Showing posts from March, 2021

The Princess Tee - a spring toddler puff sleeve sweater

The Princess Tee *** Pattern Release *** I've finalized the toddler sweater pattern while working with a test knit and second pair of eyes editing my document and it's finally ready for purchase! I'm so excited to share this adorable sweater with you all, I'm really proud of this pattern and design. The puff sleeves turned out exactly as I imagined they would and I love the placket in the back to allow the sweater to be easily pulled on over a child's head. To see the basic steps I used to construct the sweater, make sure to check out my previous post, Puff sleeve toddler sweater construction . The snap tape I used in the back placket is from Joann's or online Dritz snap tape . I obviously used black for this sweater, but you can also get white. Yarn: Knit Picks Capretta Superwash in Pinot Heather (fingering 80% Fine Superwash Merino 10% cashmere 10% Nylon)  Needles: US Size 3 circular and double pointed needles This yarn, let me tell you, it is so soft and li

5 things I learned while frogging my sweater

Ever made a project that you weren't super happy with and hoped you would learn to like but never did? You know, that one where you made some mistakes but didn't correct them as you went and weren't brave enough to just start over to make something better that you knew you would love? This sweater is that project for me. There is so much I don't like about it, where should I begin. Failed Project First off the yarn choice for this sweater style was not a good match. I used 100% organic cotton which has no stretch, is actually very heavy and isn't great with stockinette stitch. The collar ruffles fell flat, the armholes are too tight, and the yarn created weird stripes when knit in the round (which I didn't like to begin with, see post linked above, but tried to pretend I was ok with it). Since it was done top down, I should have tried on the sweater as I went to make sure the empire waist hit in the right spot below the bust... well it didn't so it just loo

Challenge Square No. 11: Peppercorn

Needles: US 8 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in woodland Peppercorn This stitch is created by knitting into a stitch 3 times to make a bobble. To create the peppercorn, K1 then slip the stitch just knit back onto left hand needle and knit again through the back loop 3 times. To create this swatch I alternated spacing of the peppercorn bobble every other RS row. How lovely is this stitch pattern?!? This was much easier to knit than the trinity stitch (K1, p1, k1 in the same stitch then P3tog) because the knit stitch gets slipped back over to the working needle. I'm such a fan of this! I have seen this on some knits lately, I've even seen the bobbles knit in a contrasting color so they really stick out. I think this would look great on the yoke of a sweater, or even used to make a necklace shape, a "string of pearls". Another idea, it could be used to make a throw pillow. This adds fun texture that is more interesting than just knit and purl stitches and another way to ad