A wee Austin for the wee ones!

Posted on | February 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’m really excited about finally releasing the wee Austin Hoodie, the baby and child sized companion to the adult Austin I released a year and a half ago.  I knit the 6 month size (in Tart) as a gift for a friend’s new baby and then knit it again in the larger 9 month size (in Cousteau) for Olivia.  It’s my daughter’s first time modeling for me and I think she did a great job.  She managed to not melt down too much while her crazy mom took a ton of photos — although the not-seen-in-the-photos baby wranglers (i.e. my patient fiber husband) may have had something to do with that!

This hoodie is knit at a slightly tighter gauge than its adult counterpart for hardier wear and has an explicit button band (instructions are included for both girls and boys) for practicality. As always with baby and children’s clothing, please do measure the intended recipient to ensure an accurate fit. Babies and children’s bodies vary so much as I’m discovering with Olivia’s commercial clothing. Stuff she’s wearing right now ranges from 6 months to 12 months. I think she even has a pair of pants in the current rotation that’s labeled 18 months! It’s kind of crazy.

To celebrate the beginning of what I hope will be a new line of baby and children’s designs, I’m offering a 20% discount on this pattern for the first 2 weeks of its release. The promotion is good through Monday, February 20th. The wee Austin is the inaugural piece in my Piccoli Tesori line. Piccoli Tesori means little treasures in Italian and tesoro is also a term of endearment. I have more knits in the works for Piccoli Tesori and a new logo for it drawn by my brother, so stay tuned! I hope you’ll want to make my knits for the tesori in your life.

wee Austin
Click button to buy ($5.00 $4.00):

Finished Size: 19½ (21½, 23¼, 24¾, 26½, 28)” to fit 6m (9m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y) with a suggested ease of 2 to 4”. Sample measures 19½”.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash merino wool; 420 yards, 100 grams): Tart, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.
Needles: Size 5 and Size 4 32” circular needles.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; spare US 5 needle for 3-needle BO; buttons — 6 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8); tapestry needle; sewing needle and matching thread.
Gauge: 25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in St st with larger needles. 26½ sts and 34 rows = 4″ in 1×3 rib with larger needles. 25 sts and 38 rows in Double Woven st with smaller needles and two strands of yarn.



7 Responses to “A wee Austin for the wee ones!”

  1. Angela
    February 6th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    So cute!! Lovely details. I think Olivia has a long modeling career ahead of her!

  2. Karen in Tasmania
    February 6th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Just beautiful Connie – your design and the model! I will be a customer for Piccoli Tesori for sure as I just found out I have another grandchild on the way :) I think a wee Austin is a must and thank you for the special price.

  3. karin maag-tanchak
    February 6th, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    I love it!! Soo sweet, and how wonderful to see her…
    I have not written to you in ages and want to offer my congratulations – I love your book, just bought it the other day. I want to make everything in it.
    It has been so cool to see you become so popular over the last several years. Your designs never cease to amaze me, and I’d recognize them everywhere even if they didn’t ahve your name on them. :)
    Much love, and continued success, —
    karin (KarinMT on ravelry)

  4. Steven Lee
    February 7th, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Olivia is so cute! Thanks for the sweater, Connie. It fits perfectly on Amity :)

  5. Carol Kumpf Witnwool on Ravelry
    February 8th, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Hi Connie,
    Just bought the Austin for kids to knit for my new grandson. The pictures in the pattern are adorable! I may have trouble following the directions due to being distracted by those adorable shots!
    I happen to have 3 skeins of Mad Tosh Tart and I love the way that color came out in the pattern.
    Carol from Ithaca

  6. Maryse
    February 10th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    I really love the name of your new line! Beautiful little hoodie! The yarn is gorgeous! And the model of course ;-)

  7. Judy
    March 14th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Since my previous post above I have received en email from Connie with the corrections and the sweater is turning out just fine. Luckily I did not have to rip it all out. I apologize for the above post which was made in the midst of my meltdown. It was one I should have slept on before hitting send. I wasn’t even expecting g a reply, bit got one promptly and courteously.

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