Larkin Knit by Park Williams

Larkin Knit

Knitting
January 2021
yarn held together
Worsted
+ Fingering
+ Lace
= Bulky (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
250 - 800 yards (229 - 732 m)
0(1, 2, 3) (4, 5, 6); Chest: 17(18, 20, 22) (23, 25, 28) inches; 43.25(45.75, 50.75, 56) (58.5, 63.5, 71) cm
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The Larkin Knit is the baby/child version of my Stay Pull Sweater, meant to be a quick and fun take on a classic pattern. Playing with scraps and stash you will create a beautiful rainbow, marled fabric. In addition to being the perfect gift, it is also the perfect intro in to sweater knitting—a low-commitment, mini version to try your hands at classic top-down Raglan construction! #thelarkinknit

Needles & Notions:
Size US 10.5 / 6.5mm circular needles* & DPNs (for body)
Size US 8 / 5mm circular needles* & DPNs (for ribbing)
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder/scrap yarn
* cable length will vary based on size

Sizing:
0(1, 2, 3) (4, 5, 6)
newborn(6 months, 1-2 years, 2-4 years) (4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8-10 years)
Chest: 17(18, 20, 22) (23, 25, 28) inches;
43.2545.75, 50.75, 56 cm
I recommend using the size schematic to best determine sizing as opposed to basing it off age. I recommend choosing a size with 1-4” positive ease and adjusting length of body/sleeves as necessary.

Gauge: 14 stitches and 20 rows/4” on a US 10.5 / 6.5mm, stockinette in the round, blocked.
Note on gauge: Because we are playing with yarns of different weights and holding them double, triple, quadruple, there will be some inconsistencies in gauge. Try your best to keep it in the 14-stitch range.

Yarn:
The Larkin Knit uses scraps and stash yarn of all weights and fiber contents by holding them together to create a homogeneous fabric. The sweater is knit in “bulky” yarn, but rather than knitting the sweater out of one strand of bulky yarn, we create this weight of fiber by holding thinner weights together.

Possible Combinations:

  • 1 strand of worsted weight with 2 strands of fingering/sock or lace weight
  • 1 strand of aran or heavy-worsted weight with 1 strand of fingering/sock or lace weight.
  • 4 strands of fingering/sock weight
  • 2 strands of worsted weight
  • 1 strand of bulky weight As you can see, it is really about playing. There is no perfect recipe. As you go you will start to get a sense as to what combinations work best for you and your tension. If you prefer a lighter fabric you can always hold less strands together!

Yardage:
Around 250 - 800 yards.
Because this is a stash buster and is made using scraps throughout, I don’t have a definite number for yardage. However, the pattern is created from scraps, stash and random yarns, so you don’t have to worry about dye-lots or buying enough yarn at the yarn shop. You can add random new skeins at any point in the process!