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Snowflake

Knitting
February 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
601 - 984 yards (550 - 900 m)
1-11 years
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Snowflake is a girly lace pullover, and is a cooler weather version of Sunny T-shirt. It has a seamless, top down construction, with yoke increases incorporated in the stitch pattern, and a neckline shaped with short rows.
The body is shaped by changing needle size, and its length can be easily adjusted.

This garment requires careful blocking. Use yarns that block well only.

Skill level
Working a lace pattern, working in the round, provisional CO, picking up sts, short rows.

Sizes
1-1.5 (2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11) years. Shown in size 4-5 years.
Finished chest circumference: 56 (60, 64, 70, 75, 80) cm/ 22 (23.5, 25, 27.5, 29.5, 31.5) in.

Gauge
Different sizes are worked at different gauges.
1 pattern repeat (16 sts x 32 rows) in Ostrich Plumes st, with main size needle, after blocking =
1-1.5 and 6-7 years: 7 cm x 10 cm (width x length)
2-3 and 8-9 years: 7.5 cm x 11 cm
4-5 and 10-11 years: 8 cm x approx 12 cm

Materials
Yarn:
Sizes 1-1.5 and 6-7 years: Malabrigo Sock or similar fingering yarn.
Remaining sizes: Malabrigo Arroyo or similar sport or light DK yarn.
Shown in Malabrigo Arroyo.

Yarn amounts:
550 (600, 600, 750, 850, 900) m/ 600 (660, 660, 820, 930, 990) yds.

Use yarns that block well only: 100% wool will work best. Acrylic blends with wool or cotton are not suitable - they will not hold blocking. 100% acrylic can be used, if you steam block the garment.

Needles and notions:
main size needles (for yoke & upper body): circular needles 40-60 cm/ 16-24 in long, size as below, or size to obtain gauge:

1-1.5 and 6-7 years: 3.5 mm (US size 4)
2-3 and 8-9 years: 4 mm (US size 6)
4-5 and 10-11 years: 4.5 mm (US size 7)

larger size needle (for lower body): circular needle one size larger than main size needles 40-60 cm/ 16-24 in long,

one set of DPNs size as main needles (for sleeves),
removable st markers,
scrap yarn,
crochet hook, size similar to main needles (for provisional CO),
3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) buttons, 18 mm in diameter.

Take time to make a gauge swatch. Adjust needle size, if necessary.