Gingersnap by Kristen Rettig


July 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
360 - 400 yards (329 - 366 m)
one year (6 mos., see note below)
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I made my sweaters from scraps of Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted leftover from the Martin Storey Afghan KAL and the Kaffe Fassett KAL. In the model sweater, I used a fourth color for the back, but the pattern is written for three colors. This is meant to be a real scrappy sweater and as long as you make gauge and use a soft, machine-washable yarn (it’s for baby after all), you can be thrifty and raid your stash using 3, 4, 5 or more colors. The color possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! If you would like a summer sweater, I suggest Rowan Handknit Cotton or Rowan Softknit Cotton. Both will give you gauge and both are machine washable.

I’ve sized Gingersnap for one year, which is my favorite size to knit for baby. Hear me out: At one year old, babies are sitting up, walking about, smiling and laughing, clapping their hands, and generally causing a lot of commotion and attention to themselves, and thereby, giving a lot of attention to your nice sweater!

8/5/15: I experimented and knit this again, but using DK weight and found that it made a perfect 6 mos. size. The original Gingersnap is knit in worsted weight yarn with a gauge of 19 sts. by 28 rows per 4 inches which made a sweater that was chest 23” and length 12”, the average one year size. My 6 mos. size was knit with DK weight yarn which gave me a gauge of 21 sts. by 30 rows per 4 inches and made a sweater that was chest 21” and length 10.5” which is an average 6 mos. size. I followed the pattern exactly except substituting the yarn.