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For you hands

Mittens, gloves, handwarmers, and armwarmers are great gifts for almost anyone. The sizing is fairly adjustable so there is no reason to measure the recipients and the projects are portable so you can work on them almost anywhere. Here are a few ReBelle and customer favorite patterns to get you started.

Squirrel and Oak Mittens-I love the Norwegian-style mittens and this pair is a personal favorite of mine. These would be great knitted with the new Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sport. There is also a Pirate Mitten design, also by Adrian Bizillia.

Bella's Mittens- Many of you have already made these mittens, but with another Twilight movie on its way I thought they would be worth mentioning. There is no more Cascade 109, but these mittens would be lovely and very luxurious knitted out of the Baby Alpaca Chunky.

Snowball's Chance in Hell- A local design that would look great knitted with the Brown Sheep Lanaloft sport.

Fetching and Dashing- these great female and male fingerless mitts use less than a skein of Cascade 220, and are a sophisticated gift idea for a couple in your life.

Urban Necessity Glove
- Are they mittens or gloves? These convertible mitts offer the best of both worlds.

Mini Mitten Ornaments
- Okay, these aren't technically for your hands, but these ornaments are a great way to use up yarn scraps and make a lovely addition to any tree.

Toast- Simple armwarmers that can be made with or without a thumb gusset.

Easy Mittens- Knit with Lamb's Pride, if you are looking for a basic no-fuss mitten pattern, look no further.



Not your basic scarf ideas

For those of you who love to knit scarves, here are a few ideas beyond your basic garter stitch scarf.

Noro Striped Scarf- While this scarf looks amazing using Noro yarn, the technique can be used with any two contrasting variegate yarns. Different yarns will give you different effects.

My So Called Scarf- We recommend this pattern to many of our beginning knitters. It's a two row repeat so you can put it down and know exactly where you are when you pick it up. The stitch techique sounds a little weird as written, but there is a great video on youtube that better illustrates what you are supposed to do.

Drop Stitch Scarf- I like this pattern because it looks really interesting and because of the dropped stitches it knits up pretty quickly.

Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf
- This is a personal favorite of mine because it uses up lots of yarn scraps and if you leave tails at the ends for fringe, there are no ends to weave in.

Quickie Cowl- A super quick project that can be made with a single skein of our new luscious Baby Alpaca Chunky.

Instant Gratification Scarf- Another scarf that uses a dropped stitch pattern with a chunky yarn to give you a super quick knit. Uses 1-2 skeins of Malabrigo Aquarella.

Entrelac Scarf- For those of you looking for a bit of a challenge, this is the project for you. Depending on the yarn used, this scarf can be masculine or femine.

Also, don't forget about the free shop patterns when planning you holiday knitting.



Great patterns for our crocheters

We are going to focus on the crocheters this week. Here are some free crochet patterns we love to make you holiday gift making a little easier.

the Wavelength- A sideways openwork scarf that works up fairly quickly and would look amazing in Noro Silk Garden Sock or Zaunderball.

Tea Scarf
- feminine without being lacy. This scarf can be made with one skein of Malabrigo Worsted.

Mossy Cowl- This cowl crocheted using an L hook and cobweb yarn comes out fluffy and warm with Cascade Kid Seta.

Swirls Cap- This cute little cap would be great in Brown Sheep worsted, you'll even have enough left over for some matching fingerless mitts.

Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat
- A quick openwork project that can be finished in an evening. We suggest a ball of Malabrigo worsted to really make this project pop.

Feminine Wrist Warmers- these lovely little warmers add a nice detail to your winter coat and would be amazing knit out of Noro Silk Garden.

Fingerless or Not- This basic glove pattern is perfect for those seeking a little simplicity.

Mary Jane Slippers- these simple slippers can be dressed up with flowers and fancy buttons or kept plain with a contrasting edging, either way they make a great gift.

Christmas Slippers- Who doesn't want some Santa slippers?


Little Acorn Project Bag- The perfect gift for the sock knitter in your life.

Mollie Flowers
- These cute little flowers can be made with scrap yarn and made into anything from barrettes to pins to scarves.

Birds of a Feather- Pictured above, these little guys are a favorite of ReBelle customers. Another quick and easy project that uses about any worsted weight yarn you have laying around.

Gumball the kitten
- Another great amigurumi pattern, this little guy would look great sitting atop any gift under the tree.



Paca Peds HT

We just received a shipment of our newest sock yarn, Paca Peds HT a 65% wool, 20% alpaca, 15% nylon blend. The exciting thing about the Paca Peds HT is that each 100g variegated skein comes with a bonus 25g skein of a cordinating handdyed solid for the heels and toes!! We love this yarn and know you will too.


Great sock knitting ideas

Every Friday for the next few months, we are going to provide a little inspiration for your holiday gift craft by featuring free patterns and yarn ideas. In honor of Soctoberfest, here are a few of our favorite sock patterns.

Hat-heel sock- from the current issue of Knitty. If you are looking for a new adventure in sock knitting, look no further. This sock is knit starting at the heel by making what looks a bit like and earflap hat and then stitches are picked up to knit the foot and the cuff.

Clandestine sock- also from the new knitty. We love this Cookie A. pattern as well as the yarn that goes with it. These socks combine several techniques in one pattern so they will keep you interested from start to finish.

Jaywalker- a favorite sock pattern by Grumperina. The repeat is easy to memorize and the pattern really jumps out when knit with self-striping yarns such as Zauberball or Trekking.

Cable Twist Socks- we recommend these worsted-weight socks for first-time sock knitters looking for something a little more interesting than plain stockinette stitch. They are great knit with Cascade 220SW.

Knee Socks
The October KAL theme is knee socks so here are a few of our favorite knee sock patterns.

Knee socks- This basic knee sock pattern is perfect for the knitter who doesn't want to do the measurements and calculations required for a custom sock.

Clessidra- These beautiful cabled stockings are perfect to wear with your favorite skirt on those cold Fall mornings.

Lacy Cables Knee Socks
- One of our favorite knee sock patterns (though it is more of a formula than a pattern.)

Customer Favorites
Here are a few patterns suggested by ReBelle friends and customers.

Froot Loops
Zombie Socks
Seaweed Socks



Feather and Fan Cowl

The yarn of the month for the month of October is di'Ve Autunno. We love knitting with this yarn and to give you an incentive to try it out we are offering 10% off all Autunno in October as well as a free shop pattern for this feather and fan cowl that uses two skeins of this fabulous yarn.


Mooncups & Keepers - Reusable Menstrual Cup