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The Best of the Midwest Stitches Fashion Show

7 New Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More

By: Audrey Huggett, Editor,
The Best of the Midwest Stitches Fashion Show

Knitting is largely a solitary pursuit; the times when knitters do get together as a larger group tend to be celebratory, almost like giant fiber parties. The Knitting Universe STITCHES events are permanently bookmarked in every knitter’s calendar. To accommodate the wide geographic range of knitters, there are four STITCHES events across the nation: East, South, West, and Midwest. Each show can then showcase the talents of local knitters and fiber enthusiasts. The STITCHES shows are a weekend of pure woolly and fiber bliss, with lots of fun and friends thrown in for good measure. One of the most anticipated events at STITCHES is the fashion show, where knitters gather to see the latest designs modeled before their eyes.

The fashion show is such a popular and inspiring part of the STITCHES event that the Knitting Universe has decided to compile some of the best designs into an eBook, The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 New Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More. If you missed the fashion show this year, this free eBook is the best way to recreate the experience. You can be the star of your own fashion show when you knit up these gorgeous patterns.

Free Shawl Patterns

Susan's Shawl

Knitters, almost universally, love shawl patterns. Shawls knit up with relative ease—you don’t have to worry about sleeves, anyway—and there is a lot of room for variation between different patterns. Knit shawl patterns can be the same general shape, yet look completely different, giving knitters a lot of room to experiment with different styles. The shawls in The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 New Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More are sure to become favorites. Susan’s Shawl (page 24) is a prime example of the gorgeous shawl patterns that you will find in this free eBook. This pattern features bands of lace that are easily mastered by the novice knitter, yet still attractive.

The Princess Hibiscus Shawl (page 22) is a beautiful pattern that features an intricate lace boarder. An enterprising knitter with a bit of ambition could easily knit all of the shawl patterns in The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 New Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More to get her holiday knitting out of the way. With so many marvelous shawl patterns to choose from, it will be hard to pick just one to knit.

Creative Knit Tops

Evening Allure Sweater

Wondering how to keep warm this winter? These knit top patterns will keep you warm and stylish. Whether you’re planning on wearing your hand knitted top to the office or a fancy dinner, these patterns will make you look like a cover girl. Created by some of the top designers at STITCHES, these gorgeous tops will be a joy to knit and wear. Knit up one of these patterns in your favorite color to create a top that you will want to wear year round. Patterns like the Elegant Evening Sweater (page 16) make perfect additions to an outfit.

The other knit tops in The Best of the Midwest STITCHES Fashion Show: 7 New Inspiring Free Shawl Patterns, Knit Tops & More are just as attractive. You can throw on the Angelica Vest (page 5) any time you are feeling a bit chilly and still want to look fabulous. A tasteful bit of lace makes this vest pattern a versatile garment that you can wear almost anywhere.  Choose an extra warm yarn to make a vest the perfect winter companion. Everyone knows how chilly it can be even indoors during the cold months, so think ahead and knit up one of these wonderfully warm tops. These knit tops are fun projects to knit. It doesn’t get better than a project you can both knit and wear; the practical side of these knitting patterns is undeniable. The feeling of pride you will get when wearing your very own handiwork is reason enough to start one of these projects.

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How to Knit an Infinity Scarf + 9 Fashionable Cowl Knitting Patterns: Nothing screams "fashion" quite the way that infinity scarves and cowls do. With this free eBook, you'll be armed with plenty of patterns to keep you trendy (and comfortable!) all year long.

Red Heart Patterns for Baby: 12 Easy Knitting Patterns for Little Ones: Red Heart has done it again with a slew of adorable knitting patterns specifically for the newest additions to your family! From precious blankets to the sweetest of sweaters, you can be sure this eBook will help you keep the newborn bundled up and cozy throughout his or her tenderest years.

How to Knit a Sweater: 7 Free Sweater Patterns: The best part about sweaters is that they never go out of style. You'll always have a need for sweaters, and they'll always be there for you to warm you from the wintry cold or chilly air conditioning. This eBook has some of the cutest, most classic sweater patterns available, and it's entirely free!

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I want to knit Susan's Shawl from Fiesta. I printed the pattern and was unable to read the chart key and any of the symbols. I tried to enlarge the chart and was unable to do so. Is it possible that you could send the chart on page 27 enlarged enough to read the key and symbols? I would greatly appreciate your help. Thanks, Cinda Curtis


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