Guidepost’s Knit for Kids Sweater with a Twist

Even though I am a “dyed in the wool” crocheter, I do like to knit from time to time, as long as the project is a small one that won’t take me forever to complete. I’ve knit a lot of sweaters for Guidepost’s Knit for Kids  organization in the past

(Update 8-27-11: The Knit for Kids Program is now run by World Vision, a non-profit organization that benefits children.)

This time around, I decided to incorporate a mosaic pattern into the sweater for a little variety.

This Knit for Kids sweater incorporates a mosaic design.

You may remember that, a while back, I knitted the afghan featued in Barbara Walker’s Learn-To-Knit Afghan Book.  The goal of the project is to teach new knitting skills beyond the knit and purl stitches.  The book includes slip stitch, mosaic, twist stitch, cable, increase and decrease,  and lace patterns, as well as special techniques such as short rows and knitting in the round.

I remember there being several garter-stitch mosaic patterns in the book, so I selected one to do the sweater’s top half.  It turned out nicely, although if I ever do it again, I’ll knit the mosaic pattern a little more loosely because the slip stitches used to create the design tend to pull the fabric in.

A closeup of the mosaic pattern in this Knit for Kids sweater

I used acrylic yarn from my stash as usual, but ran out of the mint green shade of Caron Simply Soft Eco yarn (unfortunately discontinued) that I used in the bottom half of the sweater.  I had to use another shade of green  that I had in my stash for the garter-stitch top, but most people I show it to say the difference in colors is only noticeable when I point it out (so maybe I should stop pointing it out, ya think?).

There are a lot of patterns in Walker’s book that could easily be incorporated into this easy-to-knit sweater (the Knit for Kids knit and crochet sweater patterns can now be found at the AC Moore website). I’m told that the children who receive these sweaters love bright colors and interesting designs, so if you ever decide to knit one of these sweaters for a child in need, this is a good way to spice it up a bit.

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7 comments On Guidepost’s Knit for Kids Sweater with a Twist

  • Cute little sweater. Your idea worked up well.

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  • I have made quite a few of the sweaters, however, being I don’t seam them very well, could you, since
    you can make something out of nothing, make instructions for circular needles.
    Would make finishing lot easier.
    Thanks
    Evalinda

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

    • Hi Evalinda, I don’t like seaming either. I have knitted these sweaters on circular needles. All you need to do is cast on the total number of stitches for the front and back and knit up to the sleeves. Be sure to put a stitch marker at the beginning. Divide the stitches in half and put the back stitches on a stitch holder and follow the directions for knitting the sleeves which I believe involve casting on stitches to make the sleeves. Do the same for the back. You will have to seam the top and bottom of the sleeves but not the sides since they were done on circulars. Hope this helps.

  • Patrice Walker told you how to knit sweater body with circular needle. with half of the stitches still on the needle ( yes you can keep stitches on circular needle), cast on stitches for one sleeve, knit across all stitches and cast on for second sleeve knit back and forth till sleeves are size for the size you chose for the sweater. cast all stitches off.ON UNDER ARM OF ONE SLEEVE, pick up stitches ( same amount as first sleeve, place on needle as you go, and knit across the stitches and body to other side and pick up stitches for other sleeve, now knit back and forth for second sleeve, cast off, then all you have to do is sew shoulder seams.

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