Sweet Blossom is an intermediate to advanced pattern due to an unusual construction which features as little seaming as possible, a neckband that is patterned all the way around the back, and sleeves that are knit sideways using short rows to shape the wrists. The gauge falls somewhere between a thick DK and a thin Worsted, which is a versatile yarn weight and works up quickly for gifting.
The cable pattern has two rows of bobble blossoms that bloom and wind up to the shoulders, then a simple cabled vine around the back of the neck. The bottom band is worked first and then stitches for the main body are picked up and worked from the band creating a seamless join. The second tie band is worked from made stitches on the first band for a strong and flexible seam that will withstand much tugging from little hands.
Shown in size 4T
WRAP: Chest: 23[25,27,29,30.5,32] inches Length: 12.5[13.75,14,16,16.75,17.75] inches Sleeve length: 9[11,12,13,14,15.5] inches long before blocking, blocking adds at least an inch to length.
Length: 7.5[8.75,9.5,10.25,11.25,12.25] inches To fit ankle circ: 6.5[6.75,6.75,7.25,7.5,7.5] inches To fit calf circ: 9.25[9.5,11,11.5,12,12] inches
Knitpick’s Gloss DK[70% wool/30%silk; 123 yrds/50g]; Colour Guava, 5[6,7,8,8,9] balls for both Wrap and Legwarmers
Approximate yardage for Wrap only: 490[575,650,717,753,858] yards
Approximate yardage for Legwarmers only: 84[106,148,160,182,197] yards
2 US #5/3.75mm circular needles 24 inches long substitute needles if necessary to obtain gauge
1 set US #5/3.75mm double pointed needles, substitute needles if necessary to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holders, stitch markers, one snap (optional)
20 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch