Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Meadows Toddler Sweater

Mom gave me two skeins of blue Patons Grace. I already had one skein of green in the stash and had to buy a skein of white. It's sort of like using up my stash if I used almost all of 3 skeins and only added one more to the stash, right?

This sweater has a little subtle shaping using short rows to pull the neck down slightly since there is no shoulder shaping - they are only lapped. The color work using the crisp cotton yarn can be a little tricky but it's relatively simple. I need to make a knit yellow baby chick as well so there are options for the pocket. Hopefully I'll have a baby who can wear size 24 mo. some spring.

Finished measurements - Size 24 mo.:
Chest circumference: 22"
Back length: 10 1/2"
Armhole depth: 5"
Sleeve length to underarm: 6 1/2"

Paton Grace yarn in Viola ("blue", 2 skein), Ginger ("green", 1 skein), and Snow ("white", 1 skein)
16" size 4 knitting needles (or needle size to obtain gauge)

24 st. x 28 rows = 4"x4"

Grass Stitch
Row 1-4: K1,P1; repeat to end
Row 5-8: P1,K1; repeat to end

Wrap and Turn (w&t)
Right side: Keeping yarn in back, slip next stitch to right needle, pull yarn to front, slip stitch back to left needle, turn work

Wrong side: Keeping yarn in front, slip next stitch to right needle, pull yarn to back, slip stitch back to left needle, turn work

Grass Stem Chart
Repeat these 8 stitches to the end of the round.

Cloud Chart
Add 4 blue stitches at each side of the chart. Repeat the center 27 stitches (between the bold lines) two times across the front and back of the sweater.

Cast on 16 stitches in green.
Work in stockinette stitch for 15 rows, or until the piece measures 2".
Place all stitches on a holder and cut yarn, leaving a long (1') tail.

CO 144 stitches in green, join in the round.
Complete 24 rows of Grass Stitch.
Row 25: K 14 stitches, cast off 16 stitches, K remaining stitches.
Row 26: K 14 stitches, knit 14 Pocket stitches from holder, K remaining stitches.
Join blue yarn. Complete next 6 rows using the Grass Stem chart. Cut the green yarn.
Next Row: Using blue, K 70, K2tog, K70, K2tog
Knit in blue until the body measures 6 1/2" from bottom (about another 18 rows).
Next Row: K69, cast off 2, K69, cast off 2

Front and back:
The front will now be worked flat. When finished, repeat these instructions for the back.
Row 1: SSK, K65, K2tog
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: SSK, K63, K2tog
Row 4: Purl

Joining the white yarn, work the next 14 rows using the cloud chart. Cut white yarn.

Work 2 rows in blue in stockinette stitch

Next 18 rows:
Row 1 (7, 13): K22 (20, 18), w&t
Row 2 (8, 14): P22 (20, 18)
Row 3 (9, 15): K 22 (20, 18), knit together next stitch and the loop wrapped around it, k to end
Row 4 (10, 16): P 22 (20, 18), w&t
Row 5 (11, 17): K22 (20, 18)
Row 6 (12, 18): P 22 (20, 18), purl together next stitch and the loop wrapped around it, p to end

Join green yarn and work in k1p1 rib for 5 rows. On the right side, knit stitches are in blue and purl stitches are in green.
Cut green yarn. Cast off all stitches in blue.

Sleeves (make 2):
Cast on 42 stitches.
Complete 24 rows of Grass Stitch
Join blue yarn. Complete next 6 rows using the Grass Stem chart on the middle 40 stitches. Work 1 stitch at each end in blue. Cut the green yarn.
Work 20 rows in stockinette stitch.
Cast off 3 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows - 36 stitches remaining

Next 6 rows:
Right side row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 st., k2tog, k1
Wrong side row: Purl
30 stitches remaining

Rows 1,2: Stockinette stitch
Row 3: K1, ssk, k to last 3 st., k2tog, k1
Row 4: Purl
Repeat rows 1-4 5 more times - 18 stitches remaining

Cast off all stitches.

Sew up sleeves to cast off stitches using mattress stitch.
Lap the ribbing at the top of the front and back and pin in place.
Sew in sleeves, making sure to catch all three layers at the shoulders where the ribbing is lapped.
Use the long tail from the pocket to sew a running stitch around the sides and bottom, hiding stitches on the right side as well as possible.
Weave in all ends.

Bunny pattern:
The bunny uses the same gauge and size 4 double pointed needles.

Use a provisional cast on to CO 16 stitches in white.
Work 18 rows back and forth in stockinette.
Next row: K2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2
Purl following row.
Next row: K3, M1 (M1 increase instructions can be found here), k2, M1, k3, M1, k2, M1, k2
Purl following row.
Work 16 rows in stockinette.
Place the stitches from the provisional cast on onto the needles with the other stitches and knit one row, joining them in the round and k2tog at the two sides where the sets of stitches meet - 30 stitches
You now have a loop of knitting hanging from your needles. This will be the bunny's body.

Shoulders and neck:
Row 1: *K3, k2tog*, repeat to end - 24 stitches
Row 2: *K1, k2tog*, repeat to end - 16 stitches
Row 3: *K2, M1*, repeat to end - 24 stitches
Knit 7 rows for the head.

Row 1: K6, slip next 12 stitches to holder, k6
Row 2: K5, k2tog, k5
Row 3-11: K (or add rows until the bunny's ear is long enough)
Row 12: K3, k2tog, ssk, k3
Row 13: K2, k2tog, ssk, k2
Cut yarn, leaving long tail, and pull through all remaining stitches. Gather the stitches together and sew a running stitch down the center of the ear to flatten it.
Join yarn and repeat the ear instructions with the other 12 stitches from the holder.
After both ears are completed, you may need to sew a couple extra stitches between the ears to get rid of any holes.

Starting at the neck, use a mattress stitch to sew down to the decrease/increase rows, which should be at the bottom of the hanging loop. Use a running stitch to go across the bottom between the increase and decrease rows and gather slightly; secure the yarn so it doesn't gather more. Stuff the bunny lightly - it should still be squishy and not strain the stitches. Sew, using mattress stitch, from the bottom to the neck on the remaining side. Hide your ends inside the body. Use embroidery floss or bits of spare yarn to sew on two black eyes and a pink nose.


bunnyeatsdesign said...

I love your little bunny!

Jacquie said...

This is such a cute sweater. I just started working on it for my son for Easter. I am very frustrated though because my yarn store didn't have the shade viola... Had to travel to another store to find it. Only to find that viola is not blue at all but purple. What a waste of time and energy trying to find the wrong color.

Liz said...

Bummer. I wonder if they've changed the formulation of that color since I bought it 6 or 7 years ago. It was definitely blue when I bought it. I'm sorry about the time sink!