Today's guest blogger is Elizabeth Green Musselman, designer of Kid Chimera.
I love designing knitwear with boys in mind. This doesn't always mean that those designs just look good on boys—certainly the Kid Chimera convertible hat/cowl that I designed for the Knittin' Little fall collection looks adorable on this little girl.
But as has been noted by so many knitters with boys in their lives, there aren't a lot of patterns designed for boys, or at least with them in mind. I have a son of my own (who's 11), and he's always been a free spirit just like me, so it's important to me to put work out there that doesn't play as too girly while also avoiding the confining boxes most boy clothes get boxed into (neutral colors, dinosaurs, trucks).
In my experience, boys like clothes that are comfortable and that they can have fun in. And they're not the only ones. I was a play-outside / rarely-in-skirts kind of girl, and I mainly wanted clothes to be the things that made it possible for me to play.
With that in mind, I made this piece versatile. If you button up all the buttons on this cowl, you can wear this piece as a hat, which appeals to all of my and my son's tinkering tendencies. (How can I wear this now?)
I also like to design pieces that take advantage of gorgeous-but-tough-to-use stash items. Kid Chimera uses one skein of variegated, hand-dyed, DK-weight yarn. Show of hands: how many of you have something like this in your stash? It was so gorgeous when you bought it at the shop or the fiber festival—heck, it still IS gorgeous—but now that the siren call of gorgeousness has faded, what on earth are you going to do with it—particularly since variegated yarn can pool in all kinds of funny ways that you may not like? The simple stitch pattern in this piece helps to break up those patches of color so that you get a pleasing color tone throughout.
Finally, I had such fun picking out the buttons for the two samples you see pictured above. My button stash isn't that big, but given how many colors are in each skein of the gorgeous Leading Men Fiber Arts Dramaturg, it was easy to find coordinating-colored buttons to match. (The red buttons you see on the girl's cowl were from a blazer I no longer wear, but whose buttons I loved!)
In all, this ended up being such a fun piece to work on, and I hope you enjoy creating this versatile, stylish piece for your own adventuresome kid friend.
Thank you Elizabeth! I really am in love with this design and cannot wait to cast on one for D! While I definitely have those lone DK skeins (please, who doesn't?) that Metamorphosis colorway (the greens) is calling my name.
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