December 10, 2004
A Present For You
It's past time to get cracking on Amy's Fabulous Winter Knit Along! I've been totally captivated by these tiny sweater ornaments, which I first saw over at Georgia's. Since I didn't have a pattern, I just pulled out some scrap yarn and some sticks and played around. Now I have a pattern, and the rest of you do, too. (Go to the extended entry for the pattern.) I also did a little pictoral demonstration for you (I just covered the fiddly parts), in case you find it confusing. Happy Holidays!
*A note on copyright, since I now have a notorious reputation in this area (just what I wanted) AND just read Marnie's post. There is no copyright on the tiny sweater per se - there are tons out there and you can feel free to make your own pattern and post it as you will. You only infringe on my little sweaters (or someone else's) if you copy the instructions or pics completely and post them as your own. So please, get creative and post variations - it's very fun!
Teeny Tiny Sweater
Body: Using one DPN, CO 22 sts. Slip the first 7 sts to a second DPN, and the middle 8 sts to a third DPN. Using four of your five DPNS, pm (optional), join, and work in stockinette in the round for 9 rounds. On round 10 switch to AC for 2 rounds (striping). On round 12, switch back to MC. On round 13, BO the 1st and 11th sts, leaving 10 sts for the front body and 10 sts for the back body in between. Move front body sts (10) to one st holder, and back body sts (10) to another st holder.
Sleeves: Make two identical sleeves. CO 7 sts. Slip the first 2 sts to a second DPN, and the middle 3 sts to a third DPN. Using four of your five DPNS, pm (optional), join, and work in stockinette in the round for 12 rounds. On round 13, BO the first stitch. When you complete the round, move all of the remaining 6 sts to a single DPN, starting and ending at the place where you BO a st. (Look at my tutorial if you can't visualize this. Done correctly, the sleeve tube will be left open.)
Yoke: To join all four sections of the sweater, you first knit across the left sleeve from back to front. At this point there is no left sleeve and no back - just pick a sleeve and knit a row across it, stopping at the last st. Join the sleeve to the front body (again, just pick a side) by slipping the last sleeve st knitwise, slipping the first front body st knitwise, and knitting the two slipped sts together through the back loop (ssk). Work across the front body to the last st, and then join the front to the right sleeve by knitting the last front st and the first left sleeve st together (k2tog). Work across the sleeve and join the back with a ssk. Work across the back and join the right sleeve with a k2tog. This is your decrease round. Work 1 round even. Alternate decrease rounds with stockinette rounds 3 more times, for a total of 4 decrease rounds. 16 sts will remain. Work even in rounds until neck reaches the desired height. BO in pattern.
Finishing: Kitchener stitch the armpit space closed. (I use this term loosely - do whatever you need to do to close that gap - the space is so small it won't matter if you kichener or not.) Weave in the ends, and add a decorative ribbon for hanging from your tree, menorah, etc. (We here at MindofWinter endorse the "many paths" theory of personal spirituality and holiday making.)
For Lily: Cast on the same number of sts (22) and work in Stockinette for 2 rounds. To begin cabling, k4, move 5th st forward on a cable needle, knit 6th st, return and knit 5th stitch, knit rest of round. Repeat cable every other round, working even on alternate rounds. End main body and sleeves at 11 rounds rather than 13 - Lily is shorter! Otherwise, follow pattern for Charlie.
COPYRIGHT 2004, Julia P. Trice This pattern is protected by copyright and available for personal use only. It is not available for sale or distribution without the author's express permission.Posted by Julia at December 10, 2004 07:07 AM