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Turtle Pond

My newest pattern, Turtle Pond, was originally created as a Christmas gift for my adorable niece.

It is a joy to have a little one in the family again after all these years. She keeps us all smiling with her excitement at discovering the world around her. I named the pattern after Central Park's Turtle Pond, which is not far from her home in upper Manhattan.

Turtle Pond starts with a pretty picot hem, which can be eliminated to create a boy's sweater. From there it is worked in once piece to the underarms. The sleeves also start with a picot hem and are joined to the body before working the yoke.


I chose to design the sweater in Spud & Chloë Sweater because I think it is an ideal yarn for a child's garment. It has a wonderful range of bright colors, is easy to care for, and is very soft to the touch. My niece's size 2 took one skein each of Grass & Turtle.

The pattern comes in children's sizes 2-16. Judging by how quickly my niece is growing these days I'll need to knit another for her very soon.

Turtle Pond

Size: 2 [4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16]

Finished Measurements: 22 [24, 26, 27.5, 29, 31, 32.5, 33.5]” at chest.

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater, 55% wool/45% organic cotton, 160 yds / 146 m per 100 g skein.

Color A #7502 Grass: 1 [2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3] Skeins

Color B: #7514 Turtle, 1 [2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3] skeins

Needles: US 8 (5mm) 32” circular needles or size to obtain gauge
One set US 8 (5mm) dpns or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 16 sts & 22 rows = 4”/10cm stockinette stitch

Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle, scrap yarn, 6 [6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10] 1/2” buttons.

Price: $6.50

Thank you to my wonderful test knitters; Corinne, Katie, Susan, Karen, Dori, & Cathy.


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it's darling! the stripes are kicky and the picot trim gives such a cute extra dimension. of course, your niece is an adorable model :)

I thought for a moment that the buttons were the shape of clouds, but upon closer inspection (and thought!) I realize that the shape is of a turtle. cute!

very nice work, the pattern is so perfect.

This sweater is adorable--and so is the model. That shot of the picot edge...love it!

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