Hundreds by Kelly van Niekerk


July 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
230 - 252 yards (210 - 230 m)
1 size: to fit a newborn babe, approximately 3-4kg (7-9lb) in weight, with a chest circumference of 37.5cm.
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

100s & 1000s are highlights of a childhood growing up in New Zealand. The wee colourful balls are sprinkled all over sweet treats, and invoke excitement in kids, countrywide.
As an adult, I am lucky enough to have a South African partner; one with a fluent slang tongue.
Hundreds is also a SA slang word heard frequently in our house, meaning ‘good’ or ‘fine’.

This free pattern is written for 8ply/DK weight yarn, and to fit a newborn babe 3-4kg (7-9lb) in weight, with an approximate chest circumference of 37.5cm.

This pattern has you cast on at the neckline, and work flat utilising raglan increases and perform basic colourwork, until you reach the required chest size. From here the arm stitches are put on to waste yarn (or a stitch holder), and the body finished, working the garter stitch button band as you go. Once the body is completed, the sleeve stitches are returned to the needles and worked in the round to the required length.
The sleeves are a tapered fit.
The colourwork is CHARTED ONLY (however it is very simple, and intuitive for those not confident with charts)

knitting small circumferences in the round
long tail cast on
simple stranded colourwork
working top down raglan construction
If you are not familiar with these techniques you may need to reference a knitting guide book, or view videos on the internet.

Augustbird White Gum Wool 8ply (236m/100g)
1 skein main colour, plus up to 20m contrast colour

Thousands” is the extended version of Hundreds, and has now been released!

This extended version of the pattern covers from birth to 2years of age, and can be purchased in 4ply/fingering, 8ply/dk, and 10ply/worsted weight yarns in the Thousands eBook

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