Thursday, September 19, 2013
Pattern Debut: Javi
Yay, it's pattern no. 2 from my early Autumn pattern extravaganza!
As you can imagine, this one is extra special--it was inspired by, knit for and modeled by my little man. We took these pictures first thing in the morning, so we could ensure a happy baby. And it worked!
The sample is knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in three shades of green--Forest Heather, Grass and Peapod, with Oyster Heather for the main color. For 4 of the 5 sizes, you only need 2 balls of the main color and 1 each of the contrast colors, which makes this a pretty economical sweater--under $20 for the yarn!
The sweater is knit from the top down, starting at the back neck. The front neck is started separately, and the sweater is joined in the round at the under arms, and finished in one piece. Both sides of the neck open, making it easy to slip on over the head of even the squirmiest baby.
It's also a great unisex sweater to knit for expectant moms--steer clear of bright pink, and it works for either a boy or a girl. (Or maybe you know a baby boy who just looks good in pink--whatever works!)
This pattern is available from Knit Picks or in my Ravelry shop for $4.99.
I'll post a follow up this weekend suggesting more color combos for this sweater, and announcing a giveaway for a FREE Javi sweater kit! Stay tuned!
Finished chest measurements: 18 (19, 20, 21, 22)” / 46 (48, 50, 53, 56) cm, to fit babies and toddlers approximately 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months old.
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10cm in st st on size US 5 / 3.75mm needles.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport, 137yd/50g ball. MC Oyster Heather: 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) balls; CC A Forest Heather, CC B Grass, CC C Peapod: 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) ball(s) each.
Or approximately 175 (200, 225, 250, 275) yds / 160 (180, 205, 230, 250) m sport weight yarn in main color, and 30 (50, 75, 100, 130) yds / 30 (45, 70, 90, 120) m each of 3 contrast colors.
1 US 5 / 3.75mm 16” / 40cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
1 set US 5 / 3.75mm double pointed needles
1 US 3 / 3.25mm 16” / 40cm circular needle, or needle 2 sizes smaller than that used for gauge.
1 set US 3 / 3.25mm DPNs
Scrap yarn or yarn holders
Six ½” / 15mm buttons