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Little Miss Romantic


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit, purl, decrease, increase, knit in the round (magic loop), kitchener, short rows (wrapping and turning) GAUGE 21 stitches and 32 rows for the body 25 stitches and 35 rows for the sleeves 23 stitches and 30 rows for the ruffles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS This pattern is written for sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6T and 7T PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Alvita Alpaca and Drops Alpaca

Recommended with this pattern

  • Circular needle with a length of 60 cm (24 inch), size 3,5mm (US 4) ; 2 double-pointed needles size 3,5mm (US 4) ;1 double-pointed needle size 5mm (US 8) for casting off (optional)
  • 2 large (diameter approximately 28 mm/ 1,1 inch) plus 5 small (diameter approximately 15 mm/ 0,59 inch ) mushroom-type metallic buttons.
  • A sport weight alpaca yarn for the body and a fingering weight yarn for the sleeves and ruffle panel (exact amounts in the pattern)

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Hi everybody. 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...:)