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Today has been quite a day. Carter is two and one-half years old today. He got his first proper haircut in a real barber chair today. Today he wanted to wear big-boy pants all day and made no mistakes! Big cheers all around for this most darling boy who is growing up so fast!

I made his new sweater with a mini-skein set from Stunning String Studio. The yarn is amazing! It's so soft that Carter was able to wear it right next to his skin. It is a light fingering weight of superwash merino wool and I would use it again in a heartbeat. Highly recommended!

You may recognize the pattern as I've made it so many times now and I think it might be the most popular sweater pattern on Ravelry: Flax Light. It's a free pattern and there is a Flax regular too, also free that uses worsted weight yarn. I've said this before but I'll say it again, I love the flax pattern but the neck is simply too wide and loose for a little one. On an adult woman the wide neck is pretty, but for a baby, child and even for a man, I don’t think a wide neck is desirable. Here’s what I did to remedy that:

Cast on for 2-3 sizes smaller and knit the ribbing with a needle 2-3 sizes smaller than the main body. After the neck ribbing was complete, I increased per pattern instructions until I achieved the chest size I wanted, then I split the arms and body. Then I just knit away until I had the desired length. It’s simple. I use this great pattern often as a basic recipe to get me started, then I customize the rest of the way.


I don't hang up my sweaters of course but rather fold them. I used the Marie Kondo method and store them in shoeboxes. Once folded they are so easy to find in a drawer, don't get rumpled and don't get lost at the bottom. And if you start with the sweater lying front side down, you'll end up with only two faint fold lines on the sides that are easy to smooth out. I fold and store all our adult sweaters this way too. 
Don't forget this is the last few days to get 20% off the Alaskan Pullover by Ainur Berkimbayeva.
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Hello! I hope your new year is off to a good start. At the moment my little world is filled with pretty winter flowers, audiobooks and knitting. I'm at such a weird place in my knitting at the moment! I am ALL caught up with my works-in-progress, and I mean entirely caught up except for one project that I'm working on exclusively. This shiny new feeling of fidelity has got me feeling quite righteous, like I'm being a good knitter, but I'm afraid my being faithful to one project is not going to last much longer. I am waiting for a test pattern to become available from Truly Myrtle and when it does I'm going to cast on right away, plus I've got itchy fingers to cast on with some new wool I received for Christmas (the gold Biches and Buches above) and I also need to pick a good travel project. If I'm to be honest I'll tell you that not all my projects were actually finished. Some were frogged, which I think takes an immense amount of bravery; but a new year and a new decade called for courage on the home front. The w-i-ps off my needles include a new Flax Light made from mini-skeins, an un-pictured sweater for me, and the mosaic stitch Mountain Cowl from Andrea Mowry. Modeled pictures of all soon.  Don't forget you can still get 20% off The Alaskan Pullover pattern from Ainur Berkimbayeva (below) by using the code knitionary.


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Hello and happy new year! I have a wonderful offer to share with you this week. I've made a new Alaskan Pullover for my grandson and the kind designer, Ainur Berkimbayeva of Mama's Teddy Bear is offering my readers a 20% discount on the pattern with the code knitionary. If you've been meaning to make this, our family's favorite baby and toddler sweater, then now is the time! The pattern has been completely rewritten and newly tech edited, is well written and fun to make. It's sized from 6 mos. to 12 years and my grandson will have a new one each year, we love it that much. 

What's great about this pattern: The short row shaped hem lengthens the back to keep the bum warm (and stylish). The slightly roomy fit and higher front hem make it comfortable for an active child. There are two neck opening options, cords or zipper, making it a snap to put on and off. The fabric is knit entirely with cushy garter stitch for loads of texture. The mosaic color section is super chic and simple to execute; mosaic uses only one color per row. And it's unisex of course! 

For my three Alaskan Pullovers, yes this is my third, I used the beautiful Rowan Softyak DK. The yarn is a dream to knit with and hand or machine washes beautifully and seems to stay beautiful forever; the first one I knit was worn constantly and passed on to another baby who also wore it constantly. It still looks great.

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Use the code: knitionary upon checkout to receive 20% off
(offer expires on January 13, 2020)
My Ravelry project page
Rowan Softyak DK is available at your local Rowan stockist.
I bought mine at my lys, Uncommon Threads and used Cream and Plateau.

I hope you take Ainur up on her offer which is good for one week. I loved knitting this and love to see my grandson wearing it. It's my son's favorite sweater for his little boy and wishes he had one too. Ainur has hinted that in the future she might have an adult version to offer. I'll be sure to let you know!


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