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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!

Winter 2015 Collection

Andrea Sanchez

Today we are releasing the Knittin' Little Winter 2015 collection. You will see that our collection size has increased this season with 3 garments for girls, 3 for boys, and 3 unisex accessories. I am so proud at how cohesive this collection seems to be. Our designers really took the time creating their design proposals and, with the help of some amazing yarn companies, have created a collections that is modern and classic with a touch of winter rustic. 

The Accessories

(click on the photo below to scroll through the pieces)

Lil' Stinker by Noel Margaret is the most whimsical little cowl there is. This cuddly friend is knit in worsted weight yarn and features a cable running the length of his blaze. A keyhole loop makes it easy to put on a squirmy kiddo. This little stinker is knit in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash.

Sylvan Hat & Mittens by Nikki Wagner are a classic staple to any child's winter wardrobe. Knit in worsted weight yarn with thick cables, this set can be knit up quickly, in time for your holiday gift knitting. The set is knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted.

Hasu Hat by Jessie Ksanznak is a great way to use a special skein of variegated sock yarn. While we photographed it on a girl, I thought this hat looked fabulous on D as well. The colors we choose really lend themselves to any gender while the linen and lotus stitch help to break up pooling and creating a really beautiful distribution of colors. This hat is knit in Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock Fingering.

For the Boys

Locksley by Emily Ringelman is the right amount of vintage ski sweater and modern style. It has a shawl collar that is just generous enough to keep little necks warm. This piece is knit in Knit Picks Swish Worsted.

O-Sharay by Ayako Monier is full of texture and style. It is a simple stitch worked on a simple shape to create a big impact. I love that is seems to be just the right amount of rugged and classic. This pullover is knit in Lakes Yarn & Fibers Lochsa DK.

Catoctin by Kristen Jancuk is the perfect holiday sweater. It is stylish, featuring cables throughout the yoke and textured elbow patches (!!!) and has a handsome split collar. This sweater is knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK.

For the Girls

Growing Up Twisted by Kristen TenDyke is a tiny sweater full of so many detail. Dedicate cables run down the fronts into lovely set-in pockets. A large cable panel extends down the back from the neckline to add even more wow factor. This cardigan is knit in The Fiber Seed Sprout

Mountaintop Pullover by Mackenzie Snader is an easy top-down raglan with a lovely colorwork pattern worked around the body. The perfect beginner sweater, it is a simple shape with body detail that keeps it from being anything except boring. This sweater is knit in Hikoo Sueno

Clara by Andrea Sanchez is another great beginner sweater. It is dainty and feminine with that lace ruffle (knit in cashmere and silk! swoon!) creating a lovely detail while the rest of the sweater knits up quick on worsted weight yarn. This pullover is knit in Sweet Georgia Yarns Trinity Worsted and CashSilk Lace

 

Stay tuned as we look at each individual pattern over the next week. And start planning what you're going to cast on first! 

On the Needles: Christmas Sweater 2015

Andrea Sanchez

If you are a follower of my personal blog, you might be familiar with the story of the Christmas Sweater. Before D's first Christmas I purchased some lovely Cephalopod Yarns Traveller in the color Arkham that was intended to be something really special for D. I eventually decided to start a new tradition, a brand new knitted sweater for Christmas. FOREVER (as I told my husband).

Three years of Christmas Sweaters (clockwise from left):  Mustill ,  Little Fisher ,  Chuckery .

Three years of Christmas Sweaters (clockwise from left): Mustill, Little Fisher, Chuckery.

We are now going on D's 4th Christmas (how did that happen?). Today was our annual family photo session and the last couple of years I have liked to have the Christmas Sweater completed by this date in order to use in our holiday cards. Of course, I normally start the knitting prior to a week before this date. That's right. I started this sweater last weekend. 

Christmas sweater 2015

And this was as far as I've gotten. I still have another sleeve and the yoke (not to mention finishing and blocking) to complete. I was tempted to cancel photos today but honestly, you don't get many 65 degrees and sunny days in Ohio in November. So there will of course have to be an extra photo shoot when it's all complete.

For now, I'm just enjoying the knitting on this sweater. I'm using YOTH Yarns Big Sister in the color Cacao. I love the feel of this yarn and can't really complain about any extra knitting time. 

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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!