• Beatriz

Hi! Today I am going to talk about a design that was released this last April, in the beginning of the lockdown here in Santiago. It's a half-pi fingering weight shawl, called Parral. I love knitting shawls, and even thought I don't get the chance to wear them as much as I would love to, they are one of my favourite pieces to knit and design - you have so many shapes, constructions and freedom with stitch patterns that I almost always have one on the needles.

But back to this one, Parral is a spanish word for sort of like a wild vineyard that has not been pruned. It is a squishy garter stitch, with bobbles, lace and twisted rib, worked from the top-down with an i-cord tab cast-on and edges, this pattern will fly off of your needles in no time. This project is also great stash buster as you can use different colors for each section, minis, etc.


Total of 900 yds (823m) in two colors. Sample shows Color A. One skein of ChileKnitz Nube Fingering 100% Extrafine Superwash Merino Wool in colorway Purl 400m/100g (437yds/100g) Color B. One skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, in colorway Pansy 423m/100g (462yds/100g)

NEEDLES 3.75mm (US 5) circular needle with cable long enough to accomodate all stitches comfortably, or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS & TOOLS blocking tools, scissors, stitch markers (optional), tapestry needle

GAUGE 19 sts x 34 rows in 10 cm (4”) in garter stitch after blocking

SIZE 160 cm (63 in) wingspan x 65 cm (26 in) depth

I hope you like it!

  • Beatriz

Hello again!

Today I bring you the Nogueira Sweater, another design that is part of the Miss Babs 2020 Fall Collection. This sweater was inspired by a small neighborhood in the city of Petropolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cooler temperatures and abundant nature of the place make this neighborhood a very popular weekend destination during Brazil’s fall and winter months. It is a beautiful place that I have had the pleasure to visit many times as I was growing up and holds a dear spot in my heart.

Yarn Miss Babs Killington 85% Polwarth Wool, 15% Tussah Silk; 700 yd/8.5 oz (640 m/240 g) skeins; 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) (3, 4, 4, 4) skeins, shown in Night Life

Or approximately 1190 (1350, 1510, 1660, 1820) (1980, 2140, 2300, 2460) yards/1090 (1240, 1390, 1520, 1670) (1820, 1970, 2110, 2250) meters of DK weight yarn.

Finished Measurements Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9) Chest: 33¾ (37¾, 41¾, 45¾, 49¾) (53¾, 57¾, 61¾, 65¾)”/84.5 (94.5, 104.5, 114.5, 124.5) (134.5, 144.5, 154.5, 164.5) cm

Shown in Size 2 (37¾”/94.5 cm), to be worn with 2-4”/5-10 cm of positive ease.

Needles • US 5 3.75 mm circular needle, 32”/80 cm long or size to obtain gauge • US 5 3.75 mm double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge • US 3 3.25 mm double-pointed needles, or two sizes smaller than needle used to obtain gauge

Gauge Blocked: 18 stitches and 26 rounds = 4”/10 cm square in stockinette stitch using larger needles. Unblocked: 20 stitches and 25 rounds = 4”/10 cm square in stockinette stitch using larger needles.

I hope you like it!

Photo: Miss Babs

  • Beatriz

Today is my life-long best-friend's birthday and unfortunately I can't be with her today to celebrate and give her a hug (which might be actually a good thing, because she is not really comfortable with hugs LOL).

Anna, I hope you have a great day today and this new cicle brings you lots of joy and reasons to smile. Since meeting you that day in the pool when we were 8, I am grateful to have had you in my life for both the good and not-so-good times. Don't ever stop being this funny and silly person we all love so much. Happy birthday!