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A Little Night Magic

This A-line skirt is easy to knit and fun to wear! It’s swingy and fun and the perfect way to use your favorite variegated yarn. Choose a size that is at least an inch smaller than the wearer’s waist.

SIZE
1-2 [3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10] years. Shown in 3-4 years.

MEASURES
waistband: 19 [20, 21, 22, 23] inches

TO FIT
waist: 21 [21.5, 22, 23, 24.5] inches

GAUGE
16 stitches and 24 rows equal four inches in stockinette stitch
(Row gauge is not critical, as you will knit to measurements.)

YARN
Heavy worsted: 150 [180, 220, 280, 350] yards MC
75 [90, 110, 140, 175] yards CC
Shown in Yarn Pirate BFL Aran in “Night Magic” from the 2010-2011 Woolies Club

NEEDLES
US #8 16-inch circular needle
Or needle size to obtain gauge

OTHER MATERIALS
21 stitch markers, one distinct for EOR
Tapestry needle

PATTERN NOTES
A Little Night Magic is knitted from the top down, in the round. A wide waistband is worked in welted rib in a smaller circumference than the wearer’s waist, then increases are worked evenly to form the A-line shape. The hem is finished off with more welted ribbing.

The yarn used for the sample was from the 2011 Woolies Booty Club and is not commercially available. You may use any heavy worsted yarn, such as Malabrigo Rios. I do not recommend lighter worsted weight yarns for this pattern. I do recommend a hand dyed yarn!

Technical Editing by Joeli Caparco.

Paw Print Cardi

From the moment I designed Posy Cardi, I knew I wanted to make a boys’ version. Paw Print Cardi is that sweater! Featuring the same asymmetry and finishing details that make Posy so lovely, with a lace paw print motif up the front.

If you also purchase Posy Cardi (past purchases included), you will receive Paw Print Cardi at a 50% discount. These patterns have identical dimensions and gauge, with very similar design elements.

a note about substituting yarn: Honor is a very drape-y yarn, so although it is a DK you might be happier substituting a sport weight yarn if you use something that has a high wool or cotton content. I do not recommend acrylic for this pattern, but it is YOUR knitting so you should use the yarn that makes you happy.

SIZE
Preemie/doll [newborn, 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months]
Simon is wearing size 6-12 months

MEASURES
chest: 15.5 [17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5, 21.5, 22.5] inches (open)

TO FIT
chest: 13 [15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20] inches

GAUGE
22 sts and 30 rows equal 4 inches in st st after blocking

YARN
Lorna’s Laces Honor [70% baby alpaca, 30% silk; 275 yds /100grams]
1 [1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins Cedar

NEEDLES
US #5 24-inch circular and 2 DPNs (for i-cord) Or needle size to obtain gauge

OTHER MATERIALS
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
4 [4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] small buttons
Needle & thread for sewing buttons

Technical editing by Joeli Caparco.

Wonder-ific!

Size
Belt & Crown
To fit 16[17, 18, 19, 20] {21, 22, 23, 24, 25} inch head or waist circumference

Leg Warmers
1-3[4-7, 8-10] years

Size Shown
Crown, 17-inch (to fit 18-inch head); Belt, 18-inch (to fit 19-inch waist); Legwarmers, 1-3 years

Finished Measurements
Belt & Crown
15 [16, 17, 18, 19] {20, 21, 22, 23, 24} inches
Leg Warmers
Slouchy: 8[9, 10] inches circumference, 7[9, 11] inches height
Ankle: 6½[7½, 8½] inches circumference, 6[7½, 9] inches height

Materials
Spud & Chloë® Sweater [55% Wool, 45% Cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.53 ounce/100 gram hank];
#7505 Firefly [MC}; 2 hanks
#7509 Firecracker [CC]; 1 hank
#7504 Lake [CC2]; 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes
For belt or crown: US 8 (5 mm) 16 inch circular (a 24 inch circular may be used for the largest sizes)
For legwarmers: US 8 (5 mm) 40 inch circular (or 2 circulars)

Notions
Stitch marker
Removable stitch marker or safety pin
Tapestry needle

Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes
Because every child is shaped differently, I have given measurements rather than ages for the belt and crown. If you cannot measure the child you are knitting for, you may wish to consult Craft Yarn Council’s sizing standards. Please note that my model, Grace, is 3 years old but has a 19-inch waist circumference and 18-inch head, rather significantly different than the measurements given for her age.

The belt and crown are made in the same manner. In order for the belt to be thicker, more stitches are cast on and more decreases worked. I like the point of the crown to point up, but it looks good both ways. The belt should point down to follow the natural shape of your child’s belly.
Two options are given for the leg warmers: an easy slouchy version, which can be made on dpns if you prefer, and an intermediate ankle-length version with shaping, which works best with magic loop or two circulars.

Skills Required
knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, magic loop

Dorothy Cloche

Knitted from the brim up, Dorothy is the second in a series of 1920s-inspired cloches, following Ginger. Dorothy starts with a garter brim and decorative portrait frame created with short rows. Using two gorgeous shades of Malabrigo Rios (or your favorite worsted weight hand dyed yarn) this is a challenging but fun knit!

If Dorothy and Ginger are purchased together, OR if you have already purchased Ginger, Dorothy will automatically be half price.

SIZE
baby [toddler, child/tween, teen/adult small, adult large]

MEASURES
16.75 [18.25, 19.75, 21.3, 22.85] inches

GAUGE
21 sts and 28 rnds equal 4 inches in stockinette stitch
with larger needles

YARN
Malabrigo Yarns Rios (100% Merino, 210 yards/100 grams)
Color A—1 skein Coco, Color B—1 skein Glazed Carrot

NEEDLES US #5, 16-inch circular and set of 5 DPNs
US #3 16-inch circular
Or needle size to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
8 stitch markers (1 distinct for end of round)
tapestry needle to weave in ends large
decorative button or brooch (optional)

PATTERN NOTES
Choose a size that is as close to your actual head circumference as possible. Dorothy works best with no ease to a small amount of positive ease. Shown in Adult Large on a 22.5-inch head.

Although the brim begins with a larger number of cast-on stitches, it does not have much of a flare to it because of the smaller gauge. For more flare, try casting on (and decreasing) more stitches.

SKILLS NEEDED
Knitting in the round, short rows, decreasing.

Photos by Leah Coccari-Swift, technical editing by Joeli Caparco.

Anatidae

Anatidae is the animal family that includes ducks, swans, and geese.

I based this textured cowl on the popular quilt pattern Flying Geese. Both are made up of triangles that look like geese flying in formation.

I love the way the simple pattern of knits and purls showcases the beautiful hand-dyed yarn!

SIZE
One size, customizable

MEASURES:
Circumference: 24 inches
Height: 8 inches

GAUGE
Fine Gauge: 6 sts per inch
Medium Gauge: 4 sts per inch
Heavy Gauge: 3.25 sts per inch

NEEDLES
Fine Gauge: US #4/3.5mm, 24-inch circular
Medium Gauge: US #8/5mm, 24-inch circular
Heavy Gauge: US #10.5/6.5mm, 24-inch circular
Or needle size to obtain gauge

YARN
Fine Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Merino Silk Fine (50% Merino, 50% Silk, 380 yards per 100 grams)
shown in Blackberry
Medium Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash DK (100% superwash merino wool, 256 yards per 115 grams)
or SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted (100% superwash merino wool, 200 yards per 115 grams)
not shown (see note below)
Heavy Gauge: 1 skein SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Chunky (100% Merino, 120 yards per 100 grams)
shown in Saffron

NOTIONS
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

PATTERN NOTES
Instructions are given for fine gauge with medium and heavy gauges in brackets: fine (medium, heavy). Size may be adjusted by casting on 16 more or fewer stitches. Each repeat will add or subtract 2.75 (4, 5) inches.

For the medium gauge, choose DK for a drape-y look like the fine gauge sample, or worsted for a more shapely cowl, like the heavy gauge sample.

Please note: the heavy gauge sample used every inch of yarn. Consider purchasing a second skein as insurance. (You can always make a hat to match with the leftovers!)

The shawl pin is by Designs By Romi, from the Elements collection.

Technical editing by Joeli Caparco, Photographs by Leah Coccari-Swift

Ginger Cloche

Knitted from the top of the crown down, Ginger is a 1920s-inspired cloche with an asymmetrical brim, knitted with worsted weight yarn at a tighter-than-recommended gauge for a firm fabric that will keep its shape without the extra step of felting. Choose a contrast brim color for an extra pop of color!

SIZE
baby (toddler, child/tween, teen/adult small, adult large)

MEASURES
16.75 (18.25, 19.75, 21.3, 22.85) inches

GAUGE
21 sts and 28 rnds equal 4 inches in st st with larger needles

NOTIONS
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

YARN
Malabrigo Yarns Rios
(100% Superwash Merino, 210 yards per 100 grams)
2-color version: MC—1 skein Piedras, CC—1 skein Sunset
1-color version: 1 skein Teal Feather

NEEDLES
US #5, set of 5 DPNs or long circular for magic loop
US #5, 16-inch circular
Spare DPN for i-cord (if using magic loop)
US #3, 16-inch circular
Or sizes needed to obtain gauge

PATTERN NOTES
Choose a size that is as close to your actual head circumference as possible. Unlike many hats, Ginger works best with a small amount of positive ease. Shown in Adult Large on a 22.5-inch head and Adult Small on a 21-inch head.

SKILLS NEEDED
Knitting in the round, increasing, short rows, i-cord bind-off.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Ginger is part of the Malabrigo Quickies program. Thanks to Malabrigo for providing yarn for this pattern, and especially thanks to Alex Tinsley for her support.

Thanks to Joeli Caparco for technical editing and to my top secret test knitters, Sarah and Cathy, for their excellent feedback. And thanks to Leah for photos and for modeling the single color version!

Olga

SIZE
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months){2-3, 4-5, 6-7 years}

MEASURES
Chest: 18 (19, 20.5, 21, 22){24.5, 26.5, 28.25} inches
Intended to fit with 2-2.5 inches positive ease

YARN
Three Fates Eponymous Sock, “Rubber Ducky”
Top:1(1,1,1,1){1, 2,2}skeins
Tunic: 1 (1, 1, 1, 2){2, 2, 3} skeins
If using a CC for trim, you will need approx. 50 yards
Top is shown in Isager Strik Alpaca 2 with Koigu KPM trim

NEEDLES
US #3 (3.25mm) 16- or 24-inch circular
US #3 set of 5 DPNs (sleeveless version needs just 2)
Or needle size needed to obtain gauge

GAUGE
26 sts and 32 rows equal 4 inches in stockinette stitch

OTHER MATERIALS
Stitch markers
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
Button

Technical Editing by Joeli Caparco

Navy Pier

Navy Pier combines masculine and feminine elements; garter stitch and stockinette; variegated and solid yarns.

Suitable for a boy or a girl, and fun to knit! In twelve sizes to fit just about any child you can find.

SIZE
Newborn (0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months) {2T, 4T, 6, 8, 10, 12 years} (shown in 2T and 6 years)

MEASURES
chest: 16.5 (17.5,18.75, 19.75, 21, 22) {23, 25.5, 27.75, 29, 31, 33} inches

TO FIT
chest: 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) {21, 23, 25, 26.5, 28, 30} inches

YARN
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, 225 yards per 100 grams Color A: 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) {1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2} skeins.
Shown in Navy Pier (2T) & Pioneer (6 years)
Color B: 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) {1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2} skeins.
Shown in Sage (2T) & Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret (6 years)

NEEDLES
US #7 40-inch circular or 24-inch circular and DPNs
US #6 24-inch circular
Or needle size needed to obtain gauge

GAUGE
18 sts and 24 rows equal 4 inches in st st with larger needle

OTHER MATERIALS
6 stitch markers
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle
3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4) {4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7} 1-inch buttons

Technical editing by Joeli Caparco.

Lydia’s Tunic

Finished Sizes: 2T (4T, 6, 8, 10 years).
Yarn: Louet Euroflax Sport (100% linen; 270 yd [247 m]/31/2 oz [100 g]): #14, Caribbean blue (MC), 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) skeins; #01, champagne (CC), 1 skein.
Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm): 16 (24, 24, 24, 24)” and 40″ circular (cir) and set of 5 double pointed (dpn), size 4 (3.5 mm) 40″ cir and set of 5 dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) 1/2″ buttons, tapestry needle

Main image is copyright 2012 Interweave Press.

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