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Garter Squish Kids

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Garter Squish Kids is an easy to wear jumper which has quickly become my daughter’s favourite. It boasts a simple, seamless design in a chunky weight yarn, along with the texture created by the garter stitch, means this is a super versatile, comfy cozy garment. Garter Squish is top down, knit in the round and uses short rows to shape the neckline. It has two style options for the bottom hem shaping. Interest is added by the seamless joining of the rib neckline into the slipped stitch raglan stitches which then continue through the body and sleeves. This creates a faux seam appearance and gives the garment extra ‘squish factor!

Size Range

2yrs (4yrs, 6yrs, 8yrs,10yrs)

Ages are provided as a guide only. Due to deviations in children’s body shapes, choose your size based on the chest measurements shown in the schematic. The garment is intended to fit with 3” (7.5cm) positive ease, so pick a size approximately 3” (7.5cm) larger than the actual chest measurement.

Chest Circumference (actual size)
24 (26.5, 28, 29.5, 30.5) inches
60 (66.5, 70, 73.5, 76.5) centimetres

Yarn Requirements

Sample one is modelled by my daughter, Pippa and shows the full hem shaping. It was knit in Needle and Fred Merino Chunky in the colourway ‘La Vie En Rose’. The sweater is a size 4yrs worn with with 2.5” (6.5cm) positive ease.

Sample two is modelled by my son, Oscar and shows the back hem shaping option. It was knit with Lion Brand Hue + Me in the colourway ‘Ozone’. It is a size 2yrs worn with 3” (7.5cm) positive ease and 1” (2.5cm) added to the body length.

Any chunky/super chunky yarn with approximately 100m (109yds) per 100g. Many hand dyed chunky yarns are this exact specification making them an excellent choice. Have a look at what your favourite indie dyer has to offer and treat yourself and your knit-worthy recipient!

Alternatively, there are plenty of hard wearing, purse friendly yarns from more commercial sources so whatever your requirements are, go for it! If you fancy a marl, the male adult sample was knit from Drop Karisma 100m (109yds) per 50g held double in the colourways ‘16 - Dark Grey Mix’ and ‘73 - Petrol’.

Suggested Yarns

Needle and Fred Superwash Merino Chunky, 100m (109yds) per 100g. 100% Merino 3ply construction.
Lion Brand Hue & Me, 125m (137yds) per 125g. 20% wool, 80% acrylic.
Drops Karisma, 100m (109yds) per 50g, 100% wool, held double.

Required Meterage/Yardage

2yrs (4yrs, 6yrs, 8yrs, 10yrs)
380 (450, 520, 645, 740) m / 415 (490, 570, 705, 810) yds.

This equates to 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins of Superwash Merino Chunky, 100m (109yds) per 100g
OR 4 (4, 5, 6, 6) balls of Lion Brand Hue & Me, 125m (137yds) per 125g.
OR 8 (10, 12, 14, 16) balls of Drops Karisma, 100m (109yds) per 50g.

The stated meterage (yardage) is the estimated quantity needed to create both the garment and one swatch.

Needles and Notions

7mm (US size 10¾) and 8mm (US size 11) circular needles OR size needed to get gauge.
Length dependent on your knitting style:
24”+ (60cm+) circular for magic loop in both sizes for neckline, sleeves and sleeve cuffs.
OR double pointed needles in both sizes.
16” (40cm) circular for yoke/body as required.

Scrap yarn or stitch holders.
4 stitch markers.
1 locking/removable stitch marker OR a cable needle.

On larger needle, 12 sts and 20 rows = 4x4in (10x10cm) in garter stitch, after blocking.
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