Hello my ‘little blog corner’ followers. Thank you so much for visiting again after a long break. My site was damaged since mid August. It took a while to understand what was the problem. A little after we came back from Japan, E and his nephew put their hands on and made whatever brilliant people do. Now all is back to normal. I’m so lucky to have E’s nephew available for us, it was a huge help. Now my little CrochetObjet space is back and I’m so happy to be here again. It was unbelievably frustrated. I know some of you were in the middle of the making using the free patterns and tutorials and it was not very easy to navigate. Finally all is back too normal. Thank you so much for being patient.I have so many things to tell you. The construction of our new roof top studio, and than so many adventures from our family vacation in Japan. But today I want to start by sharing my new knitting pattern.
After I finished crocheting my woolly Benji, I thought it needs a cozy sweater. I picked up my needles, a ball of wool, pen and paper and jumped into the making. This little top down raglan designed on the go. I started knitting Benji’s sweater as a sock, using short circular needles. I used a simple lace pattern and added a cable from each side of it. There were some back and forth knitting, calculations and more calculations. I struggled a bit with the raglan maths. It wasn’t easy to calculate it all in such a small amount of stitches. But it ended up with a happy woolly Benji, wearing his lace-y raglan sweater and with VERY happy me. Earlier this year I had knitted myself a raglan sweater, following the Basic pattern for top-down sweater by Karen Templer. This was my first ever knitted sweater and I learned a lot about raglan architecture from this project.
Cotton Benji’s Sweater
When I finished knitting and writing Benji’s sweater, I made one out of GrannyKit cotton to see how it looks made out of cotton. I used colour Lily and I just love the cotton version.After my new knitting pattern was completed, I gave it to one of my students, Yael, for a knitting test. She made two sweaters: one using colour Red and one using colour Caramel. These two Benji’s are gorgeous. This is the second knitting pattern added to my Etsy shop and to my Ravelry and I’m very excited about it. I hope you like it too. As a blog subscriber you get a special 15% discount, till Nov 10th. Use Coupon code BENJI15 on checkout. The Benji’s sweater pattern is now available here. Here is some important information you need to know if you plan to give it a go.
Benji’s Sweater Pattern
This is a very easy to follow pattern. A simple top down raglan sweater, knitted in the round. Benji’s sweater pattern includes written instructions as well as a simple lace chard. There are written instruction for the lace in case you don’t like to follow charts.
Sweater size and Measurements
This is a one-size sweater to fit Benji The Bear if crocheted in Fingering / Sport weight yarn.
Circumference 11” 27 cm. Length 5” 12cm
Sport weight 4 ply cotton / wool – 25 gr’.
The wool used in picture is De Rerum Natura Ulysse in color Poivre et sel.
Main Fabric – US 2.5 (3.25 mm) – 16”/40 cm or 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference (Magic Loop or DPNs)
Ribbing – US 2 (2.75 mm) – 10”/25 cm or 32”/80 cm to 40”/100 cm circular and preferred needles for small circumference (Magic Loop or DPNs)
For Cotton version – 26 sts & 34 rows = 4”/10 cm on larger needles.
For Wool version – 25 sts & 42 rows = 4”/10 cm on larger needles.
Measured over stockinette stitch in the round after blocking.
10 stitch markers, row counter, tapestry needle and crafty scissors.
Use 2 stitch markers of the same color to mark before and after chart sts.
So now you can find two knitting patterns in my Etsy shop. I’m a little proud and excited. I hope you will find it enjoyable and useful. Please feel free to play with any yarn you have in stash. Benji’s sweater can make a cute little sweater for many other soft toys or dolls and create a great gift for 0 – 99 years loved hearts. Don’t forget to use your 15% off till Nov 10th. Use Coupon code BENJI15 while checkout. Use #benji’sweater and #crochetobjet on IG so I can follow your creations. xxMo