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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Knits for Grandchildren

I knit this sweater for my grandson for his third birthday. It is from an old undated book of patterns from Pingouin, a French company that sold translated patterns back in the 1990's. The patterns are some of the best and are classic. Pingouin publications are had to find now, but a possible source is Bugg'sBooks.com in Vancouver.

I see from my notes on this pattern that I knit it once before for my nephew who is now 25. The machine washable Berroco Vintage yarn knit up beautifully with a soft hand and lots of loft. I usually prefer 100% wool, but for a child's garment this half wool/acrylic mix with some nylon is the best choice. Note the detailing of the left side shoulder bands. They were knitted separately, lengthwise, one with buttonholes and one without, then sewn on. The shoulder shaping was different on each side to accommodate these bands. At first I thought this was a fiddly detail, but it worked beautifully and is an example of why these Pengouin patterns are superior.

Shoulder band detail

Back view

And then, because I feel that when one child receives a gift, their sibling should get a small gift as well, I quickly made this wee hat for my granddaughter. It came together in an evening, and was a good way to use up some scraps of lovely yarn. The hem/ear band is knit from Rowan Calmer, which is a stretchy cotton yarn. I used the basic hat pattern from Anne Budd's The knitter's handy book of patterns.
The colours are truest in this photo.

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