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Baby's First Fair Isle Sweater

Knitting
September 2009
2 colors of sock yarn, 420 meters of each
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
459 - 919 yards (420 - 840 m)
German baby sizes 62/68 (80/86); about 4-6 (12-18) months
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Errata March 2010: Sleeves - Number of stitches after having worked all 20 decreases should read 71 for smaller size and 91 for larger size.

This cute baby sweater makes for an excellent beginner‘s project in stranded knitting. By using durable sock yarn that can be machine washed it’s also an relatively inexpensive and easy to care for garment.

The pattern also contains a mini tutorial complete with step-by-step pictures of the steeking process and a reference list of resources if you want to know more about Fair Isle knitting.

On Yardage
For the larger size 840 meters of sock yarn might not be enough. If you’re using sock yarn that comes in balls of 50 grams get three balls of each color to be on the safe side.

On Sizing for Babys
Baby sizes vary from maker to maker and from country to country. What’s deemed to fit a 18 months old in Germany might be sized 24 months in France or Italy. Or not. Keeping this in mind it’s probably okay to say that gauge isn’t all that critical with baby garments. If your gauge is looser than stated in the pattern the sweater will turn out slightly larger. That’s not bad. Safe to say the baby will grow into it anyway.

Happy knitting!