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October 02, 2005

Girlfriend's School Spirit Sweater

Ss3There's this thing they call "School Spirit." Although school was fun enough, I never really got it. Sure, I attended pep rallies and all that--shoot, they were required--but I couldn't ever muster up enough pep to shout "Oh Yeah!" or "Way to Go!"

Funny thing is, when I went on dates, they were usually with a football player or maybe a water polo player. Never went out with anyone on the track team, though.

I suppose it's because those football players and water polo players got enough of that "Way to go!" business. They already had cheerleaders and stat takers who did a heck of a lot of hootin' and hollerin', so they weren't looking at me for some cheer or pep or what have you.

Anyways, Girlfriend's School Spirit Sweater. She turned three and started preschool for the first timeSs2 and I thought something like this was just the way to get things going. It's cool; it's fun, but has just enough pep to keep things light. It's one of those nifty knits because it's quick and easy, doesn't cost too much to make, and knit from the top down, all in one peice.

Unisex Children's Sizes 2 (4, 6, 8, 10-12)
Chest Sizes 21 (23, 25, 27, 28) inches
Approximate Finished Chest Size 24 (26, 28, 30, 31) inches
Approximate Finished Length 14 (15, 16.5, 18.5, 20.5) inches

Materials: Hand Work Cora by Elann.com, (60% cotton, 40% acrylic), 50 gms, 87 yds, 4 (5, 6, 8, 9) skeins in MC; 1 (2, 2, 2, 3) skein(s) in CC
US Size 7 circular needle in 16" or 24"
US Size 6 circular needle in 16" or 24"
US Size 7 double point needles (or add'l circular if you knit in round with two circulars)
US Size 6 double point needles (or add'l circular if you knit in round with two circulars)
Store-bought iron on or stitch on monogram or number

Gauge: 19 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches

Possible Yarn Substitutions: Rowan's All Seasons Cotton, Lion Brand Cotton Ease

This is an intermediate beginner pattern. Techniques used: knit in round, knitting and purling in front and back of stitch (for increases), 1 x 1 ribbing, color change in round for stripe pattern on sleeve, and simple sleeve shaping.

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I've been wondering about the cora. How would you rate its chances in a velcro encounter? Our car seat has those velcro patches to hold the straps out of the way (sort of) when the seat's empty. I made my daughter something out of elann's lara last year and the catching pulled out single strands. Something like dishcloth cotton seems impervious.

That is really adorable. Makes me wish I had a little person to knit for. I'll be back once a family member has an appropriately sized person to knit for.

Adorable picture of GF!

Way cute, I might have to find someone to make that for and add it to my list of to-knits. I had a blast yesterday!

I love it - my almost 12 year old wants it...any chacne of a bit larger?

The dishcloth cotton would work well with this, that's for sure! And it wouldn't snag on velcro.

This stuff isn't that bad. I know what you're talking about with the Lara. That would be horrible. The Cora is pretty sturdy.

Girlfriend really is just the cutest!!

that would look the coolest on my Little Man, another thing to add to the list of things I want to make for him! well done, it's fab.

Oh, how sweet! Girlfriend is adorable and her sweater is so fun. I should make one for my god-daughter for Christmas. Since Girlfriend just turned 3 (like my little miss), did you make the size 4 for her?

I actually made a size 2~which is a bit smallish for her. Next time, definitely a 4

heya, good for you! i love the pattern. very cute. if my 'to knit' list wasn't so damned long! maybe soon!

We've got spirit Yeah! We've got spirit Yeah! Moovin MOOVIN RIGHT DOWN THAT LINE!
I am off to buy a Spirit Sweater Pattern. Oh Yeah!

oh man that is adorable. pity my niece has just turned 18 - with an attitude to match! i would so love to make that for someone.

That is one very cute sweater. I might have to get this pattern. And of course GF looks so cute. I love the pictures you take and post in your blog. School spirit, rah, rah, rah!

HOORAY! I think I win for being the first in the wendys hidden pictures for noticing the darling Girlfriend is an "M".

I need the obvious things- no finding HWWV in mirrors or shadow for me :)

And I don't know how you'd ever say "no" to a kid with such big adorable eyes. I'd be like "aww sure have another ice cream cone, sweetie" ;)

YAY!! I have been waiting for you to post this pattern! (Just bought mine!) I have (yikes!) 8 nieces all in the range of the pattern sizes. All I've got to say now is I am damn glad this puppy is in the round!!

What do you think about doing this in a wool?

See... that's how you know I'm an aunt, not a mom. I say wool and it takes me at least a couple of hours to realize that unless it's washable wool... well, not much point there.


Wendy, that picture of Girlfriend makes me smile every time I look at it. She's a charmer!

AWW MAN! that is the cutest picture of your little girl!!!!!!

nice sweater, by the way, i love it too ;P

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