Posts Tagged ‘heart-shape lace’

Per multiple requests, I finally had some time during a break from work and was able to finish writing the pattern to add additional sizes.  As some of you know, the original version only had size 4 because I knitted the sweater for my daughter when she was 4 years old.  I had to do some research as usual to learn the different measurements on the parts of a garment and in various child sizes I was adding.  It was quite a project and another invaluable learning experience. 

The numbers in the updated pattern were not tested but written based on the original size 4, and using meticulous math calculations.  I will knit size 8 for my daughter when time permits.  I hope you enjoy it.

Valentine updated version

Finished chest size:  23.5 (25, 26, 28, 30, 32) inches for sizes 2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12)

Yarn: 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins of Knit Picks Superwash Swish DK weight (123 yards/50g), or equivalent.

Needle size: 6; circular needles and double point needles.

Gauge: 23 sts x 31 rows = 4 inches.

Notions: Size D (3.25mm) crochet hook, stitch markers, stitch holders, and tapestry needle

Pattern instruction here Valentine updated version and in Ravelry.


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A sweet sweater for multiple seasons and occasions- wear it with just a camisole or a thin T-shirt underneath during spring or fall when the weather is just a bit chilly but too warm for a sweater with a tighter neck opening, or wear it with a turtleneck underneath during winter and the soft merino wool would sure keep your little girl toasty and warm.  The ribbing on top and the heart shape lace pattern lining the bottom edges give it the dress-up feel while the simple shape of the garment keeps it casual.  Pattern offers 2 styles for the neck opening – crocheted collarless edge, or knit rolled edge.


Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Swish DK, 5 skeins; colorway Cornflower

Needle size: 6

Gauge: 23 sts x 31 rows = 4 inches

Notions: Stitch markers and tapestry needle.

Finished size:  chest size 25 inches

Click here for the Valentine pattern.

ETA 8/10/2011: Pattern version 2 with multiple sizes is finally ready!!  Click here to access.  Also available on Ravelry.

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This was my first attempt at knitting a sweater without using a pattern.  I had some ideas, drew them out, knitted some test stitches, took measurements and then started knitting the actual garment itself.  The Before picture is the first “prototype” and the upper arms came out a little too snug despite my taking measurements off an actual shirt that fit her and careful calculation of stitches against the gauge.  The After picture shows the final finished project (I think it’s better, don’t you?) which resulted from multiple adjustments to the top halves of the front and the back, neck, and sleeves spanning over a period of 2 months after the first version was completed.  I think I still have a lot to learn.

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