Winter Garden Jumper
Winter Garden is a little girls’ woolen jumper with a stranded colorwork motif to brighten the winter landscape. Worked at a fine gauge in a woolen-spun 2-ply wool, the jumper is light but warm, beautiful enough for festive occasions but not too precious for puddle stomping. The details in this design make it at least an adventurous intermediate-level project, and even expert knitters will have the chance to practice unfamiliar techniques like the Channel Islands cast-on and Anna Zilboorg’s “perfect buttonholes,” which lend heirloom quality and durability to the jumper. Suggestions are given for substituting simpler techniques, should you desire to do so.
Winter Garden is sized for girls aged 1 to 7 and is designed to fit comfortably over a shirt and leggings, with room to grow. Modeled in 12-18-month size with 0.5” of ease and in 4/5 size with 2.5” of ease. Skirt length may be adjusted if you prefer a longer dress or a shorter tunic style. The skirt is proportionally longer in the larger sizes.
Fern Frost colorway (grey jumper)
MC: 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Snowbound
CCs: 20 yds each of Loft in Long Johns, Almanac, Old World,
Plume, Thistle, and 60 yds of Faded Quilt
Field Guide colorway (brown jumper)
MC: 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Nest
CCs: 20 yds each of Loft in Long Johns, Thistle, Plume, Birdbook, Sap, and 60 yds of Woodsmoke
US #3 (3.25 mm) circular needles, 24” length, plus 16” US #3 to work narrowest part of skirt in smaller sizes, or size that gives you gauges. You may also prefer a 32” length for the wider portion of the skirt.
US #2.5 (3 mm) circular needle for hem and garter edges, long enough for magic loop (use two circs or dpns if preferred)
US #0 (2 mm) double-pointed needle (dpn)
4 (4, 5, 5) buttons, 5/8” diameter
ribbon for facing the button band, if desired
1/4” ribbon to lace through the eyelet round, if desired