I’ve just finished making another version of Thorgal for my eldest son. My prototype was for his younger brother and I’d promised to make him one too. It’s hot off the needles (so still unblocked). We tried to do a little photo shoot but the boys were a little bit too excited. His brother is also wearing his, so we have matching tops 😉
My latest design, Thorgal, was just released in the Fall 2011 Edition of Petite Purls. The pattern is available on the Petite Purls site for free, make sure to also check the rest of the edition, lots of cute patterns!
Thorgal is inspired by the traditional yoke sweaters but I wanted to make a more modern looking version with texture while following the traditional construction. The name of the sweater comes from the Norse god Thor, as a reference to the Nordic origin of yoke sweaters.
As a mother of boys, I find that there are many more fun knitting patterns for girls than for boys. This is why I wanted the design to be suitable for both boys and girls and I think the color choice will allow to make it boy-ish or girly, as desired.
2 years 4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years, 12 years
Shown in size 2 and 8 years
Recommended needle size
US #8/5 mm circular needle and dpns for sleeves (optional) or size needles needed to obtain gauge
1 stitch marker
Stitch holders or scrap yarn
17 sts and 25 rnds = 4 inches in St st
Last year, I gave the prototype I knit for my Spaceman Nicolino to Nicolas, who gave his name to this pattern. He was a newborn then. His mum liked it so much that she asked if I could knit him one for this winter as the first one is way too small now. So, here it is, modeled by my 6-year old (hopefully it won’t be too big for Nicolas).
This hat reminds me of 1950’s science fiction films and makes me think of a spaceman from that era. I named it Nicolino (which means little Nicolas), because I designed it on the day I heard that my friend had given birth to her little boy, Nicolas.
I designed this little baby hat to use all the odd ends of sock yarn that a lot of us knitters have lying around our houses. I think it would work beautifully with self-striping, plain or variegated yarn or with mixed colours leftovers (there are ideas for this at the end of the pattern).
3-6 months (6-12 months,12-24 months) to fit approx head circumference of 36-41 (41-46, 46-51)cm / 14-16 (16-18, 18-20)”
105 (130, 158) m / 115 (142, 171) yards of 4ply sock yarn or fingering yarn.
2.5mm (US 1 ½) 80cm (32”) circular needle or size 2.5mm (US 1 ½) DPNs
Or needle size needed to obtain gauge
This very simple little beret is perfect to use all the odd ends of sock yarn you have lying around. I designed it with self-striping yarn in mind, but I think it would also work beautifully with plain or variegated yarn and mixed colours leftovers.
It can be finished simply, with a very short
i-cord in traditional beret style, or even with a pompom or a tassel.
137 (206, 252) m / 150 (225, 275) yards of 4ply sock yarn or fingering yarn.
Knitting in the round, Kfb
30 sts and 45 rows = 10cm / 4” in st st
6-12 months (12-24 months, 2-4 years) to fit approx head circumference of 41-46 (46-51, 51-56)cm / 16-18 (18-20, 20-22)”