sweater

Chuck

Love this little sweater, I’ve been wanting to use this motif for a long time to make a sophisticated “Charlie Brown” sweater, with a big zigzag feature. Of course the motif could be omitted and leave the knitter with a great crew neck sweater template that could be personalized.

I think this will be so adorable on little dudes, but would work for little girls too of course! 
The construction is a breeze, top-down and completely seamless with just a few short rows at the neckline for a more comfortable fit.

Chuck calls for worsted weight yarn like Malabrigo Rios and is available in sizes 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase the pattern here

Robin Hoodie

I’m quite happy with this one, love the rustic / mini lumberjack feel for little boys. Though I could see it looking super cozy and more gender-neutral in a solid cream or taupe-ish color as well. 

I also wonder what it would look like in a more variegated or a semi-sold colorway? I think this stitch pattern would be interesting with some color variation. This is one of those, “can’t believe how simple it is to work, and how fancy it looks” stitch patterns. I’m always on the hunt for those!

So there you go, my version of the comfy hoodie :)

The pattern calls for heavy worsted/aran weight yarn, such as Cascade Ecological Wool and is available in sizes 3mo to 8yo. You can purchase it here.

Peekaboo

“Peekaboo! I see you!” This classic crew-neck top-down sweater gets downright playful with its faux undershirt peeking out of it. Garter stripes offer endless customization opportunities while using up yarn leftovers, and cute faux seams add a nice polished touch. There’s even an option to add pockets!

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Peekaboo calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Boy Sweater

Here’s one that I think every little man AND every little lady should have :)Shawl collars are always nice and cozy under a coat -- especially for children who, like mine, adamantly reject scarves… Designed to be relatively close-fitting, this sweater won’t add bulk under a jacket. The twisted rib detail and a fun (and easy!) texture stitch add a bit of sophistication. Comfort and style!

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Boy Sweater calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Tutu Top

Sweet and simple and super-swingy… The idea was to give that gauzy, “tutu” feel while keeping this top modern and practical.The result is not too frilly but definitely girly!

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Tutu Top calls for aran weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

New Year Resolution #1: Selfish Knitting

So. New Year resolutions. Yea or Nay? (I almost wrote "yay", ha) I have a few resolutions floating in my head, nothing set in stone. Perhaps writing them down here will make them more likely to happen!

One thing I want to do this year, for my own sanity really, is to carve out some time for "selfish knitting." My definition of this would include knitting more things for myself of course (rather than just for my children or for gift-giving). But also, and this is trickier for me to do: not always knitting with a potential design in mind, or heavily modifying an existing design that falls short of what I want.

Rather, the idea would to just knit recreationally sometimes, mindlessly really, from a great pattern that someone else has completely worked out. Trying to get back the feeling of meditation that you can get from the act of knitting, knitting in the round, stitch after stitch to create a sea of stockinette, or chanting the instructions to yourself as you work a lace repeat.

So: here's my first Selfish Knit of the year, which I did as part of a Knitalong on Ravelry-- A first for me! That was fun!!

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Pattern: Sprig by Alana Dakos, a "preview" from the upcoming Botanical Knits 2 collection

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Birch Heather

Time to knit: about 3 weeks, but I knit most of it in 10 days.

My mods: I started with the smallest size for the neckline because I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't gape. Then I increased until I got the raglan stitch counts for the second size, and added the number of underarm stitches of the third size. So I ended somewhere between size 2 and 3 for the bust and sleeves. My detailed mods are visible on my Ravelry page.

What I thought about the pattern: A really neat and clever design, surprisingly straightforward and pretty fast to knit. I loved working the neckline, I will definitely use this idea of working "attaching as you knit" in the future. I liked the little finishing touches, which make the sweater look really polished. I do think it fits well but I had to mix-n-match the stitch counts to achieve this. On the other hand I am not getting the boatneck effect, but honestly, even though it looks lovely on the model with nothing underneath, I wouldn't love it as much with a bra-strap or t-shirt peeking-out of it.

What I would do differently next time: I wouldn't use Cascade 220, which is one of the yarns that is suggested, the resulting fabric is a bit too stiff, lacking drape. I was hoping it would grow a bit during blocking but it did not budge at all, which is a good thing in general! The alternate yarn suggested is 50% alpaca, so the drape would be better, though I'd worry that the gorgeous neckline details might get lost in the alpaca fuzzies.

I think I might also skip the waist shaping altogether, it's a bit snug-fitting at the moment (leftover pregnancy weight notwithstanding) and possibly make longer sleeves, though that might mess up with the balance of the design.