Bean & Olive by Andrea Mowry

Bean & Olive

Knitting
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!

DETAILS
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.

SIZES
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)

FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE
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.

YARN REQUIREMENTS
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.

SUGGESTED YARN
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)

SUGGESTED NEEDLES
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.

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

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

TECHNIQUES TO INDULGE IN
Twisted German Cast On
Knitting
Purling
Ribbing
Working in the round
Stranded colowork
Reading charts
Increasing
Decreasing
Binding off
Picking up stitches

YARN SUBSTITUTION IDEAS
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!