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Guest Post: Kate Oates

March 10, 2015

Today, knitwear designer Kate Oates of Tot Toppers and When I Grow Up shares 3 of her latest designs featuring Spud & Chloë yarns from her new book, Knits for Boys. This book features stylish knits for sweaters, tops, vests, hoodies, mittens, hats and more which are designed especially for boys and sized from 4-12. It also features a reference section on how to knit for kids: choosing colors and styles, sizing, how to make a sweater “grow with” your child, how to find a comfortable fit, and even tutorials on simple additions to any design like hoods and installing zippers. In her non-knitting life, Kate holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. She lives with her family in South Carolina, which includes her husband and 4 boys (who also happen to be the Tot Toppers models). Enjoy! 

The Stripy Socks are a basic toe-up sock with some funky color thrown in, shown here in Spud & Chloë Fine yarn in #7809 Snorkel, #7822 Sidewalk, and #7806 Calypso. It’s a great template pattern, meaning that you can use it over and over again by adding your own variety of colorwork or more stripes – you could even knit it up in the new Stripey Fine yarn!

The T-Rex Graphic Pullover, knit in Spud & Chloë Sweater, is one of my personal favorites. It’s a basic pullover worked from the top down with the addition of a fun graphic accent that my dino-crazy boys adore. The print is worked intarsia, but a short row wrap & turn technique allows for you to still work the piece seamlessly. The cuff and hems on the sweater are worked with a rolled knit edge, which allows for extra length to be knit to make it last for longer, and also makes it easy to add length on a year down the road if desired.

The Outdoorsy Sweater is knit in Spud & Chloë Outer, shown here in #7212 Sandbox. This sweater is part of the Grow-With-Me component of the book, which means it has built-in growing room worked into the pattern. To begin with, the sleeves can be flipped up or down, and the overall length of the sweater is extra-long with additional ease built in for many years of wear. Since it’s worked from the top down (seamlessly, of course!), the hems can be ripped out later on to add length to the body and sleeves as needed.

 

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