We had a spot of sunshine at the weekend, so I grabbed the camera, the dog and the family, and, whilst we made the most of a beautiful autumn afternoon at the park at the bottom of the garden, Miss Button posed up a storm wearing her latest new sweater.
I’ve long admired Tin Can Knits for their wearable aesthetic and patterns that span a massive range of sizes. You can knit for the whole family from some of their patterns that have a more unisex design. I have many of their patterns in my Ravelry library, but haven’t knit one of them before. I’m very glad that I finally got around to it!
This is Prairie Fire and comes in sizes 0-3 months to 59 inches. Which is some seriously insane pattern grading, but makes the patterns fabulous value for money! It’s also got the instructions for both short and long sleeves…I went long for this sweater at Miss Button’s request.
The pattern is exquisitely written. Clear, concise instructions leave nothing to chance. If only all patterns were this good!
Prairie Fire is a gorgeous design. Knit from the top down, you start with the perfect neckline and the first of the tiny flame motifs. As the sweater grows, the pattern gently swoops around to the meet at the back.
Garter stitch hems and cuffs match the neckline and add a nice counterpoint to the stocking stitch on either side of the flame pattern, and on the sleeves.
The flame pattern is simple, but, speaking from experience, it’s worth keeping an eye on the stitches as you knit, or you’ll be frogging back because you’ve missed a yarn over!
The finished sweater is just lovely.
I knitted this in an inexpensive cotton yarn from King Cole, simply because Miss B is growing out of stuff apace at the moment. But if I were knitting this for myself (and I’ll admit I’m sorely tempted to do so) I’d be happy to splurge on the recommended Madeline Tosh, or something equally lovely, because this would surely be one of those sweaters you reach for time and again.
King Cole Cottonsoft is exactly that. A soft, squishy cotton yarn that it delicious to knit with and is cosy with a lovely drape. Just be aware that it pills like a beast, but I’m prepared to forgive it because it’s a beautiful colour and gentle against tender skin.
It’s perfect with jeans, as Miss B prefers to wear it. But it would also dress up nicely with a winter skirt and boots for Saturday shopping and lunch.
Do you know, I may just be actually talking myself into knitting this for me!
Pattern: Tin Can Knits – Prairie Fire
Pattern cost: $7
Yarn: King Cole Cottonsoft DK
Purchased at: Black Sheep Wools
Total cost: £15.96