You may have seen these two gorgeous toddlers around, and everytime I look at this picture I can’t help but smile…
Sofia and Toby are wearing knits from Cross Country Knitting Volume 2, a collaboration between friends and colleagues, Kate Davies and Jen Arnall-Culliford. The first volume of Cross Country Knitting published in 2014 featured knits for men, and I was truly honoured to be asked to contribute an essay for Volume Two with reflections on childhood knits as the central theme. All three of us appear in a childhood photograph wearing garments and accessories made for us by our knitting relatives. The loopy bonnet I’m sporting in this picture was knit by Mum:
Whilst rummaging around for the photograph I found this picture of Mum with her Mother (my Grandmother) in a very similar loopy knit:
Kate’s pattern, Wee Bluebells, is a mini version of the Bluebells pattern from her Yokes book:
Knit in Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight, Wee Bluebells is worked in the round before steeking straight up the centre front.
Wee Bruton by Jen, is a scaled down version of her Bruton Hoodie from Cross Country Knitting Volume One:
Worked in Excelana 4ply, the hood and zippered fastening make it a great knit for bundling your wee one up in! Toby has completely stolen my heart…
Both patterns are sized to fit ages 1-12, so there’s plenty of room for growing kids, and no need to worry about them outgrowing their new cardigan too quickly as you can always knit a larger one up!
Thank you so much Kate and Jen for inviting me to be a part of this lovely project which I have thoroughly enjoyed working on.
All Cross Country Knitting Volume 2 photography is by Fergus Ford. © Cross Country Knitting and used here with permission.