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Speckles and Lace: A Lush for Hunter

May 16, 2017

We have expounded upon our love of speckles recently (all about that here), but I think my speckled love has gone from ‘ooh, pretty’ to ‘I NEED TO KNIT EVERYTHING IN SPECKLES RIGHT NOW’. It’s gotten a bit ‘full on’ as they say. Reminds me of my hand paint fever of the mid-2000s…

I knit Hunter a modified Flax sweater all in speckles over the winter break and loved it. The yarn was House of a la Mode in ‘Tinsel’ and it was just so much fun to knit. The pattern is simple (even with my mods) but as the yarn runs through your fingers the colours change, sometimes stitch by stitch! An adventure for sure.

A few weeks ago I combined my speckle obsession with my current need to constantly knit sweaters for my kids. They have pretty good sweater wardrobes already (except Jones, but I’m working on it), and little sweaters are quick (well, okay, they are quicker than knitting myself a sweater). Knitting for the kids also satisfies my desire to cast on certain patterns immediately (I’m looking at you So Faded Pint Sized), and the three of them wear their sweaters all the time! Is there anything more satisfying to a crafter than seeing their work out in the world, being used and loved? Nope.

Check those buttons, are they pink? Are they purple? Whatever shade of awesome, Hunter adores them!

And so, on a trip to Knit Night at Black Sheep Yarns I couldn’t resist the Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK in ‘fly’ and by the time I went to bed I had a lace band blocking for a new Lush sweater. I normally choose a size with a bit of positive ease for the kids knits (+2-3″) to maximize wear, but with this design, the lace looks really good when stretched a bit, so I went with only about 1/2″ of positive ease for this one.

lush project details:

Pattern: Lush
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK in ‘fly’
Size: 7-8 years (27″ chest)

Hunter is loving it! She wore it before the ends were even woven in and she especially loved the pinky purple buttons I found at Button Button. The yarn was a delight to knit with, an adventure in every stitch, and the whole project was rather successful if I do say so myself. So successful, I MIGHT have cast on another speckled project immediately….in spite of all the other WIPs on the needles!

So, what do you like to knit for the littles? Do you stick to accessories? Are you as sweater crazy as we are?

More sweaters ready for speckles by TCK:


Flax Light by Tin Can KnitsChromatic by Tin Can KnitsPlaydate by Tin Can Knits

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. hannahstitch permalink
    May 26, 2017 7:48 am

    Hands down, these patterns are absolutely fabulous!! the color combination is taking my breath away. I am a sweater crazy. I am new to knitting and have been taking online classes and so far i have created small items but i really wanna try knitting sweaters.. but everytime there is a fear that holds me.. With the instructions being clear and concise it will have a beginner knitting feeling like a professional knitter in no time!!

  2. Victoria Smith permalink
    May 24, 2017 6:18 am

    I’m just have way through a magenta Lush for my 7 year old… First seamless cardi I’ve attempted and I’m a convert. I’ll be casting on one of your jumpers next… Just can’t decide which one and which of my 3 kids to knit it for. Happy decisions x

  3. May 20, 2017 12:10 am

    Cardigans and jumpers for the little ones here, at pre school my son was ‘the one with the nice jumpers’ according to the staff! I love that cardigan and it’s now on my list. 😊

  4. Annie permalink
    May 19, 2017 1:16 pm

    Oh my goodness adorable, and what a great sweater! Any chance The pattern will be adult-size?

  5. Suzanne permalink
    May 16, 2017 7:24 am

    I can’t seem to get into speckles, but can I just say that she is ADORABLE!

  6. May 16, 2017 6:47 am

    I love them! The So Faded is Such a fun and quick knit, even with fingering! I would suggest only to wait for your first fade until after you split for sleeves. I did it before so the round start is in the front of the sweater and it looks funny, even with doing jogless striping 😌. Love all your speckled creations, and I’d almost forgotten about hand-painted!

    • May 16, 2017 11:40 am

      Ugh, if only I had read this comment sooner! Lols. Next one I’ll definitely wait until after the sleeve split

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