close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Knitting for the Big Kids

Last week, Elizabeth shared her perfect little baby vest and wrote about some of our wonderful baby yarn options. There are so many baby patterns, but what to do as the babies grow into big kids? Fortunately, more designers are thinking about those years between cute baby and adult.
Rowan recently published Rowan Kids, with some very stylish patterns for kids from ages six to twelve.
This collection fits nicely between Rowan’s sweet toddler patterns and their sophisticated designs for adults.

Berroco has expanded the sizing in some of their pattern booklets as well. Berroco Family Comfort (#284) features hats, scarves and sweaters ranging from infant sizes to adult XL.
Berroco Comfort is available at the shop in DK, worsted and chunky weight. I have machine washed and dried the Comfort Chunky with great results.

Berroco Comfort Book for Girls (#291) also features Comfort in some adorable designs for girls ages four to ten.
Vintage Arts and Crafts (#290) includes sizes ranging from eight years to women’s XL. The designs are fun and youthful and would fit nicely into any girl's wardrobe.
Berroco Vintage is a worsted wool/acrylic blend, and we carry an array of colors - everything from pale pink to charcoal gray. I had a special request for a hooded sweater, and I’m halfway through Gondry (shown above) using Vintage. The yarn is very nice to work with and it’s machine washable as well. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

So, the next time you're in the shop, take a look at some of our kids' patterns and kid-friendly yarns. There are many options that will keep you knitting while the kids continue to grow.


  1. argh! I literally want every one of these books now! I've got two nieces - one almost eight and one almost eleven - and constantly bemoan having no patterns that are "old enough" for them but sized for their super-skinny kid frames!

    too bad i live in the middle of the country instead of on the coast, or I'd be in your shop AS WE SPEAK!

  2. Robyn, We are happy to send any if not all of these books to you. cheers!