Well, it took me several years to write down this baby sweater knitting pattern after knitting it for several children and grandchildren. It’s a classic Icelandic design pullover sweater, but with an easy-on rolled neckline for babies and toddler girls and boys. The style is boxy and the sleeves are hemmed, allowing for more than one season of wear. IMG_0497

The colorwork is really simple and doesn’t use but two colors stranded at any one time. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca 50/50 Peruvian wool and alpaca. The alpaca provides the softness and the wool provides the body. It’s a beautiful worsted yarn, worked on a US 8 (5mm) circular needle for the most part.

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With its generous boxy shape and neat little hems, it will suit for more than one season. The design allows for sleeves to be turned up the first year and down the next season of wear. Finished measurements unblocked are Chest: 24 in (61.5 cm), Length from nape to hem: 16 in (41 cm), Sleeves from underarm: 10 in (26 cm). So would definitely fit 12 to 24 months and with washing, even longer.

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A baby jumper with classic design, which can be passed down through generations, no matter the flavor. Unisex in every way.

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The “Snowy Day” knitting pattern pdf is four pages with photos and charts. You can purchase it now at 50% off, no coupon needed, through Feb, 2018. It’s a toddler sweater pattern you will use over and over again for baby gifts. Thanks for reading and happy knitting!

IMG_0513All photos are the sole property of knitnscribble, Sharon Watterson, designer, copyright 2018. Please do not use without permission. Pattern is written for personal use only and is the intellectual property of the designer.

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I’ve always been a sucker for bonnets and when I saw Larissa Brown’s new bonnet eBook, Love Bonnet, I wanted to knit them all. Problem is, I don’t have many infants to knit for these days, and needed a larger size.

So, I have created a larger bonnet pattern, based on Larissa’s “Juniper Bonnet”, which is a free pattern.  Hoping that the bonnet for older kids and toddlers in bigger sizes will be the new trend, so I can knit some more….. a natural transition from the earflap hat and sock monkey hat fads this past fall and winter.

Call me “crazy,” but the bonnet is so practical…great hat to wear with ponytails. In the Nordic countries, all ages wear ski bonnets…just because it’s called a bonnet, doesn’t mean it’s for babies.

This one is trimmed in a little dove gray cotton and knit with about one skein of soft grape wool and alpaca for Easter, which is rarely a warm time in New England. The bonnet doesn’t have to be tied, but the ties can hang down, like the older children usually prefer to wear them.

There are five repeats of the feather and fan in this larger bonnet pattern. The finished size of this one is about 17 inches around and will fit up to a six year old.

If you are interested in this larger size feather and fan bonnet for toddlers, kids, and older heads, please subscribe to this blog and let me know by leaving a comment. I also plan to write a larger bonnet pattern for a plain stripe design.

For Larissa’s Juniper Bonnet pattern, written for infants, click here.

Thought I would update the blog to include several free baby and toddler knitting and crochet patterns that I have recently written about on Examiner.com and InfoBarrel.com as Sharon Watterson, Knitting in Providence. Rarely do I write about anything other than free patterns, so please subscribe, if you haven’t already. Rose bonnet pattern for little girls and Monster face pants or longies for girls and boys. InfoBarrel subjects are varied, but there are many knitting and crochet patterns there, too. (more…)

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