Celebrate Your Love Affair with Knitting

When most people talk about their Valentine, they're usually talking about a person. Well, one of my Valentines this year is going to be to my knitting! I love it so much, let me count the ways:

1. It fills my life with color.
2. It encourages my creativity.
3. It keeps my hands busy.
4. It introduces me to new people who share my love for the craft.
5. It loves to travel.
6. It likes the same TV shows that I like.
7. It keeps the same schedule as I do; if I want to knit in the middle of the night, it's there for me.
8. It likes to change bags as much as I do!
9. It challenges me.
10. It keeps me company, even when I'm cranky.

To celebrate my love affair with knitting, I'm sending you some beautiful, red pattern ideas to get your heart going!

Cabernet Ribs Minimalist Cardigan

Liz Nields's Cabernet Ribs is knit from two weights of yarn, which mimics layers. I love the sheer V-neck and sleeves; it's really unique. The Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum is a bit of moss-stitch perfection. My LYS has done several classes on this pattern and they're all packed; lots of beautiful Minimalist Cardigans are walking around in Spokane!

Sweetheart Socks Love Stamp Socks

Socks are the perfect present to yourself for Valentine's Day; I know several sock knitters who could whip up a pair in time for the big day. How about you? Chrissy Gardiner's Sweetheart Socks are so pretty, I'd like a pair in pink, please! And for those of you who love intarsia (you know who you are!), try your technique with Love Stamp Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. Those red heels and toes are so cute.

Curvy Top-Down Raglan Jess's Gansey

The Curvy Top-Down Raglan by Shannon Okey is so pretty. The bell sleeves set of the slight cropped look perfectly. I love the cable panel up the front, too. And if you're a stitch pattern junkie, look no further than Elizabeth Lovick's Jess's Gansey. Its combination of stitch patterns will keep you going, and going, and going (plus, it's a free pattern!). Knit this one in a smooth yarn to really make the patterns pop.

I hope this collection of patterns puts you in the mood to fall even more in love with knitting.


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