Friday, November 30, 2012
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!