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 light weight yet still warm. It's amazing and I LOVE it! I had two skeins I purchased about a year ago to experiment with and decided to use it to make a sweater for Violet. It's perfect for this puff sleeve! The light weight allows for cinching in the sleeve cap and volume in the puff while the cashmere adds soft elegance. The nylon is essential for a little extra stretch and the best feature is that IT IS WASHABLE so I can use it for toddler items I know are going to get dirty. Just make sure to wash cold and tumble dry low.

This looks so cute on Violet, I made the 12 month size (seen in all the photos) and finished just in time for her first birthday. She will likely outgrow it soon so I'll likely make the 18 month size for her as well. I'm releasing this as a perfect item for spring! It took me about two weeks to make the sweater, of course I was going slower to write the pattern and experiment with sleeves and placket. I bet it would take an intermediate knitter a week to make. This pattern is for intermediate knitters or any beginner knitters wanting to learn some new techniques. You will need to know how to do simple increases (I use left lift and right lift increase, see tutorial here) along with

~ provisional cast-on

~ German short row shaping

~ Latvian bind-off

All are easy to learn no matter what your level of knitting is. Let me know what you think of this sweater in the comments below! Make sure to check out my Ravelry page with more info on The Princess Sweater and I'd love to see your projects and any customizations you make to the sweater. Happy knitting!



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