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Guest Blogger: Meg Roke

Andrea Sanchez

Today's post is by guest blogger Meg Roke, designer of Sleepy Fox Jumper.

One day, while wasting too much time perusing boards on Pinterest, I came across a picture of a fluffy red fox sitting in the snow with his eyes shut tight…this little guy, to be exact. 

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Was he asleep or merely blocking out the cold wintry weather? I’ll never know, but I did know this little guy needed to be worked into a design. Thus, the Sleepy Fox Jumper was born.

The Sleepy Fox Jumper is a sweet little sleeveless A-line dress, which features a sleepy seated fox intarsia motif on the bottom left side of the front. 

This dress was knit in the lovely Blue Sky Alpaca Sport made from 100% alpaca. This is a perfect yarn choice for this project because alpaca fiber really softens after blocking, which results in fabric with excellent drape and pretty halo effect. The drape gives the fabric an overall relaxed and comfortable look. In my opinion, intarsia motifs always look a bit more polished and professional when the project yarn has a little halo to it. 

he pattern itself is quite beginner friendly. Yes, it has intarsia, but the shape of the dress is fairly simple. It is worked flat (front and backs worked separately to accommodate intarsia) from the bottom up. It has a higher neckline with a single button on the back neck edge. The bottom hem, armbands, and top collar are knit in garter stitch in a contrasting color. The body of the dress is knit in stockinette stitch. 

If you are new to intarsia, knit a swatch of just the fox using the chart in the pattern for practice before diving into the dress. 

This simple dress has many styling possibilities. Just think of all the cute printed shirts and colorful tights to pair with it! Every little girl needs a sleepy fox in her fall wardrobe.

Thanks for sharing Meg! I really love the leggings you paired with this jumper. I think it keeps this knitted garment super playful. 

You can find Meg on her blog or on Ravelry

The Sleepy Fox Jumper is now available as a Ravelry download!

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