New Pattern & Giveaway!

I’m really excited to share my new design, Oxidar, from Manos del Uruguay! The pullover is worked from the bottom up, seamlessly in one piece. After the lower portion is worked as two flat sides (to create the high/low hem) the body is worked up in one piece to the underarm, and then in smaller pieces to the shoulders. To keep the sleeves seamless stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeves are worked in the round to the cuff. The whole sweater has absolutely no seams to sew!

Oxidar by Mari Chiba
© Fairmount Fibers

My original inspiration for the sweater came from my Pinterest board, and unsurprisingly it’s a ready-to-wear garment from Anthropologie.

Inspiration photo from Anthropologie
Inspiration photo from Anthropologie

I loved the triangle shape on the back, but wanted something to mimic it on the front–although I love mullet sweaters (party in the back, business in the front) I wanted this design to be fun on BOTH sides. I love how the front V mimics the V neck on the front, and the shallower Vs on the back come to a point.

Oxidar by Mari Chiba
© Fairmount Fibers

I also really enjoyed knitting with the new Manos Silk Blend. It’s a sport weight silk and wool blend. I didn’t expect to get such shine and stitch definition from a single, and was really pleased with how perfectly it worked for this design.

Oxidar by Mari Chiba
© Fairmount Fibers

The subtle changes of the color are also quite magical. Depending on the light this yarn could look more brown, more green, or more lavender. I think it’s a beautiful color that most women would look great in! (The colorway in the sample is Briar.)

Manos Silk Blend
Manos Silk Blend

Giveaway!

I’m also really excited that Manos has offered a free copy of the pattern and a skein of Mano Silk blend to try out to one lucky blog reader! To enter for a chance to win a skein of Manos Silk Blend in the color of your choice and a copy of my new pattern Oxidar leave a comment on this post telling me which shade of Silk Blend is your favorite. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, July 7th.

 

123 Responses

  1. Bonnie
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    I just love the Wisteria! The pattern is a style I just would love to make too!

    • Mary W
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      I am wild about this pattern and can’t wait to try it! I love the back and the way it is constructed. This must be my next project!

  2. Christine
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    What a pretty pattern. I would love to make it.

  3. Caitlin 'TAnk' Bradley
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    Marzipan is great. And holy cow does Briar look totally different photographed as a skein! Kohl is also fabulous but probably a bit less practical with a white dog 😛

  4. Lizbeth
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    This pattern is amazing! I love the midnight semi-solid.

  5. laura
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    I’m really one extreme or the other. My first thought was Shocking, because neons are my favorite, but then I saw oxblood and bing cherry. *drool*…then I made it to the variegated colorways. I loved lava.

  6. Ronald
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    How do you pick a favorite from so many great colors? Fire, Oxblood, Artistic Shadow, Tomato — oh, I’ll say Dark Wash.

  7. Kristin Tolle
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    So elegant! Adding it to my queue!

  8. Savannagal
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    I love your new pattern. The longer back and the ribbing, gorgeous. I really hope to make this sweater. It fits my style perfectly. As for the yarn color, I’d choose either olive or marzipan. It’s hard to tell the colors on screen though. I do love browns and greens. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Nikki Lee
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    You really put me in a pickle! Choose one??? I instantly wowed at the Caribe that takes me to a rain forest jungle (bird and monkey sounds in the back ground), but then there’s Patina which reminds me so much of the beach vacations with my family playing and resting at the sight of the beautiful ocean. If I have to pick, then its gotta be Patina. I like the loose flexible ribbing going around the middle, but the eye catcher is the front and back “v” for me! Your creations are absolutely wonderful!

  10. Meghan
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    Beautiful pattern! I’ve never seen a shirt with a “v” on the back like that. I like it!
    My favorite colorway is Shocking. It was hard to choose, though.

  11. Kathy
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    My fave color is Hibiscus because the colorway reminds me of my hibiscus tree on my front porch. It was given to me by my husband 12 years ago and the first blooms appear every year right on our anniversary date, June 15th!

  12. Lisa
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    Love this pattern and though it is so hard to pick one color I choose Wisteria

  13. P.J. Coldren
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    I’d love to make this in Pewter – it would go with my grey pants and my black pants and my blue pants . . . and so many other colors.

  14. Dana Overstreet
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    Love this sweater and looks like something that will make me actually finish a sweater. Great design.

  15. Alice
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    I LOVE this pattern! The architectural details are beautiful. My favorite color of Silk Blend is Tahiti. It’s hard to choose just one shade because they all look wonderful.

  16. SimplySusan
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    Love Oxblood and the pattern!

  17. Michelle
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    I am swooning for Marzipan, such a beautiful neutral. Amazingly beautiful pattern too! Very modern and I love the shaping 🙂

  18. Jenny Graves
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    So many beautiful ones to choose! My favorites are Citric and Nickel…

  19. Alice Placencia
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    First of all, I love, love, love the pattern – very figure flattering and the color I would choose is Briar, but there are many beautiful colors to choose from!

  20. T Turner
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    Hard to decide but if I have to pick one, it would be “Pewter”. Love this pattern.

  21. Dawn S
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    I love Dove, though they are all beautiful!

  22. Pat Collingwood
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    Lovely pattern, my favourite colour is Cactus Flower

  23. Paula
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    I think the pattern style is very nice. As for the yarn I would choose Oxblood or secondly bing cherry. Wish I could find that color in lipstick too! Thank you

  24. Paula
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    Well just saw I can’t even type my email address right so here it is. Oxblood. Lol

  25. Lynne
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    I just love this pattern. I’ve been looking for a new sweater to knit and I just love it. The Wisteria looks luscious and I can absolutely see it in that color.

  26. TerriSue
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    The pattern is beautiful. I really like the color Wedgewood. Thank you so much for the chance.

  27. Fay
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    Such a beautiful design!
    Zinnia is my favorite Silk blend like the flower it is stunningly brilliant and striking

  28. Rachel McKinney
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    Love the surf colorway. Great pattern!

  29. Patsy Coats
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    Caribe

  30. Sara
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    It’s so hard to pick just one! I think I’d have to pick Oxygen, though.

  31. Anne Biebel
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    Love the Kelly, although it appears to be discontinued… My second choice is Mermaid. I have never knit a sweater, and it is on my bucket list….this looks like a great one to attempt!

  32. Lori delbridge
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    Woodland is lovely and bing cherry just edible!

  33. Cindy K
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    What a lovely pattern! And made with a great yarn. I would love to knit this in Bing Cherry.

  34. Heidi
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    Beautiful pattern and yarn! How does one choose. I love too many. Tomato, tahiti, juniper, aster and Olive are all cAlling my name the loudest! Thank you again for sharing your talent and a great giveaway!

  35. kim
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    No questions asked, Willow! BEAUTIFUL!!

  36. Patti Anne
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    I love wedgewood! Gorgeous pattern!

  37. Roxanne
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    Love the design! I agree with many who have posted regarding all the beautiful colors but, I would love to knit this in Natural. I can see it paired with jeans for a casual chic look or with black, navy or charcoal slacks with a string of pearls for an evening out.

  38. Wanda Crowell
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    i love the pattern and the color Juniper.

  39. Styarna
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    Definitely the Topaz shade. It would make this great pattern a stunning piece!

  40. Cathy
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    Love this pattern…and the yarn! Marsala and Dove would be faves for me…

  41. Bonnie
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    Ooooooh, how I love that pattern…. I think Tahiti would be wonderful! Please say that pattern is written in some plus sizes for us fluffier ladies!

  42. Cheryl
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    I love this pattern. It would be lovely in tomato but I also like the fire; I am drawn to the warm tones of the reds.
    So much detail, trendy yet a classic design. Thank you

  43. Sharon Boggs
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    Wisteria would be my favorite color, I am a Lavender Blue kinda girl. Hope this pattern goes up to a size 20…I love the design and color you choose..and the bit of shine with the yarn is nice, the way it drapes would make me look nice!!…..I Even like the Antropologie shirt..Looks like it could be worn back or front. What a good idea for vaccation travel. Thanks for Pictures…

  44. Juneva
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    Bing Cherry…NOW I’m hungry to start knitting and hungry for that luscious perfect fruit…To the Kitchen!!!!

  45. Nancy Morales
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    Such a beautiful design. The yarn color choices are lovely as well. I opt for the Tomato color way. Thank you.

  46. Vicki williams
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    Wisteria is gorgeous.. Would love to try the pattern

  47. Jesie
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    Super hard choice BUT for this pattern, I would choose Tomato! I think it would look fabulous in a saturated red.

  48. Maryzona
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    Love the design and since I seem to be in a purple mood lately, Astor is the color that is speaking to me.
    (Okay. It’s yelling. “Buy Me!”)

  49. Julie
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    Really hard to choose! But I’ll go with juniper. Can’t wait to get the pattern, win it or buy it! I’ll be a happy girl…

  50. Amber
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    Astor!!!! Because no matter how much I try to do different I always pick the dark purple.

    Such a a beautiful pattern!

    Ummrania on ravelry

  51. Denise
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    I’m in love for olive color! Great pattern!!!

  52. Steffi
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    A wonderful design- absolutely ♡ it!
    And my favorite Silk Blend color is 2190 Caribbean 😀
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  53. Susan Cappello
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    I love the new pattern. My pet peeve is having to weave in ends and sew pieces together. I usually only knit patterns that are seamless. Your sweater is similar to a top I purchased from Loft. Great job on the design!

  54. Linda
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    All of the colors are so beautiful! One of my favorites is Chartreuse.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  55. Laura Storie
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    i’ve been looking for a pattern just like this to knit a sweater for a teen girl from Haiti coming to the US. She would love the color algae

  56. Gayle
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    The pattern is beautiful. I’ve never knitted an adult sweater, but would love to try this one. All such beautiful colors. I changed my mind several different times, but Woodland is my choice.

  57. Christine H
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    So many pretty colors! I like Tahiti the best.

  58. Michelle
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    Wonderful pattern. Congrats! I would knit it in Wedgewood.

  59. Penny S
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    Tomato!! This would be awesome for Christmas!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  60. tresa
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    Marzipan love the design

  61. Joan Seely
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    I really love this sweater! Looks comfortable and flattering. I’d do it in Countess Violet>

  62. Suz
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    What a beautiful pattern, I think it would look great in Kohl. Thanks for sharing

  63. Natalie
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    The sweater is gorgeous. There are so many beautiful colours in the yarn but Citruc calls to me the most today.

  64. Pat Summers
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    Love the sweater and would love to have the pattern. Really enjoy getting your emails. Thanks

  65. Knitty
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    Fascinating pattern – when will it be available?
    So many colors to choose from! I am having trouble choosing but like Tahiti, Patina, Oxigen, Cactus Flower & Wildflowers. decisions, decisions, decisions!!!

  66. Kelly
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    Grooving on the Hibiscus!

  67. Marta/ Knitsie
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    Beautiful design and beautiful yarn. My favorite is Desert with Nickel a close second.

  68. Virginia S
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    Marsala is my favorite.

  69. Diane Powers
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    Many beautiful colors, but I really like Plum.

  70. Carolyn
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    Cactus Flower is such a happy color! Knitting your lovely pattern with that yarn would keep me singing!

  71. Kendra
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    I love that the design is so contemporary! My favorite color of Silk is Hibiscus.

  72. Sue
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    I would love a chance to knit this pattern in Tahiti! I love the soothing color and wearing the completed sweater will remind me of fun family times in the summer.

  73. Martha
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    Oh! Definately Oxblood! So elegant. The pattern is wonderfully Mari! Congratulations!

  74. Christine
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    I love the Oxblood colorway and I think this sweater would be stunning in it.

  75. Ellen
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    I believe this sweater would be lovely in “Wildflowers” with back panel in a corresponding solid color to highlight the uniqueness of the design.

  76. Knitty
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    where can I purchase it? I couldn’t find it on Craftsy. Do you sell it on your site?

  77. Vera
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    Gorgeous pattern with lovely details and looks to be very flattering on a wide range of figure types! Definitely a keeper. It was a toss-up for me between Bing Cherry and Juniper, such lovely colors.

  78. Sandy Avery
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    Bing cherry – although all of the colors are great. I just bought the pattern and I am using extreme self-control to set it aside until I have time in August.

  79. Cathy
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    I, too, like the briar. I am partial to earth tones; this reflects that with a little pizazz. This pattern would look great on anyone.

  80. asteride
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    I love Juniper. Great pattern, I like the lateral slits.

  81. Lulu
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    Citrus, I love green!

  82. Sherry
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    Would have to be Marsala!!!

  83. Lyn
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    This pattern is so my style and I love the yarn and think shocking is exciting!

  84. Jill Metcalf
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    Love the pattern and that it appears flattering for all sizes. The color Oxblood has my name in it! Steel is a close second.

  85. Natalie D.
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    I love this pattern!!!
    The colorway that I like the most is Hibiscus 🙂

  86. Pam Lambird
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    Oxidar looks fabulous. I’m always altering patterns to eliminate seams. It’s so nice to have a designer create such a good looking pattern with no seams for me to remove. Thanks!

  87. Pam Lambird
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    Surf is interesting color.

  88. Robin
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    Love the Pine…it would be beautiful with this pattern!

  89. Anne Marie
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    SUCH a pretty pattern! And amazing color choices. Hmmm. Saffron!

  90. Linda Dreier
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    I could make this sweater. And even better actually wear it. Love the look!

  91. Jennie
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    I love neutrals! Dove is my favorite color way 🙂

  92. Becky
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    Elegant yet comfortable…. My choice would be Steel. Such beautiful colors to choose from!

  93. Maria M.
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    The new Plumb color looks gorgeous! What an interesting pattern to try as well. Thank you for the opportunity.

  94. Pam
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    I’m so torn between Olive and Willow (actually, let’s be honest, I love every single one) but I’m going with Willow. Partly because I think the colour will allow maximum impact for Oxidor’s design, and partly because I green shades are my ‘neutral’ – they go with blue jeans, black tights, my purple scarf, a bit of pink and/or yellow splashed about…

  95. Bonnie
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    love the pattern

  96. Kmaria
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    I like Marzipan the best. But Topaz is a close second. Either would be a great color for this pretty pattern.

  97. Larry
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    interesting pattern, I think I like the algae color best

  98. Helen
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    I agree with you earlier post, algae is a lovely color. Odd name for such a beautiful hue

  99. Karen
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    I would definitely make this up in Juniper but there are so many other beautiful colors! It’s very hard to choose just one.

  100. Willi
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    love this pattern. My favorite color is Juniper, but it is difficult to choose!!

  101. angel laforme
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    The sweater is just beautiful. I love all the colors but the lava colorway was my favorite.

  102. Julie Utley
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    Juniper is wonderful and the pattern…I can’t wait to work on that one!

  103. MB Brosnihan
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    They are all wonderful colors. Since I have to pick one, I’ll say Pewter. Amazing patter, too. Won’t get bored with it,for sure. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  104. deborah
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    I love your newest pattern – it has great style for those of us who love to hide our tushies! Plus I love the sleeve length and the simple finishing – you love to make your patterns simple yet interesting! Kudos to you! P.s. I love the plum color in the Silk Blend –
    I think it would be amazing in this pattern! Thanks again!

  105. Carmen N
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    So hard to choose just one but I’ll have to go with Aster

  106. Sheri Balderree
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    Moss would be my choice. Love this pattern, love the detail. Gorgeous!

  107. Julie
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    I think steel would really highlight these great textures!

  108. Connie
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    Pine for me! Love, love this pattern – I would make this one for myself!

  109. Noreen
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    I like cherry blossom and wisteria

  110. Marit Fredheim
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    Lovely pattern, exiting to try, and olivenolje would be Nice!!

  111. Marit Fredheim
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    Very nice pattern, lovely for tall People like me! Olive would be Nice!!

  112. Linda R
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    Wow! I love the complexity of Moss. I think it would pair nicely with this pattern.

  113. Joan Merrifield
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    A few years ago went to your coop and meet some of your ladies and did a shawl out of your yarn would love to do wisteia

  114. […] Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Oxidar pattern giveaway and a chance to win a skein of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend! If you missed the post you can read more about my new design in this blog post. […]

  115. Virginia Tunstsll
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    I just love this sweater. This is the type of garment I gravitate to – comfy AND classy! I would love yo knit it in Marsala. Such a warm, lovely color.

  116. Diane Hurd
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    Ahhh! Completed a scarf with Manos’ Maxima … luscious to work with … and bet Silk Blend is too! Perhaps it is the suggestion of New Jersey/PA RIPE RED SUMMER HARVEST but I would HAVE to go with TOMATO should I win this giveaway! How many skeins does this fabulous sweater take? Looking forward to reading the edit . Thank you! Diane

  117. Angie
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    Great sporty Tunic. I’d love to make this pattern!

  118. Rose Nishiyama
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    The Magenta caught my eye and I had to go back to it several times to make sure that I liked it the best, and yes it was? It’s such a beautiful color, would add some rosey color to my face, so a scarf would be nice.

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