This week I’m featuring another of my pattern sample projects for Plymouth Yarns: a child’s sweater made from DK-weight sock yarn. The professional model is an adorable blond girl … but of course before I sent it out I had to take a home-photo on my slightly-too-large youngest boy — he was cooperative, if slightly silly. Please ignore his desperate need for a haircut!
Project: Happy Feet Sample Knit
Pattern: Cabled Sweater
Designer: Plymouth Yarn Design Stuido
Available: ask your LYS
Yarn: Happy Feet DK (color 61)
This was a fast & easy project — basic shaping and making-up, and the all-over cabled rib pattern looks great and is fun to knit. I’m a huge fan of Happy Feet DK, but you MUST wash & block a swatch with this yarn — it opens up and softens considerably with washing. Before washing and blocking the sweater, the fabric was tight and hard — almost crunchy. After washing and blocking, it was soft and had a nice give, lovely to touch.
Introducing my latest pattern: Rapunzel! This simple girl’s top is designing with color-changing or self-striping yarn in mind, but will work with both plain and variegated colorways. It can be worn alone, or layered over a shirt in cooler weather.
Designer: Rachel Henry (that’s me!)
Available: for $1.99 at Knit Picks
Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering
Inspiration: I swatched for this pattern using Felici Sport, a great self-striping yarn. I wanted to show off the striping with a wide horizontal band, then work downwards. When KP accepted the pattern, they offered me the new Chroma yarn … I could NOT resist. I just love how it turned out. I used mostly-stockinette throughout, to highlight the color changes, with an itty bitty braid to add interest. As I worked, I was reminded of Rapunzel letting down her braid … just like the off-center braid on the top, hence the name.
Design/Skills Needed: Rapunzel is worked top-down, beginning with a large cabled bandeau that is worked sideways from a provisional cast-on and then joined in a circle. Stitches are picked up from the bottom edge of the cable, and the rest of the body is worked in the round. The bottom edge is finished with a simple ruffle. The straps are also mini versions of the main braid, with ruffled outer edges.
I would be delighted to answer any questions or help any knitters working on this project.