I was at a fiber festival with my little one snug in her "February Baby Sweater" by Elizabeth Zimmermann, and a few times people walking by would say; "It's a mini February Lady Sweater!" This surprised me as I thought everyone knew the origins of that design! I attempted to re-vamp the design to fit my daughter's doll, changing the construction a bit to scale it down. Tried as I might, I could not recreate the wonderful simplicity of the math involved in the original pattern. That Elizabeth Zimmermann had some serious magic when it came to writing patterns. Here is my tiny version, so now the whole family (dolls included!) can wear arguably the most popular design in hand knitting history.
Fits 15-16" doll
Chest: 13 inches
Length: 6 inches
Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK Naturally Dyed [100% organic cotton; 131 yds/120 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein]
#982 Brazilwood - 1 skein
US #6/4 mm 12 inch circular needle
Small Button - 1
Stitch holders or scrap yarn
28 sts = 4 inches in Gull Pattern
(Gauge will naturally be larger over the garter stitch area with the same needle size)
This sweater is based on the "February Baby Sweater" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. The construction has been changed in order to work on such a small scale. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Knitter's Almanac in which the original pattern is published. You will not regret it, and will soon find yourself knitting lots of baby sweaters. You can also find the adult version here as well as notes for creating a girl sized version here.
Make One (m1) is best accomplished with a backwards loop cast on, you may also lift and twist the bar inbetween the stitches.
Row 1 (RS): * K1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * across.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS): Purl across.
Row 3: * K2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk; repeat from * across.
Simple lace and basic decreases
Cast on 32 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit across.
Row 3 (Increase row): K4, m1, (k2, m1) across to last 4 sts, k4: 45 sts.
Rows 4-5: Knit across.
Rows 6 (Button hole row): k2, yo, k2 tog, Knit across.
Row 7: K5, m1, (k2, m1) across to last 4 sts, k4: 64 sts.
Row 8-10: Knit across.
Row 11: K5, m1, (k1, m1) across to last 6 sts, k6: 118 sts.
Row 12: Knit across.
Row 13 (RS): K3, pm, work Gull Pattern Row 1 across to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 14: K3, purl across to marker, sm, k3.
Row 15: K3, work Gull Pattern Row 3 across to marker, sm, k3.
Row 16: K3, sm, purl across to marker, sm, k3.
Repeat Rows 13-16 until Gull Pattern measures 1.25 inches, ending with a WS row.
Setup: K3, sm, work across next 14 sts in Gull Pattern, slip 17 sts just worked onto st holder or scrap yarn for Left Front; work next 28 sts in Gull Pattern, slip remaining sts and marker to second st holder.
Beginning with a WS row, work Gull Pattern for 2.5 inches, ending with a RS row.
Last 6 Rows: Knit across.
Bind off all sts; cut yarn leaving a 10 inch length to be used to sew Sleeve seam.
Slip sts from second st holder onto needle, work in Gull Pattern across next 28 sts, slip 28 sts just worked onto st holder or scrap yarn for Back; work next 28 sts in Gull Pattern, slip remaining sts and marker to third st holder or scrap yarn for Right Front. Complete same as first Sleeve.
Row 1: With RS facing, slip sts and marker from Left Front st holder onto needle and work across in Gull Pattern.
Row 2 (WS): K3, sm, purl across Left Front sts, slip sts from Back onto needle and purl across, slip sts from Right Front onto needle and purl across to marker, sm, k3: 62 sts.
Work in Gull Pattern, maintaining 3 sts in Garter st at each edge until piece measures 5.5 inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.
Last 6 Rows: Knit across.
Bind off all sts.
Sew sleeve seams.
Sew on button.
Weave in all ends.
Brandy began knitting in 2003 when she took what she thought was a crochet class at a local yarn store. In 2007 Brandy gave birth to her first daughter, and knit throughout her pregnancy. Thus began her adventures in designing knitwear for wee ones. She knits and designs for her two daughters, when she's not working on Petite Purls. You can read the Pixie Purls blog, and see her other designs by visiting her website.
Pattern & images © 2010 Brandy Fortune. Contact