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The Mountaintop Pullover

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It’s here! My first published knitting pattern. Part of the incredibly cute Winter 2015 Knittin’ Little collection, the Mountaintop Pullover is alongside some beautifully wearable and beautifully quirky selections for your Littles (I especially dig the skunk scarf).

Can you believe I started thinking about this design, oh, I don’t know, 18 months ago?  In toddler world, that is literally a lifetime. Indulge me while I take you on a tour of all the little details.

I’m a huge fan of stranded colorwork, but I know it looks intimidating to many people. So I chose to put a band of colorwork around the waist, where you won’t have to fuss with increases and decreases at the same time you’re juggling two yarns.

It’s a top-down raglan with a larger neck opening built in for your toddler sizes.

Each repeat of the colorwork motif adds 1″ to the length of the sweater, so it’s super easy to calculate if you want to make the colorwork part longer or shorter.

It’s geometric and unisex (depending on your choice of colors). I initially envisioned it as a pattern I’d be happy to have my son wear, and I have to say it looks super adorable modeled on a little girl for the magazine.

The design started here:

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It hit a little snag here,
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went through a few variations,
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and ended up here!

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You can find the pattern on Knittin’ Little’s website and on Ravelry. Go check out the whole collection, and if you knit my design (well, I’d be thrilled regardless)…  pics or it didn’t happen!

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in progress: first magazine submission!

Remember when I told you I had a new pattern in the works, my first submission for a magazine (the super adorable Knittin’ Little)?

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Here is the yarn – Sueno from Skacel. It’s extremely springy & soft, with a 20% bamboo viscose, and the rest superwash wool (perfect for Littles!). I enjoy knitting with it in the extreme. I have a hunch it would make beautiful cables, too.

There is a little problem with the colors as a group – have you spotted it yet?

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Yep, the blue and purple are actually pretty close in value. It’s a lot more obvious in grayscale.

bandwblue-yarn-1bandwpurple-yarn-1My design incorporates these two shades into a stranded colorwork band, and the two colors just aren’t different enough to look good. When you get yarn support from a company, you don’t always have full choice of what gets sent to you. This yarn, while a very pleasant surprise in terms of how it feels and knits, meant I had to do a bit of trouble-shooting in order to meet my submission deadline.

Turns out, I love that part, too. An excuse to sit on the couch and knit for six hours straight? And watch movies? And think about stranded colorwork variations the whole time? It’s my jam.

Oh, wait? Are you curious about the solutions I came up with? I hate (love) to leave you in suspense, but… I’ll tell you soon. Same time, same place.

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older and wiser?

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You have to guess how old I am this year, but I’ll admit that this month, I turned a year older.

And to kick off that new year, I got to start on a new project! I submitted a pattern proposal to online magazine Knittin’ Little, and it was accepted. Last week the yarn for the sample arrived in the mail, and I am busy knittin’ away (that’s not it, above, actually, but stay tuned and I’ll update you when my new camera battery charger arrives).

In the meantime, until more sneak peeks come your way, head on over to Knittin’ Little and check out not only their fall collection (which is adorable), but their Book Club.  As a veteran book nerd, with a child who wants to read every book a million times in a row (I’m hanging on through Thomas the Tank Engine by the skin of my teeth in hopes of better Hobbit days), I’m super into the idea of extending the  fun into other realms with activities and crafts.

Variety is the spice of life, after all.