Build Your Own Barnyard Jumper by Owl Croft Designs

Build Your Own Barnyard Jumper

March 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.5 mm (E)
12 mos, 2, 4, 6
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Adorable barnyard animals along with a watchful sheepdog adorn this endlessly customizable A-line jumper. This clever design can be worn as a dress by a toddler, as a tunic by a young child, and as a top by a grade schooler. Wide arm openings allow for this growth: wear it over a turtleneck in the winter and a tee shirt in the summer. Go with natural colors or go wild and whimsical. Loads of choices means you can make this over and over again, each jumper will be unique!

Dragonfly Fibers Valkyrie worsted, 100% 4-ply super wash Merino, 200yds/182m (4oz/113g) per skein.
• 133, 180 (227, 275) yds of Hem Color (HC), 12 month sample in Limelight (green) and size 6 sample in District 12 (gray)
• 176, 260 (345, 400) yds of Main Color (MC), 12 month sample in Forget Me Knot (light blue) and size 6 sample in Kelpie (dark blue)
• 50, 54 (58, 62) yds of White, both samples in Nekkid (white)
• 12, 12 (12, 12) yds of Black, both samples in Black

Note: Variety in the barnyard animals will require 3 yds per animal (4 yds for the Alpaca) of other colors such as tan (Birch), light brown (Latte), light gray (Silver Fox), and pink (Springtime in Washington). The chicken and duck require just 12 inches of red (Dragonberry) and yellow (Apollo) and 1 yard of a medium brown (Cocoa) can be combined with Latte to create a Tunis sheep. A kit including the white, black and these variety colors is available at

• For the knitting: 2 removable different color stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, dental floss or crochet thread for lifeline, one button between 5/8” and 7/8”
• For the lining: A narrow band of lining will cover and protect the floats, allowing for longer floats without having to tack them down frequently. Use an old T-Shirt of any color. A sewing needle and thread are also needed. This extra effort will help create a garment that lasts.
• For planning the animals: copies of the DESIGN BLOCKS section of this pattern, scissors, clear tape, plain paper, and colored pencils/crayons in the colors you wish to knit.

Provisional cast on, knitting in the round, two-color stranded color work, intarsia, reading a color work chart, increasing, decreasing, short rows, I-Cord.

Intarsia in the Round: see tutorial on YouTube on the Owl Croft Design channel: search for “Owl Croft Designs, Knitting Intarsia in the Round” parts 1 and 2

3-Needle-Join: see tutorial on YouTube by CottageChickKnits “Three-Needle Join”

Applied I-Cord: see tutorial on YouTube by The Sweater Collective “Technique Tutorial: Applied I-Cord Edging.”

• If all animals are just black and white, utilize regular stranded color work techniques
• If animals are of different colors, utilize Intarsia in the Round (see above “Skills Used”).