Little Knits: Love of Knitting Spring 2017


Elephant Safari Children’s Vest by Cassie Castillo

Elephants and colorful African motifs march across this children’s vest worked in stranded colorwork. This design uses no more than two colors per round, and it includes a chart for steeks so you’re always knitting from the right side. If you haven’t steeked before, it’s a fun (if slightly nervewracking) process—try it on a small project before tackling adult-sized sweaters.

Difficulty Expert

Finished Size 24 (26.75, 29.25)” chest circumference. Vest shown measures 24″.

Yarn Knit Picks Palette (100% Peruvian highland wool; 231 yd [211 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]): #25098 peapod (green; A), 3 (4, 5) balls; #23731 ash (gray; B), #24246 pimento (red; C), #25531 canary (yellow; D), and #25095 caribbean (blue; E), 2 balls each. Yarn distributed by Crafts Americana.

Needles Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular and set of double-pointed. Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ and 24″ circular.

Notions Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 30 sts and 31 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needles.

Notes This vest is worked in the round from the bottom up. Additional stitches are cast on at the underarm for armhole steek panels and at the neck for the neck steek panel. Steeks are not included in the stitch counts unless indicated.


Springtime Mobile by Emily Kintigh

This sweet mobile features four baby animals: a duckling, a bunny, a lamb, and a fawn. It’s a quick knit and a great baby gift, whether you make the entire mobile or just knit one or two critters as toys.

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 12″ wide and 20″ tall.

Yarn Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool; 220 yd [200 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #824 yellow (A), #825 orange (B), #874 ridge rock (gray; C), #817 Aran (cream; D), #1917 vinci (brown; E), #815 black (F), #227 bachelor button (blue; G), #894 strawberry cream (pink; H), 1 ball each.

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): set of double-pointed.

Notions Markers; removable marker; tapestry needle; polyester fiberfill; two 1/2’’ x 12” dowels; fishing line.

Gauge 26 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in St st.

Notes The animals are worked in separate pieces and seamed.


Pearls Hat by Mone Dräger

Strings of (yarn) pearls in contrasting colors swirl around this sweet hat. You can vary the number of strings, their colors, and their placement: add just a few for fashionable accents or put them in an allover pattern for a more playful look.

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 19 (20, 21)” circumference at brim and 7″ tall. Hat shown measures 20″.

Yarn HiKoo Simplicity (55% merino superwash, 28% acrylic, 17% nylon; 117 yd [107 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]): #023 lavender (lt purple; MC), 1 (1, 2) ball(s); #033 red hat purple (dk purple; CC1) and #001 white (CC2), 1 ball each. Yarn distributed by Skacel.

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn).

Notions Markers; tapestry needle.

Gauge 22 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in patt.

Notes This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.


Warm Stripes Set by Biggan Ryd-Dups

Super-stretchy leg warmers and matching wristers in shades of pink will thrill a little girl’s heart. These quick-to-make accessories in soft wool will keep her warm on windy spring days.

Difficulty Beginner

Finished Size Hand warmers: 5.25 (5.75, 6.25, 6.75)” hand circumference and 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5)” long. Hand warmers shown measure 5.25″. Leg warmers: 6.75 (7.25, 7.75, 8.25)” leg circumference and 10 (11, 12, 13)” long. Leg warmers shown measure 6.75″.
Yarn Biggan Design DK Merino First Cross Wool (100% merino; 115 yd [105 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]): #915 vintage rose (dk pink; A), #925 rose (lt pink; B), and #895 moody rose (md pink; C), 1 (1, 1, 2) ball(s) each.

Needles Sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 6 (4 mm).

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 34 sts and 31 rows = 4″ in k1, p1 rib on smaller needles, slightly stretched; 32 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in k2, p2 rib on larger needles, slightly stretched.

Notes These hand warmers and leg warmers are worked back and forth in rows and seamed.


Spring Day Raglan by Marly Bird

Your kids won’t resist putting on a sweater when they see this adorable design. It’s a roomy garment that can grow with them for several years, with casual rolled hems and an eye-catching color combo. A budget-friendly, machine-washable yarn makes it a winner for parents, too.

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 23.5 (25.5, 27.5, 28.5, 30.5)” chest circumference. Pullover shown measures 25.5″.

Yarn Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium (100% acrylic; 247 yd [225 m]/4.5 oz [127 g]): #4820 sky (blue; A) and #4410 dolphin (gray; B), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) each.

Needles Size 8 (5 mm): 24″ circular and set of double-pointed.

Notions Tapestry needle; buttons.

Gauge 16 sts and 22 rnds = 4″ in St st.

Notes This pullover is worked in the round from the top down with raglan shaping. Sleeves are worked in the round from the top down.