Handspun Pinafore

This pattern is designed to maximize the yardage and accentuate the beauty of handspun or otherwise extraordinary yarns.  With its sleeveless yoke and a-line body, it makes the most of a small amount of yarn.  Undulating waves and graduating garter ridges highlight the unique textures and long color transitions in handspun and artisan dyed yarns.  Instructions are given for 5 sizes from ages 1-12 and include options for contrasting yoke and hem, 2  yoke styles, and 3 closure styles (button loop tutorial provided).  This pattern is easily worked by an advances beginner and is a simple first lace project.

Sizes:

1/2 (3/4, 5/6, 7/9, 10/12)

Measurements:

Chest: 22 ½ (24½, 27, 30, 31.5)"
Length: 14 (15½, 17, 18½, 20)"

Materials:

Yarn: In 8-10 wpi or worsted to aran weight yarn you will need approximately 260 (300, 345, 395, 450). If you choose a contrasting color for the yoke and hem it should be about 20% of your total yardage.

Needles: 30” or longer circular needles in US sizes 8, 9, 10, 10½, & 11 (or size required to obtain gauge and needles in each of the next four sizes). This is an ideal project for a circular needle with interchangeable tips.

Notions: Scrap yarn or stitch holders, darning needle, closure for the neck (your choice of a button, clasp, or tie), optional stitch markers for lace work – if you choose to use them, you will need 9 (9, 10, 11, 8) markers.

Gauge:

In stockinette stitch 17 sts = 4” using the smallest needle size.