really, anything Fleegle does):

Then there are the Bohus:
Forest Darkness:
Blue Shimmer:

I'm also in awe of the Starmores, although the shapes are a little too boxy for me:

Mary Tudor:
Persian Tiles:
Katherine Howard:
Henry VIII:


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Ravelry project page:
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New Pal

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Posted - 05/06/2009 :  8:43:39 PM  Show Profile Send betz8w a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorites are sweaters knit from the top down. The Deb Gemmell books are my favorites and I have made almost all of her adult and toddler sweaters. They are all wonderful and fit well.
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  03:05:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Give me an EZ seamless circular sweater any day - fast, custom fit, adaptable and classic.

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  04:57:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitonepurltoo's Homepage Send knitonepurltoo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only pattern I've made more than once is Lucy Neatby's Timberline Toes sock pattern - fairly plain, with a garter stitch heel and toe, which I love - that little dose of garter stitch is perfect:

The Pattern I'd Love To Make is Eugen Beugler's Frost Flowers and Leaves warning: click that link only if you want to touch off a mild obsession. It's the most lovely knitting pattern I know of - I can only imagine how long it might take me!


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sarah montie
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  05:16:12 AM  Show Profile Send sarah montie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have started the Swallowtail Shawl as part of a KAL but it was only 4 weeks long and I have had to put it aside for other projects.
The pattern I have made the most over the years is the classic baby sweater with the zipper up the back. I don't know the original designer but I have rewritten it so that you don't have to crohet up the back. This reminds me that I wanted to put the new version up on my website!
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  05:24:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Currently I have 78 projects in my queue... and that is not including the projects I have in my head (to be designed since I have an idea). Some of these projects are not that hard, some of them are more daunting but I really hope that this autumn I will be brave enough to cast on for Demi by Kim Hargreaves . Right now I feel more for summer/spring knitting so that's why I plan this for the autumn.
The project that I will start next is a small dress for daughter no.2 and it will be an own design or I will be indulgent for myself and cast-on Coraline since that looks like a real good wearable little cardigan for me.


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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  05:28:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite shawl pattern is Evelyn Clark's Shoalwater Shawl. I've made two so far.

I haven't made a Swallowtail either, Minh, but it's on my list. My Ravelry queue has 254 projects in it!


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New Pal

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  05:28:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit's Homepage Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite is "Ann's Cap" ( because it's cute and easy, but most importantly, my first real design. I created it for a friend who was losing her hair from chemo and who is now cancer free. She wore it while in treatment and says it made her feel good, so maybe it helped??

My other favorites include the "Myrtle Leaf Shawl" from Victorian Lace Today and Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket.

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Warming Up

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  07:19:18 AM  Show Profile Send stitchellen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Despite the shelves full of knitting books and magazines in my bookcase, the book - and basic pattern - I use for the vast majority of sweaters in all sizes is Barbara Walker's "Knitting from the Top". Her treasuries of stitch patterns books provide me with any deviations from stockinette and garter stitch patterns I could possibly want.
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  07:53:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For sweaters, Knitting Pure & Simple are my favorite. I've knit the women's cardigan and pullover many times.

For shawls, My Favorite Shawl. A WallisKnits pattern. My design. It fits and doesn't have the deep point down my backside.

Linda in Va
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  08:22:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Debbie Bliss for babies & children. I cast on another one of her children's sweaters last night. I've been happily knitting her kids' patterns for 20 years.

my knitting photos on Flickr or Ravelry
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New Pal

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  08:50:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit pencraft's Homepage Send pencraft a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have almost exactly the same list as 2totangle. Lace, Bohus, Starmore.
Earlier this year I bought the Lyra pattern from Lacis; Forest Darkness and Wild Apples Bohus kits; and Rosarie and Glenesk from Virtual Yarns. I also have yarn for NaCragga and one or two other Starmore Aran sweaters. First up, a few more fair isle smaller projects, then NaCragga perhaps. Got to build those skills before I tackle the expensive kits. Oh, and Swallowtail has been on my list forever!

I was thinking I had way too many projects in my Ravelry queue; but, maybe not. javascript:insertsmilie('')
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  08:51:51 AM  Show Profile Send fiberfanatic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love at first sight? I'm crazy about Nonna's Garden Shawl, it's a work of art.... although I'm afraid to attempt it, it's way beyond my skills, at least for now.

Dying to try? For a sweater more appropriate to my skill level, here's one I really like, and plan to start soon:

And then there's the rest in my queue, and others that haven't even gotten in there yet ...

Jan Z in DC

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  12:13:25 PM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
for the best basic, all ages, all sizes, either gender, I love the Wonderful Wallaby. Can do it very basic or put in a variety of stripes.

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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  1:01:08 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I have quite a few favourites in my collection of patterns for babies,sweaters that I knitted for my own children and children of familly members, and hope to knit for my grandchildren - when I have some, that is!
I also have a sock pattern which is set to become a firm favourite - it's an Opal sock pattern which I have used for two pairs of socks,and I found it really straightforward and easy to follow, so I'm sure I'll be using it quite often.
My favourite scarf pattern is the Irish Hiking Scarf -I've made no less than six, in various colours and yarns!


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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  6:23:15 PM  Show Profile Send procrastiknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Laminaria shawl from Knitty.
Bed & Breakfast sweater from IK.
Cromarty by *more.

Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cozy, doesn't try to put it on - Billy Connolly
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Posted - 05/07/2009 :  9:54:43 PM  Show Profile Send CptPearl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ann Budd's basic sock pattern. It's simple and timeless. I have modified it with a variety of stitches and yarns many times, and I love every pair!
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Posted - 05/08/2009 :  05:10:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the plain old tried-and-true EZ sweater method. You can vary it with different stitch patterns and yarns, play with tighter or looser ease, vary the sleeve length, etc. I often use it when I have a lot of yarn scraps and odd balls that I want to use up -- I call those my "Scrap Sweaters," and oddly enough, people seem to compliment me on those the most.


WIP = Socks (knit), Armenius Sweater (knit), Sweater (knit), Charity 12" Squares for Project Linus (knit)
Done YTD: Shadow Jacket (crochet), Snowflake Sweater (knit), Round Ripple Afghan (crochet), Socks (knit), Cot'n Corn Eyelet Rib Top (knit), Crochet Hook Bag (Double Crochet)

Twitter Name = WildKnitter

If I could only do this for a living...
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Posted - 05/08/2009 :  06:28:43 AM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The best "zen" knitting experience for me is Margaret Halas' oakleaf shawls and scarves. They have a difficult start then you develop a rhythm of garter stitch and lace edges that is the perfect compliment of soothing and interesting. They are the perfect use of gorgeous yarn that you didn't get enough of and are the perfect way to make a dull jacket or even a parka look smashing and they are a cuddly item when reading in bed.
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