New Pattern: Susan’s Sunsuit (Fresh Designs: KIDS)

I am so happy to announce that Susan’s Sunsuit is finally available!  This is a sweet little baby-girl romper that I designed ages ago — in fact it was one of my first few sales!


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Pattern: Susan’s Sunsuit

DesignerRachel Henry (that’s me!)

Available: in Fresh Designs: Kids for $16.95 (PDF only) or $22.95 (print copy + PDF) (individual sales coming soon)

Yarn: Three Irish Girls McClellan Fingering (1-2 skeins, depending on size)

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Design/Skills Needed:

Not long ago, my dear friend had her first baby. For Susan’s first summer on the planet, I designed this lacy sunsuit, knit in lightweight yarn at a comfortably loose gauge. The bottom is knit flat, then joined and knit in the round following a simple diamond eyelet pattern. Diamond slip-stitch smocking cinches the top. Girly ruffles finish the edges, and i-cord straps are soft and adjustable.

Knitters should be comfortable with basic lace, increasing/decreasing, provisional cast-on, picking up stitches, i-cord, and learning a slightly-new slipped-stitch pattern for the smocking.

This romper has become my go-to pattern for gifting baby girls — in sizes 12mo and under, a single skein of sock yarn is sufficient. The finished romper is cute and easy to put on and off. I’ve made it no less than four times!



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CO Monday: Sunsuit for Gwen

A friend of mine from agility just had a baby girl … I kept meaning to make something for the baby, the whole time she was pregnant.  Whoops! Instead, I cast on for a “Susan’s Sunsuit” in size 6 months — it’s a quick knit, and should be done it plenty of time for warm weather.  The pattern is my own — to be published in the upcoming “Fresh Designs: Kids” book from Cooperative Press.  Here’s a blue version that I made for a different baby girl :).

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Cooperative Press Kickstart Campaign

Help fund a great knitwear design company! Cooperative Press KickStart is on now!

One of the first places that accepted one of my patterns was Cooperative Press. My pattern for a baby girl sunsuit will be published in their “Fresh Designs: Baby” book, due out later this year. The photo shoot with child models hasn’t happened yet, but you can preview some of the great designs for grown-ups.  In the meantime, I’ll share a sneak peek of the prototype for my pattern:

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The sample for the book is made of gorgeous McClellen Fingering in Isolde by Three Irish Girls.  The yarn was a joy to work with, soft and squishy with subtle color variations.

0877 Isolde McClellan Fingering

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Cooperative Press is Shannon Okey‘s publishing company. It focuses on fiber arts-related books, and is set up to benefit the designers and authors as much as the publisher. She is publishing both known and “emerging” designers, and she is a leader in the world of indie knitwear design. CP has over 20 books on contract, including the upcoming Fresh Designs series. (I can’t wait to get my hands on What Would Madame Defarge Knit?, which is headed up by Heather Ordover, podcaster extraordinaire.

Of course all this costs money — no getting around it.  Right now, you can make a huge difference by joining the KickStarter campaign for Fresh Designs. Every dollar counts, of course, but starting at $10 there are cool prizes at every level of donation.   (If I had money to burn, I’d totally donate $1500!! Wow.)