for Straker Classics 1984
C877-C Child's Song of Norway Cardigan
Penny Straker: “Mom created Child’s Song of Norway – the last piece of this trilogy - which includes the original Song of Norway Cardigan as well as the Song of Norway Pullover - after I had spent a few years indulging in and playing with many of the amazing slipstitch patterns. She, too, had become intrigued with their beauty, versatility, and the marvelous opportunity to knit with several colors in one piece without carrying yarn behind every stitch! Slipstitch knitting is addictive.
“The gently gathered sleeve cap in this design - one of the trendy fashion flourishes in the ‘80’s, is a feminine touch for little girls, and I’ve noticed it is slipping back into fashion right now.
“The nicely shaped neckline is comfortable for children, and the delicate Seed Stitch front bands adds a charming detail. Simple Mother-of-Pearl buttons, blending inconspicuously with the Main Color are a good choice.
“Choose the main color first, keeping in mind the child’s eye color and skin tone. It can be an appropriate neutral –– or the child’s favorite color - hoping, of course, that it is not a neon orange! Then think about subtle colorways versus bold colorways – perhaps this depends on the child’s personality! Then it’s time to choose the hues to complement the main color. With the BW image you’re on your own so pull colors that compliment the main color. Eliminate and add colors until your palette is just right, thinking about light, medium and dark shades, for even in a subtle colorway, there must be tonal distinctions.
“There is one update to consider: Add a little more ease into the back and front ribbed cuffs for comfort.
“Here we go: If your knitting tension is average to firm, cast on using one or two sizes larger needle than required in the directions and cast on the stitch count, which you increase to on the last ribbing row in the directions. Work the ribbing as P1, K1, -right-sides rows end P1. This is good. When assembling there is a P1 at each edge. Sewn together, the two P1s look like one P1 -help keep the seam less visible. If you want even more ease for toddlers and for the smaller sizes, then cast on even more stitches, always an uneven count, but remember to decrease all on the first Pattern row to the required stitch count keeping your tension firm! "
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