I recently had the good fortune to test knit this adorable sweater for Kate Oates (of Tot Toppers). If you like this pattern, think about joining her KAL (starting August 1st). If you buy the pattern before the KAL starts, you’ll get it for a mere $4!
Project: Dino Sweater Test Knit
Designer: Kate Oates
Available: discounted to $4 until August 1st, buy now and save! 🙂
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tonal in Blue Yonder, Deep Waters, and Springtime
Like every single other thing I’ve test knit for Kate, this pattern is well-written and thoughtfully designed. Simple things like adding a button to the neck on the smallest size (baby heads are big!) make all the difference. The sweater begins with the neck, and short rows are worked across the back to make the neck scoop down in front. The colorwork dinosaurs are worked without increases (thank goodness). After the dino yoke is complete, the sleeve stitches are held while the body is worked in stripey rounds. Although Kate provides a gorgeous striping chart (I followed it exactly), she also encourages the knitter to be inventive — stripe as you like! 🙂
You can see how much my 6yo son likes his new sweater … he wore it in June, in Massachusetts, for several days in a row. The size 6 did come out a tiny bit big for him — but then again, he is a smallish 6yo, so please blame the knitter (not the pattern).