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New Pattern: Morning Chores

Andrea Sanchez

When I first read this month's Book Club pick, Feeding the Sheep, I knew it had to have a sweater to go with it. It warms my heart to no end that at the end of this story we find the mother has been processing all that wool to make a sweater for her daughter. I wanted a mostly simple sweater using a rustic but really special yarn. Morning Chores is it!

Morning Chores is a basic, bottom-up pullover. It is knit entirely in the round with the sleeves first, then body, then joining everything at the yoke. I love this method because once you get to the yoke you are done almost right away! It feels so gratifying to me.

What makes Morning Chores so special is the pop of color and texture in the yoke. This is accomplished by the garter stitch shoulders and two-color brioche on the front and back. Add in a couple of short rows at the collar and there you go!

The yarn for this project is one of my favorite farm-friendly DK yarns, Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rockwell. Rockwell is a great Cormo/Merino cross grown on domestic sheep in nearby New England. I love how lofty and full the yarn is (which is why I can knit it at a larger gauge than most DKs with no problem) and it has an amazing sheepy texture; not too rustic, with just the right amount of lanolin feel. It is not superwash, but D has gotten toothpaste on another sweater made from Rockwell before and it stood up well to a bit of scrubbing. 

I hope that you love this sweater as much as I do. It made me think of a morning outside, taking care of daily chores. Basic and comfortable with a pinch of awesome. I also know some children are opposed to a bit of a rustic yarn (trust me, I get the "it's too itchy" comment too) so I knit a second sample using a smoother, superwash wool. I'll share that in a couple days, but you'll see that it turned out just as awesome!

Morning Chores is available for purchase from my Ravelry store!

Libelle

Andrea Sanchez

Every now and a pattern comes along that makes me wish for a daughter. Libelle by Julia Barrowcliffe is that pattern from our Spring Collection. Why? Uh, because just look at it! 

This pattern is a mixture of amazingly sweet and down-to-earth at the same time. The colorwork dragonflies (I KNOW!) are the sweet, and the lovely neutral shades of Zealana's Kiwi Fingering are the down-to-earth. So precious!

Have you tried knitting wit Zealana yarns yet? Kiwi is a wonderful blend of 40% New Zealand Merino, 30% organic cotton, and 30% brushtail possum. This yarn is surprisingly soft but still has the light and sturdy feeling of cotton. 

The chart for this pattern, while large, is not too complex (honest!). I also love that Julia included instructions for non-puffed sleeves in case you can't handle that much cuteness in one garment. Our little model, Ruby, wore this very well over her polka dot chambray dress. 

Since the collection launched last week I've been brainstorming which colors to use for my own Libelle. While D or N won't sport this blouse, I do have a 3 year old niece who could use some hand knits in her life.

I know someone out there will be knitting this! How can you now? Please share it on Instagram using #knittinlittle and link it up on Ravelry

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Climb Every Mountain

Andrea Sanchez

I love vests. I find them to be a super versatile piece in a child's wardrobe. Climb Every Mountain by Jessica Anderson is just that piece in our Spring 2016 Collection. 

This sweet vest features a textured pattern that mimics mountain peaks and comes in seven sizes from 18 months to size 12. You can knit one for this year, and one for next year, and the year after!

I've also found that vests make that perfect, oh-my-goodness-I-forgot-today-was-picture-day-so-now-my-kid-has-nothing-to-wear thing to throw on over a collared shirt to make your little look pulled together. Jessica's design is simple enough to be worn everyday, or dress up and wear on special occasions.  Love that! 

Knit in a Luna Grey's DK weight yarn Orion (100% superwash merino) it makes for a warm, yet lightweight layer. Even better, there's a SALE! That's right! Luna Grey Fiber Arts having a spring sale. Use the code SpringSale20 and receive 20% off all their regular priced yarn. This sale runs through the end of April so it's a great opportunity to get the yarn for your very own Climb Every Mountain vest. 

I would love to see what color you choose for your vest. Please share it on Instagram using #knittinlittle and link it up on Ravelry

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Antoine

Andrea Sanchez

It's always hard to know which pattern from a new collection to begin the sharing with. Especially in our new Spring 2016 Collection, each piece is so different from the rest. So I'm taking the easy way out and going in alphabetical order. That means starting with Antoine by Aurelie Colas

I've been getting a lot of questions about this piece: is it double knit, felted, what?! Here's the scoop. This amazing jacket is knit in two separate pieces then stitched together. Aurelie has included directions to a body that has pockets, and one that has no pockets. So really, if you don't feel like lining pockets you can do two pocketless versions, or just the body with no pockets and no inner jacket. The lining is stitched in very simply with fabric so as not to make the jacket any bulkier. What I'm really hinting at is don't let this scare you! There are so many different options in making this jacket that any knitter with some garment experience can make this. 

Even better, Aurelie has provided a ton of support in photos and technique instruction on her blog!

This jacket was knit in Jamieson's Shetland Shetland Spindrift which is a fingering weight wool. Very sturdy, very wooly. The two layers make it reversible or a boy or girls (depending on where the buttons are placed). The sizes give ample room to layer a sweater underneath. 

I really REALLY hope someone knits this jacket because not only do I think it is darling, but I'd love to see some other color versions. If that someone is you, please share it on Instagram using #knittinlittle and link it up on Ravelry

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