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
MindofWinter Quickknits, copyright 2004

Yarn: For Charlie, the larger blue striped sweater, I used leftovers of Rowan All Seasons Cotton (MC) and Tahki Cotton Classic (AC). Lily, the natural sweater with the cable, is made from scraps of Blue Sky Organic Cotton. Both have a suggested guage (on the ball band) of around 16 sts per 4 inches of fabric. The Tahki Cotton Classic has a much smaller suggested guage, but for a mere two rounds of striping it doesn't really matter. When choosing a stash yarn, look for something that you have about a 1/4 of a ball of with a suggested guage around 16 sts per 4 inches. (Recommended needle size should be bigger than US6 (4.0 mm) - around US10 (6.0 mm) is good. You'll knit this on smaller needles to make it stiff so that it will stand up.)
Needles: Both sweaters use a set of five DPNs in size US6 (4.0mm). For Lily, you will want to use a cable needle if you usually use a needle to cable.
Notions: Two stitch holders, and again, a stitch marker if you use one to mark your rounds.

AC alternate color (for Charlie's stripe)
BO bind off/cast off
CO cast on
k2tog knit two sts together
MC main color (Charlieonly)
pm place marker to show beginning of round
ssk slip slip knit

The Pattern:
Instructions are written for Charlie, with variations for Lily noted at the end. If you're having trouble visualizing the spatial relationships of the pieces or the needles, take a look at my tutorial. Though it doesn't cover every step, it should help you through the rough spots.

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


Oooh, I just saw the tiny sweater you sent to Margene and I'm in love with it. Very, very cute pattern. Thanks so much for posting it.

Posted by: Susan at December 22, 2004 12:08 AM

i love them! i'm going to knit one for each of the women in my knitting group. thank you for your generosity in sharing this with us!!


Posted by: Kim Wilson at December 17, 2004 03:26 PM

Eeee! So cute. I love all these mini-knits. Think that they'd go with my mini hats?

Posted by: Colleen at December 14, 2004 03:14 PM


P.S. Anybody who modifies your text and posts it without your permission still infringes on your copyright. I feel the need to point that out in the event anyone should think that paraphrasing something makes it their own and, as a result, their own copyrighted work. Modifications of an existing work (in this case, your written pattern instructions) is considered a derivative work of the original and still needs to be authorized by the creator. If not authorized, it may be deemed as plagiarism.

/end free legal opinion from fellow [corporate] lawyer.

Posted by: Becky at December 13, 2004 02:07 PM

What adorable little sweaters! Are you going to use them as xmas ornaments?

Posted by: Eilene at December 13, 2004 10:35 AM

What cute lil' sweaters!! So generous to share the pattern too :)

Posted by: Any Boogie at December 12, 2004 08:39 PM

I've been thiking those little sweaters in the Anthropologie catalogue were cute (last page of the Gift edition, with the poodle on the front), and I thought of the knitters who had crafted them, and wondered how much had they been paid for $14 a piece to turn the company a profit.
Now I can have a few guilt-free. Thanks!

Posted by: julia fc at December 12, 2004 06:21 PM

Oy so cute.

Posted by: Orli at December 12, 2004 11:00 AM

Very cute! Thanks for the free pattern. I hope the knives in the background of the photo dont portend a bad end for the little guys!

Posted by: Emily at December 11, 2004 07:17 PM

oh, i love them both! thank you for the patterns. i was having Christmas tree issues today and you've really cheered me up.

Posted by: mrspilkington at December 11, 2004 04:47 PM

fantastic mini sweaters! love the cable and the stripe. very cute.

Posted by: froggy at December 11, 2004 08:50 AM

soo cuuute! I love the little cabled one! I'm seeing these things all over, I might just have to actually MAKE one!

Posted by: Lara at December 11, 2004 01:17 AM

Great little sweaters! And it's so cool that you wrote up a little pattern for them. People have been asking about the ones I've been making and I keep sending them to the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book and the Weekend Knitting book. But it's such a great resource when there's another pattern - just as classy - available online for free. Great job! :)

Posted by: alison at December 10, 2004 05:12 PM

How cute, and what a great gift idea..

Posted by: kerrie at December 10, 2004 03:53 PM

Love, love love the cabled version! That is too cute for words.

Posted by: Mary-Heather at December 10, 2004 11:54 AM

Oh those are adorable! I don't know if I like the aran better or the cute little striped number. Thank you so much for swearing. I wish I could remember which blogger was talking about using yarn balls for ornaments. I'm starting to think the idea has legs.

Posted by: Marnie at December 10, 2004 10:51 AM

Julia, when you post the pattern, can you include measurements of the finished item? These look like they'll fit my Blythe dolls and if so, I'll be knitting a few of them! (they've got thin arms, and the neck needs to be big just like you've done. Perfect! :-)

Posted by: Amy at December 10, 2004 10:30 AM