I love knitting alpaca garments for little ones and when I found some adorable metallic buttons, I just had to design this sweater. The length and material will give it plenty of warmth for the coldest months, while using a finer yarn for the sleeves gives a delicate, somewhat blouse-like finish. The model of this sweater is 2,5 years old, 2,96 feet (90cm) tall, and is wearing size 3T. Sizes 2T and 3T will have 3 rows of ruffles in front, 4T, 5T and 6T will have 4 rows of ruffles and size 7T will have 5 rows.
Since I intensely dislike sowing knit garments and weaving ends :P, I always try to optimize my patterns in this respect by knitting as much as possible in the round. The sleeves of this sweater are knit on , using the short row method. The front panel is also knit right into the body of the sweater. I have included instructions (in my own words, hopefully intelligible) for the kitchener method and some other nuances (unwrapping the wraps etc.). The knitter should be familiar with the "magic loop", unless they plan to knit the sleeves on double pointed needles.
21 stitches and 32 rows for the body
25 stitches and 35 rows for the sleeves
23 stitches and 30 rows for the ruffles
I confess to being guilty of being inspired, like so many of us, by my own, one and only child. My now 2,5 year old daughter is the reason I took up knitting (again) at the mature ...
I confess to being guilty of being inspired, like so many of us, by my own, one and only child. My now 2,5 year old daughter is the reason I took up knitting (again) at the mature age of 31 and she will probably end up with more sweaters and hats than it is humanly possible to wear. Although I abhorred the knitting classes at school, my craftsman genes (my grandmother could knit intricate fair isle while watching television, and by watching I do not mean "occasionally peeking at") finally kicked in around about 25 years of age and seems there's no going back now...:)