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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

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Guest Blogger: Kimberly Golynskiy

Andrea Sanchez

Today's post is by Kimberly Golynskiy, designer of Molloy.. 

The first thing a knitter thinks when they find out they are having a baby is “Ooooh, what am I going to make?!” You dream of all the beautiful handknit heirlooms you’ll lovingly create for your little one and the amazing pictures you’ll take of your precious darling child happily wearing them. And then this happens:

I imagine this is a bummer for all knitters, but when you design and need to get pictures of your knitwear in action it can be really frustrating. I’m convinced the child models for Knittin Little are the most well-behaved kids on the planet or there is a person standing just off camera with a bowl of jelly beans feeding them between shots. Hey - I’m not judging - the photo shoot for the Mila Sweetpea Dress required both ice cream AND gummy worms.

My daughter, Mila, is now 5 and no longer cries/screams/rips off my knitwear, though there is a general “hurry up and take my picture so I can get this off” face in every shot. I’ve recently taken a new tactic to get her interested in the things I make - I’m having her design along with me. When a new call for submissions comes out, I show her the mood board and let her go crazy with a croquis (a croquis is a ready made figure template used for designing). I haven’t quite figured out how to knit the things she draws, but I love her bold use of color and mixing of patterns.

I thought letting her pick out yarn might improve the likelihood of her actually wearing the stuff I make for her but she wanted to combine a teal and orange Freia Ombre with a very expensive maroon Twist Mink. The girl certainly has good taste in yarn, but she somehow gets chocolate on everything she wears, so I had to adjust my strategy. Now I let her pick the colors from pre-approved yarn (something superwash or acrylic) and that’s worked out better. Here she is enjoying (well, at least not ripping it off) a hat in a rainbow (or course!) mix of Cascade 220 Superwash. Baby steps!

Someday they’ll appreciate the things we knit for them (right?!?), but until then, if you have a little one who isn’t excited about what you make, get them invested by letting them pick the yarn colors and maybe even the pattern!

Thank you Kimberly! And our models are definitely not the most well behaved. Our photographer is a) super fast and b) she promised them all vanilla wafers after. Whatever works. 

You can find Kimberly on Twitter, Instagram, or Ravelry. Molloy is also now available as an instant download on Ravelry. 

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Dapper

Andrea Sanchez

The Fall 2015 Collection has been full of texture with some really fun colorwork thrown in. This final piece is no exception. Dapper by Alana Dakos, is nothing but rich and cozy garter stitch worked up into a handsome gentleman's jacket. 

This jacket has so many wonderful details that I almost don't know where to start! It features 3 little pockets, perfect for carrying treasures. It has a handsome notched collar and side vents on the back. The set-in sleeves show off the surgeon's cuffs and while this jacket looks so tailored (just like dad's suit jacket!) a lot of the detailed work is done at the same time as the knitting. 

This adorable jacket is knit in Cascade 220 Heathers. So many knitters love the hardwearing Cascade 220, which, superwash or not, will make a great yarn for a child's garment. And with a gazillion colors, you should have no trouble pleasing any young gentleman. 

I've had such great time sharing each of these patterns with you and I hope you've found something worth knitting.  But we aren't done yet! Coming next week, some of our designers will be guest blogging here on Knittin' Little sharing their stories about their designing, knitting, and their own littles. 

Dapper

Sizes

  • 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
  • Finished Chest Circumference: 24.75 (26.75, 28.75, 30.75, 32.75, 34.75)” / 63 (68, 73, 78, 83.5, 88.5) cm

Yarn

  • Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yd / 200 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; color 8011; 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins
  • OR approx. 550 (625, 700, 800, 925, 1025) yd / 500 (550, 625, 725, 825, 925) m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend.

 

You can now purchase this pattern directly from Ravelry! 


Grove Pullover

Andrea Sanchez

I am very excited to have Kate Oates contribute a design to our Fall Collection. I love that her garments for kids are casual, have grown-up charm, and are oh, so wearable. Grove Pullover is no exception to this. 

Grove Pullover is a bottom up raglan pullover (one of my favorite ways to knit sweaters!) that features a zippered placket, high collar, and leather elbow and shoulder patches! Not to mention the moss stitch that gives this simple shape so much texture and interest. 

Please do not be intimidated by the finishing in this pattern! Kate is a master of thorough explanations, and even provides a link in the pattern to tutorials on her site which include a template for the elbow patches. 

This sweater was knit in Dream in Color Classy. Classy is one of those hardwearing yarns, perfect for children's knits. It is dyed in a wide array of beautiful and vibrant colors. Even better, it comes in large 250 yard skeins so you will get a lot of mileage out of that yarn. 

Grove Pullover makes me picture little boys running out in apple orchards or playing in the leaves. It is the perfect fall pullover for your little, and with 6 sizes to choose from you can knit one for the next few years too!

Grove Pullover

 

Size

  • 2 (4, 6, 8)[10, 12)
  • Finished Chest: 23.5 (25.25, 27.75, 29.5)[32, 34.5]”

Yarn

Dream in Color Classy, 100% merino; 250 yds/ 113g; Strange Harvest, 2 (3, 3, 4)[4, 5] skeins

Grove Pullover is now available as a Ravelry Download!