There is a sweater that traveled throughout my immediate family and was passed down to me when our daughter Charlie was born in 2012. Knit by my Nana sometime in the early 1970s, I feel privileged to be the last of the line to have possession of the sweater. My Nana passed away in 2011, and as she is the one who taught me how to knit, I was lucky enough to receive what remained of her knitting and crochet pattern books. There weren’t very many, but to my astonishment, one of the books, the Fairytale Baby Book by Susan Bates, had the pattern for the sweater.
This fall, in preparation for our daughter Lucy's arrival, I set out to create my own version of the sweater using the stitch pattern and center panel as a starting point, and - of course - in a different yarn! As I was knitting, I opted to not use or follow the original pattern, and instead created a design of my own: knit in the round from the bottom up, the gauge is different, the sizing and stitch count were changed, the yoke is shaped with a seamless set in sleeve, there is no opening at the back neck, and the neck is finished in a simple single crochet. As a result, I thought it would be nice to provide a download for this new version for you to knit.
DESIGNER: Kate Gagnon Osborn
YARN: The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering (50% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 20% viscose from bamboo; 200 yds/50 gm skein): Celeste, 2 skeins.
GAUGE: 28 sts and 37 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in 3 x1 Broken Ribbing on larger needles, after blocking. Panel Chart (23 sts) = 3” (7.75 cm)
1 - 16” (40 cm) US 1 (2.5 mm) circular.
1 - set US 1 (2.5 mm) DPNs.
1 - 16” (40 cm) US 2 (2.75 mm) circular.
1 - 24” (60 cm) US 2 (2.75 mm) circular.
1 - set US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs.
NOTIONS: Cable needle, 2.75 mm crochet hook, darning needle.
SIZE: 20.75” (52.75 cm) body circumference, to fit 12-24 mos. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.
SKILLS: Simple cables from charts, single crochet, simple short rows.
CONSTRUCTION: The body and sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up, then joined at the armholes. Decreases form the seamless set-in sleeve construction, and stitches are bound off for the neck shaping. The shoulders are shaped using short rows, and then bound off. Stitches are then picked up to work the neckband.
• For a tutorial on working cables from charts, visit our Charts Series here.
• For a tutorial on cabling without a cable needle, visit our Tips and Tricks here.