“A #6 aluminum needle has been known to furnish an excellent emergency shearpin for an outboard motor.” Elizabeth Zimmerman (1995)
I really like knitting for babies and toddlers for the sole reason that I can finish an item in a week or less. Knitting with big wool and big needles also makes it faster, so with that in mind I made a simple knitting pattern for a toddler’s shrug.
This can be adapted to fit wee little newborns or even grown-ups. And it is really basic. I think beginner knitters can do this!!
Here is the basic shape your are trying to knit. I have colour coded sections to help you get an idea of what part you are knitting.The exact measurements are up to you. The first one I made had really long arms. It was for an 8month baby and the arms were long enough for my 3 year old (he may or may not be my living”dress doll” for all my sewing projects). Not a problem. I folded them back and put a couple of stitches in to keep them up. It made a cute cuff. In the future I can un-pick the stitches and lengthen the arms.
I used Lincraft “Surprise Yarn” 12 ply 100g ball to make the purple one. It is really soft and I just love varigated yarn. It always makes knitting a bit of fun. This yarn does say to use 5.5mm needles, but I used my 7mm ones.
7mm needles (I use circulars because they are easy to stuff into my handbag)
100g 12 ply yarn of your choice
Wool needle (for sewing up seams later on)
What to do:
1. Cast on 32 stitches.
2. Rib (2 knit. 2 purl) until measures desired arm length,mine was 23cm (see blue sections on diagram).
4. Continue Rib to create back section, mine measured 32 cms (see purple section on diagram). Get out some or your childs current clothing and measure to see what you need.
5. Over the next 4 rows, reduce 2 stitches at the beginning and end of each row. You should end up with 32 stitches again.
6. Rib the 2nd arm the same length as your 1st and then cast off!!
7. Sew up arm seams (see red markings on diagram).
8. Attach a tie to the end of your seam under the arm (see green markings on diagram). I just plaited some of my kntting yarn, but ribbon would be nice too.