What I found about yarn for baby & kid's sweater / 赤ちゃん・子どもセーターの毛糸について思ったことsteemCreated with Sketch.

in needleworkmonday •  6 months ago  (edited)

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I am proof knitting a long lasting baby/kid's sweater in my mind to make a pattern in the near future (hopefully!).

This time I picked 100% wool yarn for 4.5-5.5mm needles. It is a bit thicker than the one I used for my daughter's first sweater, which she wears three winters and inspired me to make the pattern. Yes, I'm happy to see the sweater lasts so long and I would like to share this happy feeling :)

I picked the thicker yarn because it may be easier for beginners to finish a piece quickly. But I found my hypotheses is not 100% right. The sweater I'm proof knitting now is more for deep winter. It may be chunky for spring and autumn.

To knit a sweater for multi seasons, I recommend you to use a lighter yarn. Needle size wise it should be 4.0-4.5mm. Like the following one:

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https://www.wolle-roedel.com/rico-design-essentials-merino-print-dk-50g?number=3066973

The yarn above is the one I used for my daughter's sweater two years ago (during crypto bubble!).

Recently I was happy to find it's still sold at a shop and also online.

So here is my conclusion. Yarn for needle size ...

  • 4.0-4.5mm: three seasons sweater (with cotton yarn, it can be a summer sweater)
  • 4.5-5.5mm: winter sweater

Talking about material, I like to use 100% wool yarn or those with other natural materials. Good for skin and also good for the environment.

You may worry about pilling, but if you select a right yarn, it won't be a big problem. My daughter's has some. I just remove them time by time and the sweater looks fine :)

Ya, there are still a lot to learn. But I'm excited to make my first pattern after knitting for many years!


長くきられる赤ちゃん・子どもセーターのパターンを作ろうとしています。3年前の今頃編んだセーターを子どもは未だに着ていて、自分が作った服が一番長持ちしているというのはとてもうれしく、この気持ちをみんなとシェアしたいなと思って。

試し編みには、子どものセーターを作った毛糸よりも少し太めの毛糸を使っています。というのも、太めの毛糸だと早く編み上げられるので、初心者の人もモチベーションを失わずいいかなと思ったからです。・・・が、4.5mm-5.5mmくらいの針で編む毛糸を使うと、真冬向きのセーターになりますね。考えていなかった!

春、秋、冬3シーズン着られるセーターにするには4.0-4.5mmの針向けの毛糸を選ぶのがよさそうです。素材としては肌と環境を考えると、ウール100%またはその他の自然素材がよいと思います。子どもはじゃんじゃん汚してくれるので、洗うたびに化学繊維で水を汚染するのは気が引けます。木綿の糸を使うと夏にも着られるセーターまたはカーディガンになりそうです。これも試したいです。

毛玉が心配という人もいるかもしれませんが、毛糸の当たりがいいとほとんど問題になりません。当たりの確率を上げるには、お店でサンプルを見たり、まずは一玉買ってゲージの確認がてら試し編みしてみるのをお勧めします。私は子どものセーターに毛玉が増えてきたなというタイミングで季節に1、2度、動画を見ながらちまちま毛玉を手でとっています。これで三冬問題なく着られています。

編み物は10代かそれ以前に始めて、途中ブランクはあったものの長く続いている趣味の一つですが、まだまだ学ぶことはたくさん。ここにきてようやく自分でパターンを作れるようになるのかな。プログラミングや外国語で最初はコピーから始めるのと似ている気がします。

長持ちする赤ちゃん・子どもセーターのパターン、ライフワークとして取り組めたらと思います。


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Wow thanks c-squared!

This will be an amazing pattern. I love the cable detail and I also love both varieties of yarn (the grey and the brown) both look sophisticated and understated 😍 Perfect to showcase the lovely cable pattern.
And with the needle size: in my view 3,5 - 4,5 are the needles which are the easiest to use. Not too thick which I find exhausting on the wrists and not too small so that’s my fingers cramp. But everybody’s preferences are different :-D
I am looking forward to your pattern 😍

Thank you for the encouraging comment & feedback @neumannsalva! I think my knitting speed is slow and I tend to make a project hibernate when I don’t see the result quickly ... Ja but 3.5-4.5 is ideal when it comes to thickness of a sweater. I’m already looking for thinner yarn on colormart for my next attempt 😆

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