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.


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

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

  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!

  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.

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


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