Recently, as you know, I came out with the Spring Garden Tee pattern in adult sizes. I was happy to provide a version for women but sad that I was leaving out a big size range with the pattern. I had it available for babies, little girls, and adults. But nothing in between. I know that girls sizes 8-14 are sizes often ignored in knitting patterns. Time and time again I hear knitters complaining about the lack of designs offered in this range.
The Spring Garden Tee is a versatile pattern that I could see worn by a girl of any age. So I am very happy to announce to you that my original Spring Garden Tee pattern for girls has been redone and is now offered in sizes all the way up to a girls size 14. Now every woman, girl, child, and baby in your family can have there own Spring Garden Tee to wear!
My friend Veronika from the Yarn on the House blog test knit the new pattern for her 8 year old daughter, Jasmine. Isn't she super adorable? I think the tee looks so cute on her! Thank you again Veronika for your help and for these gorgeous photos!
Another revision you might notice to the pattern is the sleeves. Before the length of the sleeve lace varied between sizes. Now all sizes have the same look. I think that it was OK before, but I like it better this way.
Here is the new pattern information for those of you interested in knitting one up:
3 months [6mos, 9mos, 12mos, 2 (3, 4, 5, 6) 8, 10, 12, 14] (Pink version shown in size 2. Green version shown in size 8.)
Chest: 17 [18, 19, 20, 21 (22, 23, 24, 25) 26.5, 28, 30, 31.5] inches (0 inches of positive ease)
Length: approx 10.5 [11, 11.5, 12, 12.5 (13.5, 14.5, 15.75, 16.75) 18.75, 20.5, 21.5, 22] inches after blocking
Rowan Calmer [80% Cotton. 20% Polyester Fibre; 175 yd/160m per 50g skein] color: Pink version color #482, green version color #500; 2 [2, 2, 2, 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) 4, 5, 5, 6] skeins or approx 250 [275, 300, 325, 350 (400, 450, 500, 550) 650, 750, 825, 900] yds of a dk weight cotton or cotton blend yarn.
1# 16” US #6/4mm circular needle for smaller sizes
1# 24” US #6/4mm circular needle for larger sizes
1# 16” US #5/3.75mm circular needle for neck and sleeve edging.
(You may need to use US #5/3.75mm double pointed needles for smaller sizes).
2 pieces of scrap yarn to serve as stitch holders
24 sts/36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on size 6 needles
Here are the original pictures of my daughter modeling the tee over a year ago when the pattern first came out. As you can see, this tee looks great on girls of all ages. Still to this day, this has been one of my favorite knits for my daughter. It is simple and quick to make since it is all knit in one piece from the top down. It is also versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The pattern calls for Rowan Calmer which is an excellent yarn choice for children. It's a soft springy yarn that holds up very well with washing and wearing. My daughter's tee still looks like new!
I really hope that you enjoy making this revised version for the girls in your life, big or small! :)
Now available in French. Click here for the French translation.