What could be more delightful than a Henley-style pullover sweater and matching hat ensemble with fair isle motifs of adorable little sheep and hearts in a flower garden? You can create this darling set for your special doll with the Little Flock and Flowers knitting pattern by Knitting Little Design. You will want to make this set in a variety of color combinations!
Little Flock and Flowers pattern includes instructions for both the sweater and hat, and contains photos and step-by-step instructions for special techniques such as a contrasting edge cast-on, corrugated rib, three needle bind off, and more. There are color charts for the fair isle sections and written instructions for the remaining sections. Best of all, this pattern is almost seamless; only the base of the placket and the underarms require seaming. The sweater has a buttoned placket opening that can be worn at the front or the back. The body, sleeves and hat are knitted bottom up, in the round using stranded fair isle technique. Body and sleeves are knit separately to underarm then joined for the yoke. A placket opening is created at the back, beginning at the start of the yoke. The cuffs, hat band and hem of the sweater are knit in 2-color corrugated rib. The hat is closed at the top using either the 3-needle bind off or your preferred method of seaming.
This pattern requires intermediate skill and includes basic knitting techniques as well as the following additional techniques:
• Fair isle/stranded knitting in the round on circular needles or double pointed needles. I used the magic loop technique.
• Contrasting edge long tail cast on.
• Following a color and knitting symbols chart.
• Making buttonholes with yarn over and knit 2 together.
• Three needle bind off for hat.
• Grafting underarm seams using Kitchener stitch or preferred method of joining live stitches.
This PDF knitting pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Yarn: light worsted/DK [category 3]
Yarn: DK/light worsted [category 3 weight] approximately 210 yards/80 g in total. Yarn amount is approximate and will vary depending on yarn used. Yarn options used in testing this pattern: Loops and Threads® [Joy DK™], Deramores® [Studio DK™ and Stylecraft DK™], Bernat® [Softee Baby™], Baby Bee® [Sweet Delight™], Hobby Lobby® [I Love this Yarn Sport™], Tahki Stacy Charles inc.® [Shannon™].
Needles: #3 US [3.25 mm] either double point or circular (or whatever size needle you need to get required gauge/tension). If you are using magic loop, you will need at least a 40”/100 cm cable. you may also need a smaller or larger size needle if your gauge in fair isle differs from your gauge with one color stockinette
Additional materials: yarn needle for grafting underarms and weaving ends, stitch holders or scrap yarn, stitch markers, 2 buttons for placket.
Gauge/tension: 24 stitches x 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] square in stockinette stitch and fair isle
Skill Level: Intermediate
What You Get: One 23 page knitting pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF knitting pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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I had the pleasure of testing this pattern and it was so much fun to knit! I don’t often knit fair isle and I can say this is a good pattern for someone without a lot of experience. The I nstructions were very easy to follow. I learned a couple new techniques that were explained clearly and well, making them easy to understand and learn. The sheep are so stinking cute too!
I have knit this pattern twice now and enjoyed knitting it both times. It was fun to watch the pattern develop while following the excellent instructions and graphs for this pattern. If you've never followed a graph before, this one is super easy to follow. I had no issues with this one and I literally don't do graphs as they make me nervous. Have fun knitting this for your dolls to wear this winter as they will enjoy wearing them outside on a snowy day.