Posted on | August 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
I’m happy that I’m finally getting around to re-visiting and releasing Olivia Petit under my own design line – Connie Chang Chinchio Designs. The release of Olivia Petit also coincides with a brand new logo for the babies and kids’ section of my design line – Piccoli Chinchio – designed by my talented brother. But I’ll write more on that in a separate post.
Olivia Petit was originally published by Quince and Co and uses their Lark yarn — a hearty, yet smooth wool available in a range of gorgeous colors. The yarn doesn’t have an obvious plied look, but instead is plump and round which really shows off textured stitches to great effect.
This particular pattern has a very special place in my heart because it’s one of the first designs I created for my daughter, Olivia. I made it for her in the 9 month size, but she wore it for a good 4 months that winter. It’s a classic design that’s just special enough for the holidays — with a plain, double breasted front dressed up with glazed, candy-like buttons and an A-line shape punctuated with a textured flower motif in the back.
It’s one of the few designs that sprung to my head completely formed — yarn, buttons, color, shape. Worked from the top down and completely in one-piece, finishing on this is super simple. Moreover, the yarn weight (worsted) is quite popular, so substitutions would be easy. It would be equally lovely in a nearly solid handdyed yarn or a rustic, tweedy wool. Because there is some simultaneous shaping involved (the neck shaping and raglan shaping are worked at the same time), you have to pay attention at first. But once the pattern is established, it just sails along. I hope you’ll find it as fun to knit as I did.
Links to purchase the pattern are at the end of the post.
Finished Size: 18¾ (21, 22½, 24¾, 26¼, 28½)” bust circumference to fit 6m (9m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y) with a suggested ease of 1 to 4″. Samples measures 21”.
Yarn: Quince and Co. Lark (100% American wool; 134 yards (123 meters)/50 grams); 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) skeins Petal.
Needles: Body and sleeves – US size 6 circular needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch markers; stitch holders; 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) x 1/2″ buttons.
Gauge: 21 sts and 31 rows = 4” in Stockinette.