I just want to squeal about how cute this sweater turned out. Having grown up with a family whose hobby is mushroom picking, it was pretty much a given that I would have to design a mushroom knitting pattern at some point. Being that most edible mushrooms aren’t nearly as cute nor recognizable as the classic Amanita Muscarias (and of course, having grown up with Super Mario Bros and having a soft spot in my heart for toadstools) it had to be those cute little red and white speckled caps for this sweater.
This design came to me as naturally as anything. One moment I was wondering what to do next and the next it was, “Oh, well, of course a little red and white raglan with cute little mushrooms on it.” The idea of them popping out of grass at the bottom of the sweater was the added touch that was too cute to resist, and I got started on it almost immediately.
Intarsia charts are so fun to make! I feel so at home when I start to design things with color charts. Maybe it stems from the fact that I was pretty into making pixel art when I was a teenager, or that my mind just thinks better in pictures than it does lace or cables or something. I can see quite a few colorwork projects on the horizon of baby sweaters *holds hand up to forehead, peering out across the imaginary hills made of piles of tiny knit sweaters…*
The best part (for me *cough*) was that I already had all the yarn I needed for this one from past designs left hanging around in my stash. (And there’s nothing I love more than getting rid of yarn in my stash) If you’re making some of the bigger sizes you’ll probably need closer to a full skein of the red and white, but for any size you make you really don’t need all that much green, and literally just a few yards of the beige for the stems. I used some partial skeins of Cascade 220 for the body, a little bit of leftover Spud & Chloe (held double stranded) for the grass, and a tiny bit of Shepherd’s Wool left over from a sweater I’ve been making myself.
The sweater is knit flat in three pieces. The body is knit flat, for the purposes of the intarsia, all in one piece. It has a single seam along the left side. The raglan sleeves are also worked flat and then sewn into place, and the collar & button placket are worked at the end.
A neat trick for smaller blocks of color with intarsia: You can totally make strands (or bobbins) that are just the right size by counting how many stitches you’ll need to make of each little color section in the chart, then doing a backward loop cast on on your needle for that many stitches (leaving a few inches of tail on either side for weaving in). Then just take it off the needle and you have exactly how much you’ll need for that little section of chart. Nifty, eh?
It’s so easy to constantly think, “Yep, new favorite.” With almost every sweater I do with this project, and this is no exception. C’mon, it’s so darn adorable. Little mushrooms, raglan sleeves, buttons…
I can think of at least one baby who will likely be receiving a (slightly bigger) version at some point in the foreseeable future… (shhh! Don’t tell his mom ;))