Friday, November 30, 2012

Tiny Top-Down Pullover Sweater and Cardigan Pattern!


Hi, Knitters,
Back in October I taught a class at Vogue Knitting Live on knitting a top-down baby cardigan. To go along with a life-size baby cardigan I offered the option of knitting a tiny top-down pullover sweater or cardigan during the class. You can learn all of the concepts of knitting a top-down raglan sweater or cardigan in this tiny version. I now have had this pattern test knit by several knitters and people from the class and I have incorporated their feedback into the pattern so it is ready to go live!

The pattern for the Tiny Top-Down Pullover Sweater and Cardigan includes the directions to make either the sweater version or the cardigan version. Each version is written out completely. The sweaters are about 3-inches in length and make the perfect ornaments and gifts for this holiday season.

The samples are knit in a small amount of worsted weight yarn (less than 50 yards is needed) on US size 7 needles. The sweater is knit on double-pointed needles, a set of 5 is needed. The cardigan is knit on circular needles for the body and double-points for the sleeves. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch although gauge for this project isn't a do or die situation. You could be slightly off either way. Regardless, dig around for any tiny amounts of leftover worsted weight yarn and you will be ready to go.

You could easily knit these sweaters in different weights of yarn including fingering weight or sock weight. The lengths of the sleeves and body may need to be shortened slightly if you do this. I want to try a couple of these with some leftover sock yarn.

In the past I have knit these tiny sweater ornaments and put a gift card inside the body (it fits perfectly!) to give as holiday gifts. It adds a nice homemade touch to the gift I think.

The pattern is now available in my Ravelry pattern shop for $3.50.

Click here to find out more or to purchase the pattern for the Tiny Top-Down Pullover Sweater and Cardigan on Ravelry! You don't need to be a member of Ravelry to purchase patterns.

I have two more ornament patterns coming up quickly so stay tuned if interested.

By the way, the response to the Waiting for Winter Mittens and Fingerless Mitts pattern has been astounding. It was so fun to watch as the pattern climbed all the way up to the #2 pattern on the Top 20 Hot Patterns on Ravelry. The pattern is still selling like hotcakes and the knitalong already has well over 100 people signed up. The sign up is open throughout the knitalong which runs from Dec. 5th to Jan. 5th. I already have a couple of fantastic prizes lined up. Thank you for all of the support and for your willingness to jump in during this busy time of year.

Click here for the Waiting for Winter pattern!

Click here for the Waiting for Winter knitalong!

Enjoy!
best, susie

12 comments:

Debbie1085 said...

YAY!! Time to put all the WIPS on hold and do this ADORABLE ornaments... I know how many I need to knit!! Thanks a bunch Susan!!

Debbie1085 said...

YAY!! Time to put all the WIPS on hold and do this ADORABLE ornaments... I know how many I need to knit!! Thanks a bunch Susan!!

Betz White said...

Adorable! I can't wait to make the ornaments. I knit the little mitten ornaments a few years ago with sock yarn and they were just too teeny for me to handle. These look just right and I love that a gift card can fit inside.

I wanna make the mittens too! Congrats on the runaway success!

Anonymous said...

I posted this and your mitts pattern at the plucky knitter site. Hope it helps!.... and thanks so much for brightening every day!!!
Carol Knowles

Amber said...

I love the idea of putting a gift card in one of these.

That inspired me to think of a photo I saw in Pinterest where you fold money like a little shirt. I have to fold it and try, but I am thinking of making the sweaters from fingering yarn for my nephews, with a money shirt inside so the collar is sticking out. Have to try this TODAY!

Pam ( pamk) said...

Hi Susan; I'm so excited that this is ready now! Hoping I can make a couple for Christmas. Thanks for sharing all of your talent with us. I'm sure it's lots of work to get these patterns out. Have a great day.
Pam

Tricia said...

YES! The pattern is here! Thank you so much! These are going to be so adorable, and what a great idea to stuff a gift card inside. Can't wait to knit and give them away! :)

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

How fun! What a great way to use up little odds and ends!

http://www.knittingwitholof.com

Brandi Schoch said...

Very cute ornaments!!!!

Amber said...

I also thought of another thing to do with this pattern, I'm going to make little sweaters for my sons (for their gift cards) that are colored/embellished for their universities. A block "O" for the Ohio state, I am trying to decide where I will have room to do duplicate stitch. Or maybe I'll just use wool felt and stitch it on--that would be much easier!

Lucy Chen said...

You totally rock, Susan!

Anonymous said...

Will you have the baby size sweater pattern available for those who could not take the class?