Little Selkie by Rebecca Newman
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Little Selkie

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Little Selkie is a cardigan inspired by the mythical Selkie water spirit, in which a seal-like creature shape shifts into a human once a year, usually Midsummer’s Eve and then walks ashore. The Selkie have to hide their seal skin or it can be lost or taken and then they cannot transform back in their original seal form until it is returned. Little Selkie is a cardi for your wee lass to keep her warm as she walks the land.

Little Selkie is a seamless kimono style wrap cardigan which is fastened with two or four feature buttons. It has a sweet, simple eyelet lace detail, which has instructions in charted and written form. This cardigan is ideal for a first lace project.

The Little Selkie cardigan is seamless and knitted from the top down with raglan sleeves in a light worsted yarn. Written in eleven sizes from 9mth to 8yrs, this cardigan has a great range of sizes to fit your wee lass. The edging band is picked up afterwards to allow for easy use of trims and coordinating colours.

Please knit the size of your child’s chest measurement, rather than their age, and add or subtract length in the body and sleeves for their age. This will ensure the best fit, for example my 4yr daughter fits a 24mth size with a 21inch chest but it is knitted with some extra length as she is petite. There is approximately two inches (5cm) in this pattern, which gives it a generous fit suitable to last two seasons. For a more fitted look, knit one size smaller than your child’s chest measurement.

The following includes the chest size and approximate estimated yarn quantity in Yards/Metres.

9mth - 45cm / 18inch
12mth - 47.5cm / 19inch
18mth - 50cm / 20inch
2yrs - 52.5cm / 21inch
3yrs - 55cm / 22inch
4yrs - 57.5cm / 23inch
5yrs - 60cm / 24inch
6yrs - 62.5cm / 25inch
7yrs - 65cm/ 26inch
8yrs - 67.5cm / 27inch
10yrs - 70cm / 28inch

Pattern yardage requirements:

Main Colour
9mth – 3yrs: 240yds/255m (260yds/275m, 280yds/300m, 310yds/330m,410yds/435m,430yds/460m)
4yr – 8yr: 490yds/520m (510yds/540m, 540yds/575m,600yds/640m

Contrast Colour
9mth – 3yrs: 140yds/150m (150yds/160m, 170yds/180m, 190yds/200m, 210yds/225m, 230yds/245m)
4yr – 8yr: 250yds/265m (290yds/310m, 310yds/330m, 330yds/350m, 350yds/370m)

A light worsted weight wool 10ply yarn is recommended. Either a semi-solid or variegated coloured yarn would suit this design.
Some suggested yarns include Featherbrush Yarns Worsted, Mosaic Moon Kona Superwash Aran, Colour Adventures Dia Worsted or Malabrigo Rios.