Like Mother, Like Daughter
It's Mother's Day here in the UK on Sunday and I thought it might be quite nice to look at a few patterns that have been designed with mothers and daughters in mind. I've chosen three designs from three different designer.
One of my favourite designers is Hannah Fettig and being a mother with a daughter she knows her stuff. Hannah has just she released two new patterns using Cumbria Worsted, I talked a little about this fab yarn in last week's blog post if you'd like to find out a bit more about the yarn itself.
Little Coastal Pullover and Coastal Pullover are inspired by Hannah's popular designer Rocky Coast Cardigan. The pullover is worked from the top down seamlessly, this is my favourite sweater construction as you can try it on as you go and adjust the length if you need to. The cable stitch pattern is a simple repeat, fun for experienced knitters to work and a good choice for anyone new to cables.
The colour Hadrian's Wall has been used in the adult version whilst the child's version has been knitted up in Scarfell Pike. Both patterns give a good range of sizes with Little Coastal Pullover from age 6 months to 12 years, the smallest size only uses one skein of yarn!
Playful Stripes was Alana Dakos's first sweater design. It's a fun everyday cardi with a colourful striped yoke that is ideal for using up leftover yarn from previous projects. Knit from the bottom up in one piece, there is minimal seaming which is always music to my ears! The pattern gives instructions to knit from age three months through to 6 years and recommends Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is ideal for knitting for babies and younger children as it is wonderfully soft and machine washable.
The adult version of Playful Stripes uses the same construction method as it's smaller counterpart but this time is knit in a worsted weight yarn, the pattern suggests Quince and Co Owl but I'd be very tempted to knit this in Libby Summers Fine Aran in Coastal Cream with one of Libby's starter packs for the striped yoke. Obviously the key to substituting yarns successfully is to swatch first, you can find out more about this in our earlier blog post - Yarn Matchmaker.
My final pattern is from designer duo Tin Can Knits; Prairie Fire from Road Trip caught my eye recently when I was looking for a suitable sweater pattern for Blacker Swan DK. Tin Can Knits are known for their good range of pattern sizes and Prairie Fire includes eight child sizes from 0-3 months up to 8-10 years, whilst the ladies version offers ten sizes from 30” to 59”. The child’s version is intended to be worn with 0-2” positive ease, whilst the ladies sweater with 0-2” negative ease, so figure hugging.
As with my previous pattern choices Prairie Fire is a seamless knit, this time knit from the top down. It features a lace panel that crosses over onto the back of the sweater, the collar, cuffs and hem are all knit in garter stitch and you’ve the option of doing either long for short sleeves. This would be a great sweater for early spring!
I'm planning to spend Mother's Day indulging the knitter in me and I hope you all have a wonderful day too with whatever you are doing.