Sweet William

This is the children’s version of my William pattern, from Stranded Knits. The stranded colourwork design is adapted from the lovely Brother Rabbit pattern by English ‘Arts and Crafts’ designer, William Morris.

The pictured sample was knitted with Rowan Fine Tweed, so the sweater is ideal for cool British summer days, and for any other time of year if worn with warm undergarments. You will need one 25g ball of contrast colour in all sizes, and the following number of 25g balls in main colour:

1-2 years – 5 balls
2-3 years – 6 balls
3-4 years – 7 balls
4-5 years – 7 balls
5-6 years – 8 balls
6-7 years – 9 balls
7-8 years – 9 balls

You will also need 2 buttons of 12mm or ½” size.

The sweater is knitted from the top down. It is mostly worked in the round except for the yoke area above the colourwork, which includes button bands for the shoulder fastening. Short row shaping slightly scoops the front neck. Provisional cast-ons are used at the underarm for a comfortably seamless armhole. Tension/gauge is 28 stitches and 38 rows/rounds per 10cm/4″. Suggested needle size is 3mm.

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