Bean & Olive by Andrea Mowry

Bean & Olive

October 2020
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Measured over stockinette stitch knit in the round on Main Fabric needle, after blocking.
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
250 - 730 yards (229 - 668 m)
3-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr)(4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, 8-10yr)
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This little wee sweater is a special collaboration between Lolabean Yarn Co. and myself to celebrate our daughters - Lola (Bean!) and Olive who are very close in age. Our girls are both all about pinks, purples and hearts and designing this sweater for them was just so much fun! I hope your kiddo loves it just as much as ours!

This sweater is knit from the top down, which is a wonderful way to customize the length of the sleeves and body to get a great fit for the wee one in your life! You can also go back and pick out the bind off to add length later on so they can fit a bit longer as they grow. After knitting the yoke, the sleeves are separated from the body and put on hold to be returned to after finishing the torso for a totally seamless sweater.

1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)
To Fit Ages: 3-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1-2 yr, 2-4 yr)(4-6 yr, 6-8 yr, 8-10yr)

17.5 (19, 21.75, 23.25)(25.5, 28.5, 30)”
44.5 (48, 55, 59)(65, 72.5, 76) cm
Recommended ease is 0-4”/0-10 cm.

These are just approximations. Total yarn usage will depend on the yarn you use (fiber content, ply, etc.), your personal gauge, and any modifications you may make.

DK Weight Superwash Merino (115 g/250 yds)
MC - 99 (113, 140, 169)(210, 254, 288) g
214 (245, 303, 367)(455, 552, 626) yds
195 (224, 277, 336)(416, 505, 573) m

CC - 16 (19, 23, 28)(35, 42, 47) g
35 (40, 50, 60)(74, 90, 102) yds
32 (37, 46, 55)(68, 83, 94) m

For this pattern I chose a soft, 4-ply superwash merino yarn. Soft so it can be worn against the sensitive skin of my kiddo, 4-ply to give added strength to stand up against the wear and tear of a 6 year old, and superwash for easy care. To help the colorwork motif pop, you will want to choose strong contrasting colors.

Lolabean Yarn Co. Pinto Bean DK (250 yds/115 g)
MC - 1 (1, 2, 2)(2, 3, 3) skeins Forgiveness (grey)
CC - 1 skein Bean & Olive (pink with purple speckles) or El Bosque (green)

Main Fabric: US 6/4 mm –16”/40 cm to 24”/60 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference (Magic Loop or DPNs)

Ribbing: US 4/3.5 mm - 16”/40 cm circular for collar and preferred needles for small circumference for cuffs.

Use the needle size necessary to achieve gauge.

Stitch marker, row counter (recommended), scissors, waste yarn or stitch holders

22 sts & 31 rows = 4”/10 cm on larger needles.

Twisted German Cast On
Working in the round
Stranded colowork
Reading charts
Binding off
Picking up stitches

Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!