Patterns of the Month July 2010
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In our efforts to fill in the gap in patterns for "tweens" we found this beautiful pattern booklet by Louisa Harding. It also happens to feature a great yarn that we had purchased for cool summer knitwear!
Brighton is an oversized pullover that features a centered cable panel on a reverse stockinette body. It can be customized to your liking - plain collar and edgings or lacy edges with picot details. Albero is a cotton and viscose blend that has just a little bit of shine to it. It has a wonderful drape and isn't stiff at all. On the cotton-difficulty scale I would put this near the bottom - it won't hurt your hands to work with it and as long as you knit a gauge swatch there won't be any droopy surprises.
Recommended Ages: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 years
**Actual chest size: 28", 32", 36", 39.75", 43.75", 46"
Yarn amounts: 6, 7, 7, 8, 9 balls of Albero for plain sweater, add 1 more ball for lacy picot version
Other yarn suggestions: Bebe Cotsoy, Bamboucle, Classic Silk, Summer Set
**When you look at the sizing for this pullover take note that there is 4 inches of ease built into each size. This kind of sizing is great for throwing on over a tank top or t-shirt after the sun sets. I could have used one last night while watching the 4th of July fireworks :) If you don't want so much room, you can make a smaller size and cut down the amount of yarn you purchase. As a 36" chest myself, I'd probably make a size 9-10.
Our next pattern of the month comes from The Mirasol Project and is high on my to-do list this summer. We have often featured Mirasol not only for its very high quality yarns and stylish designs, but also for its humanitarian efforts.
Bobo, a lacy vest, features very simple shaping and a common stitch pattern that would be great for a beginning lace knitter. There is no shaping to complicate things - the back and two fronts are large rectangles without any decreasing or increasing.
(I know she doesn't look too happy about wearing it, but it's a nice vest!)
Bobo is worked in Mirasol's Samp'a, a dk weight organic and naturally dyed cotton. It comes in mostly soft colors so if you're looking for a splash of something bright, check out T'ika! On the cotton-difficulty scale these cottons are both in the middle, but using them for a lace project puts them back at the bottom - super easy.
To fit chest size: 32-34", 36-38", 40-42", 42-44", 44-46"
Actual measurement: 40.75", 43.25", 45.75", 48", 50.5"
Yarn amounts: 9, 10, 10, 11, 11 balls of Samp'a
Other yarn suggestions: T'ika, Pure Pima, Top Seed Cotton, Butterfly, Scartlett, Hempathy, Merletto, Cotton Bamboo
Well I'm sure that's all you ever wanted to know about these two patterns ;) Let me know if you have any questions and I'll see you soon!