July 13, 2022

Hello friends. I'm here today with a sweater I made in March and I'm so happy to finally share it with you today, on publishing day! This was a preview knit for Brooklyn Tweed, knit in Dk weight and designed for children with chest sizes 21.5" to 30.5". I made the 4th size for my grandson who just turned 5 yesterday. Happy birthday dear boy. 💖

The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed's lovely Arbor, but the BT team encouraged the preview knitters to use whatever yarn we wished, as long as it made gauge of course. I had some fabulous Rowan Softyak DK in my stash and knowing my grandson loves it, I chose this sophisticated color combo. The colorwork is created with slipped stitches so you knit with only one color per row, but you slip the same stitches for enough rows to create a puffy 3-D effect. A little blocking tames it a bit but keeps the pouffy, whimsical effect in tact. It reminds me of Lava Lamps and I love it! If you've ever knit a BT pattern you know that they are written to a very high standard, including the children's patterns.

Modine designed by Paula Pereira for Brooklyn Tweed

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Purchase Rowan Softyak DK at Rowan and also ON SALE at Jimmy Beans.

I've been singing Softyak's praises forever, but honestly once you knit with it, I'm certain you'll fall in love forever. It is a chainette type yarn, a blend of cotton, yak and nylon, is cashmere soft, has a fabulous needle glide, is machine washable and resists pilling. I used Plateau for the main color, a charcoal with a sophisticated touch of teal. This is my grandson's favorite yarn, and at age 5, he is quite picky! We call it pajama yarn because it's so soft. I hope you try it and let me know what you think. I just purchased a sweater's worth in Heath, a muted purple.

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  1. Beautiful sweater, on an equally beautiful child.

  2. Amen to the above! And how do you get him to pose for the camera like that? I suspect Secret Grandma Power. Your pattern recommendations are always appreciated, Kristen. Chloe

    1. Thank you pal! At five years old it takes some negotiation to accept a photo shoot. Honestly, these days I dread it. He pulls faces like you can’t believe. 😏


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