Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Navajo Pullover

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be sharing this with you today! 

Meet the Navajo Pullover, my newest design now available on the Petite Purls website. 

When I found out that I would be having a boy last winter, my knitterly instincts kicked in and I began hunting for more modern styled sweater designs for boys. As those of you with boys already know, those are few and far between. This sweater design began to develop in my mind. When Petite Purls had a submission call for colorwork, I figured it was worth a shot. I had no prototype knit, no pattern worked yet. Just a swatch and sketch. 

Then it was accepted! My first thought was, "Hooray!" quickly followed by, "oh crap. I have to design a sweater to fit multiple sizes." I spent a fair part of the end of the summer working on this. I remember waking up at 3am one night (you know how pregnant women can never sleep) and finished grading this pattern through to the end until 6 in the morning. 

This little gem is knit in the round from the bottom up using Spud and Chloe Sweater. The sleeves are knit in the round then joined at the yoke. The deep button band is perfect for your smaller tots, because we all know how fun it is to try to squeeze big baby heads through little neck openings. 

Just a word on sizing: if you are unsure of what size to make, go to the larger size. When knitting stranded colorwork, you really need to make it the size it needs to be and not expect the knitting to stretch (remember the sock debacle this summer?). Little Tommy (our model in the photos and the son of my knitting friend Meg) just fit into the 12 month size.

Ready to get started? Check out the pattern here or queue it up on Ravelry.

And stay tuned! I have a little more on this fun sweater later this week as well as a great review!


  1. That's a fantastic sweater! Not only are baby boy patterns lacking, there aren't a ton of great men's sweaters either. If you get the urge, you should turn this into an adult sweater too. That would be awesome.

    The bambino is adorable!

  2. It's so cute! My favorite out of the Petite Purls line up this time.

  3. congratulations!
    what a gorgeous sweater!

  4. This is so gorgeous! Congratulations on a great pattern.

  5. What a cute kid! And a fabulous sweater! Congrats!

  6. Congrats on your new pattern release! I've never done colorwork before, but I'd be willing to try for a sweater as sweet as this. I have to admit that when I found out I was having a boy, I felt disappointed about all the cute little girl patterns I wouldn't get to knit. Thanks for bringing some adorable, sophisticated baby boy patterns into the knitting world. I appreciate it!

  7. Hooray! How awesome! Congrats! It's so true that boys clothes aren't exactly as diverse as girls'. This sweater is awesome.


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