Kid's Classic - Test Call

Kid's Classic - sweet, fresh, and ready to make your own.

This sweater is assembled with a classic set in sleeve, a rich twisted-rib hem, and your choice of views. View 1 is an a-line dress, and View 2 is a straight pullover. Either view can be worked with one of two necklines - a classic round neckline, or a keyhole with a button.

In La Bien Aimee, the dress version shines for holiday events, little white tights, and a hint of dress up.

 

Alternately, indulge them with their choice of outrageously fun color. In Urban Girl Yarns, the pullover version is ready for them to make their style mark.

Whichever one you choose, your little one will be comfy in a breezy fingering weight top!

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CONSTRUCTION

Kid's Classic is worked in pieces from the bottom up and seamed using set-in sleeve construction. Stitches are picked up for the collar. The neck can be worked with or without a key-hole slit, which is buttoned at the top.

Hem and cuffs are worked in 1x1 twisted rib. The collar is worked in 1x1 rib and finished with a tubular bind-off. The keyhole slit is edged with an i-cord.

PATTERN OPTIONS

A-line dress or straight pullover

Kid's Classic comes in two lengths - View 1 is an a-line tunic dress, View 2 is a pullover with no shaping from hip to underarm.

Two necklines

Kid's Classic is a 'little sister' pattern to Classic Colorblock, and has two neckline options. The first duplicates the round neckline of the adult version, the second adds a slit neck with a button at the top. If your intended does not like the feeling of a snug neckline going over their head, they may prefer the keyhole neckline.

About the samples

View 1 is shown in La Bien Aimee in size 6 years, modeled on a child with a 23" / 57.5 cm chest and total height of 43" / 107.5 cm. View 2 is shown in Urban Girl Yarns and Koigu also in size 6 years, on a dressform that is intended for display purposes, and does not have realistic proportions.

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SIZES

2 (3, 4, 6) [8, 10, 12, 14] years

To fit chest: 20.5 (21, 22, 24) [26.75, 28, 29.25, 31] inches / 51.5 (52.5, 55, 60) [67, 70, 73, 77.5] cm

Finished chest circumference: 22.25 (22.25, 23.25, 25.5) [28.5, 29.5, 31.25, 32.75] inches / 55.5 (55.5, 58.5, 63.5) [71.5, 74, 78.5, 81.5] cm

Finished bicep circumference: 7.5 (7.75, 8.25, 8.5) [9.25, 9.5, 10, 10.5] inches / 18.5 (19.5, 20.5, 21.5) [23, 24, 25, 26.5] cm

 

YOUR BEST FIT

I recommend choosing the size closest to the actual chest measurement. Intended ease is approximately 1.75 (1.25, 1.25, 1.5) [1.75, 1.5, 2, 1.75] inches / 4.5 (3, 3.5, 3.5) [4.5, 4, 5, 4] cm of positive ease at the chest.

Note - children’s sizing is based on chest circumference, and kids can be all different heights for any given chest circumference. I recommend looking at the schematic to see if you should shorten or lengthen the sleeves or body.

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TECHNIQUES

  • Working directional increases and decreases 

  • Working a sloped bind-off (optional) 

  • Picking up and working stitches 

  • Seaming

  • Knitting Lace

  • Sewing a tubular Bind-off

  • Knitting in the round (round collar only)

  • Knitting i-cord and applied i-cord (keyhole neckline only)

MATERIALS

  • Stitch markers

  • Tapestry needle

  • If working keyhole neckline, 1 1" / 2.5 cm button 

GAUGE

23 sts and 36 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with size A needles


23 sts and 32 rows over 4 inches/ 10 cm in Lace Pattern


26 sts and 37 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in 1 x 1 Twisted Rib

YARN

View I, Dress, shown with round collar

 

La Bien Aimée x Mondim
100% Portuguese wool, non superwash; 421 yds (385 m) per 100 g skein.

 

This is a crisp, bouncy 3-ply fingering weight yarn with fantastic stitch definition.

Shown in Dawn (MC) and Kitsune (CC)

 

MC: 455 (535, 615, 710) [890, 985, 1075, 1205] yds / 415 (485, 560, 650) [815, 900, 980, 1100] m
CC: 205 (205, 225, 265) [295, 320, 385, 390] yds / 190 (190, 210, 245) [270, 290, 350, 355] m
 

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View 2, Pullover, shown with keyhole neckline

 

Shown in Urban Girls Yarn Virginia (MC) and Koigu Wool Designs KPM (CC)


Urban Girls Yarn Virginia
90% Superwash merino, 10% nylon; 480 yds (440 m) per 125 g skein.

 

This is a silky, 2-ply fingering weight yarn with good drape. Shown in Tabula Rosa

Koigu Wool Designs KPM
100% Merino wool, 170 yds (136 m) per 50 g skein.

 

This is a soft, bouncy 2-ply yarn fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition. Shown in 1144.
 

MC: 370 (420, 475, 540) [655, 740, 800, 905] yds / 340 (385, 435, 495) [600, 675, 735, 830] m
CC: 115 (115, 120, 155) [170, 180, 230, 245] yds / 105 (105, 110, 140) [155, 160, 215, 220] m

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ABOUT THE TEST

This test will be run on Slack. Slack is free to join and offers chat rooms by topic. Pattern files, errata, and chat will be hosted in a private channel there. Testers are free to ask questions in the test Slack channel, or to DM me in Slack if that is more comfortable.

The test will begin Monday, September 12th and conclude November 7th (8 weeks).

This is not a secret test, so testers can share progress publicly as they work through the test.

 

I am seeking 2-3 testers per size and will be choosing testers so that both views are represented. Testers with yarn at all budget points are encouraged to apply. Note that I make testing calls available first to my Ko-fi subscribers, then to my newsletter group, so if your size is marked full those are the best ways to grab a spot in the future.

COLLABORATIVE TESTING

A fun, supportive, productive test knit depends on clear expectations between the designer and testers. Here's what you can expect from me and what I am counting on from you:

  • You will receive a fully tech-edited pattern.

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  • I make my best effort to respond to questions as quickly as possible and agree to respond to questions within 1 business day (M-F), absent an emergency or pre-communicated time away.

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  • I will post any adjustments/errata that surface during the test, if we make a big change or correction, I will post a revised file.

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  • You will receive a tester credit on my pattern webpage (first name and link of your choice, example here).

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  • I will moderate a space free from hate speech, expressly including but not limited to racist, ableist, fatphobic, homophobic or transphobic speech.

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  • It's important for me to see the fit of the sweater on a body. Testers agree to complete their sweaters and provide a modeled photo and feedback by the test deadline.  Modeled photos can be cropped to exclude the model's face.  I do not believe that providing me photos for marketing purposes is a key part of the testing agreement, so I will not share your photos without permission. Having said that - I do LOVE to share tester's projects, and I deeply value the contributions that testers make to this community, so if you are comfortable with me sharing your photos I am very grateful!

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  • Testers agree to create and block a swatch for all three stitch patterns.

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  • Testers agree to communicate throughout the test, including letting me know if something has come up that will prevent them from completing the test on time. Things happen, we are human, and I definitely understand! With a long testing period, I can sometimes fill a dropped spot with a replacement and I truly appreciate testers who are able to let me know when something does come up for them.

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  • You may make fit-based modifications to ensure your dream sweater - I encourage this! If you wish to make a design or non-fit preference (such as using an alternate technique or finish) please check in with me first.

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  • I rely on testers to provide feedback about the accuracy and clarity of the instructions, the fit of the final garment, and the amount of yarn used in yards or meters.  Tests will be considered finished once the feedback form is complete.

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Testers who complete the test will receive another of my self-published patterns for free, in addition to the finished version of Kid's Classic. If you wish to waive your thank-you pattern, I would be very pleased to provide a copy of Classic Colorblock to a friend if you prefer or to make a copy available to someone experiencing financial hardship.

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CREDITS

Tech edit: Heather Storta

Photography: Hypnotic Imagery, LLC

Testers: