Baby Sand Dollar Sweater Knitting Pattern
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This knitting pattern includes a low vision format with 24 point sans serif black text and fully written instructions. Please contact me if you require additional formatting.
My inspiration for this pattern was a longing for warmer, easier days. As cozy as we make ourselves to endure the seemingly endless Canadian winters, we remember summer, sand, and sea. I was inspired by the shapes and colours of coral, shells, and especially sand dollars, which worked their way into the lacy motif - a play on Barbara Walker’s Sunspots - across the waist.
This pattern is for a baby/toddler sweater in three sizes - 12 month, 18 month, and 24 month. The cotton-wool blend and airy mesh pattern throughout gives a lightness to this little pullover that lends itself to breezy spring days and summer evenings.
The mesh pattern is quick to learn; the lace motif is a little spicier, requiring a bit of attention - but only for 12 rows. The seamless raglan construction makes for minimal finishing. A little blocking will make the Sand Dollar pattern really stand out.
Supplemental charts are included at the end of the pattern for those who prefer working from charts for the increase sections. A link to a video tutorial for the Mesh pattern is also provided.
US size 6/4mm 16”/40cm circular needle.
US size 6/4mm DPNs.
4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or waste yarn, darning needle for finishing.
12 month 18 month, 24 month
Collar circumference: 13.75”/34cm 15.25”/38cm, 18”/45cm
Underarm to hem: 7.5”/19cm 8”/20cm, 8.5”/21.5cm
Wrist circumference: 5.5”/14cm 6.5”/16.5cm, 7.25”/18.5cm
Chest circumference: 22”/56cm 24”/61cm, 26”/66cm
Underarm to wrist: 8”/20cm 8”/20cm, 8.5”/21.5cm
Armhole depth: 3.75”/9.5cm 4”/10cm, 4.25”/11cm
Knit & purl, bind off, lace increases and decreases
Long tail cast on (see Supplemental Resources)
Working in the round on circular needles
Working in the round on double pointed needles
Working from charts (not required for low vision version)
Thanks to my wonderful tech editor Frauke Urban and my fabulous test knitters for making this pattern the best it can be!