19 November 2010

Positive Chi

My friend Millard has designed a gorgeous kid's jumper, called Positive Chi (chi being short for chihuahua). I decided to knit it for my nephew Tom's first birthday. Here's how it turned out!

Here's Tom trying it on when it was about 3/4 done ... I made the Medium size, which should fit him well when we get to cooler weather next year. I haven't managed to get a pic of him wearing the finished jumper yet.

The pattern has a lot of attention to detail, and some nice design features, starting with a tubular cast on, and finishing off with these duplicate stitched paw prints ...

... and a chihuahua on the front. This was my first time doing duplicate stitch, and I must say I love it!
The sleeves have a nice neat line of decreases ... (slip 2 sts tog knitwise, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over).

The collar and placket are in seed stitch.

It has inset 'undershirt' sleeves, knit in 8 ply and sewn in. The main jumper is knit in 12 ply. I used Bendigo Classic (machine washable) 12 ply, in Guava, Java, and Magnolia.

As a finishing touch there's this neck facing sewn in at the end - not essential, but a nice design feature.

For those of you interested in the fine details, you can access my Ravelry project page here. And yes, I know I made a mistake in the stripe pattern. I meant that. Honest.

6 comments:

  1. I love it Denise - especially the shoulders! The colours are just perfect too.

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  2. Now will that duplicate stitch chihuahua show up in other knitted items? The sweater is too cool for school!

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  3. That is a very cool pattern for a little fella! Love the "undershirt" sleeves, what a great idea. And the colours you've chosen are fab!

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  4. It's adorable! I like duplicate stitches,too. The look of stranded color knitting without all the ends.

    And Tom is such a cutie. What a smile.

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  5. Clever clever clever.
    He is a very lucky nephew.

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