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Round up of beautiful projects for babies and kids: Hyphen cardigan

When I released my Hyphen knitting pattern 9 months ago, I had no idea that it would quickly become one of my best-sellers. Many knitters have since then made adorable versions of this quick and practical cardigan for lucky babies and children.

I think there's something about the design that really allows knitters to make it their own. The textured yoke can be either a subtle, sophisticated touch that elevates a simple cardigan, or it can really make a statement. The whole cardigan can also serve as a great canvas for some serious creativity. These projects are a few of my favorites, made by very talented knitters (photos used with permission):

By the way, did you know that there is now a grown-up version now as well? It's called Em Dash, which, in case you are wondering, is a large hyphen... Get it? ;)

Did you make a Hyphen? What is your favorite thing about it? If you have a blog, please give us the link to your project so everybody can see!

 

 

 

Hyphen

I am so grateful for the unbelievable response you guys have given my newest release, Hyphen!

As always I was trying to come up with an effective, practical, well-fitting design that was free of fiddly techniques and potential headaches. The circular yoke is worked seamlessly from the top down in worsted weight (I used Malabrigo Rios) so it's a breeze to complete. The button bands are worked as you go, too. The textured stitch is incredibly easy and fun to knit, and it make semi-solid colorways really shine:

The result is a very comfy everyday cardigan that works for babies as well as bigger kids. It's distinctive-looking in an understated way, and it's gender-neutral, too, so it's the perfect gift for any baby shower. The sizes go from 3mo to 8yo.

If you're thinking you'd like one in your size, you'll be pleased to know that I'm working on a grown-up version! If you'd like to make sure you don't miss its release (or any of my new pattern releases) you can sign up to my newsletter (the sign-up form is in the right sidebar) and you'll be notified right away.

I've decided to host a knitalong for it in my Ravelry group, Club Frogginette, as well as on Instagram. It's started already but feel free to join, there's still plenty of time until May 20th. To participate either join my group or follow me on Instagram (I'm Frogginette on there too) and make sure you use the tag or hashtag "HyphenKAL" so everybody can see your progress! I will select 5 winners from the pool of finished, tagged projects, and those winners will receive a prize!

 

Colorplay dress in action!

My daughter is 2.5 years old and very opinionated about clothing. Lately, she decided that whatever I make for her is not worthy of her time. She'll run away screeching as soon as she sees me coming towards her with a hand-knit in hand. 

So it was a bit of a miracle when she finally adopted this little Colorplay dress last weekend. She even hammed it up for the camera. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

This is the first sample I made for the Colorplay dress pattern. As you can see, I didn’t “sandwich” the flower pattern with the arrows on this one and that bothered me after all was said and done, so I re-knit a sample in 3mo size (you can see it on the pattern page). The arrow pattern is also a bit taller in this version. Oh, and I made a mistake in the hem flower pattern! There’s an extra row in there and the top petals are not the same size as the bottom ones.

For all these reasons, this sample did not end up being the featured sample on my pattern page, but I’m really in love with the colors, very Mini Boden I think! I am usually into muted color palettes for kid's clothes but once in a while I have a longing for a big pop of color. Probably a sign that I can't wait for the winter to be over! This dress still slightly long on my daughter (she wears 3yo clothing and this is a 4yo) but I think the fit is quite good anyway. I could see her getting a lot of use out of it.