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May 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Pondemonium by Jen Small

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May 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Pondemonium by Jen Small
Pondemonium Front   Pondemonium Detail   Pondemonium Back
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This little Fair Isle pullover is chock full of a kid's favorite creatures. Inspired by the children's song "The Little White Duck", you'll find ducks, frogs, bugs and snakes floating in the water, separated by rows of lily pads. The palette is sophisticated Rowan colors, and the sweater is finished with special lily pad elbow patches and "pond ripple" cuffs for maximum cuteness. The fit is loose and comfy, with a tunic style for easy on and off, and a stretchy funnel neck. Featuring a yarn that's a blend of wool and cotton, it's the perfect layer for spring weather.

This sweater is a great introduction to stranded colorwork, for knitters wishing to expand their range. Each row of the pattern features only two colors - the rest of the details are added with embroidery. It's done in DK weight yarn, so there's no tiny needles to contend with. The sleeves are knit in plain stockinette, so there's no floats to catch little fingers. And the sweater itself has no seaming or finishing after the fact - it's knit in the round to the armholes, then uses a three needle bind off for the shoulders. The collar and sleeves are picked up and knit, so when you're done, you're done!

Photo credit [Alec Small - Model/Tim Musho ( - Photographer]
About the Designer
May 2007 Pattern Contest Winner - Jen Small Jen Small is a designer who loves the challenge of creating stories in knitwear. She began knitting 3 years ago, and immediately began creating her own designs as she made hats for her friends' babies. She is the author of the Pink Bunny Hat in Stitch n Bitch Nation, and is excited to be creating clothes for her own son now.
To read more about her adventures in knitting and other arts and crafts, visit her blog at
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  • Baby: 6 [12, 18] months (shown in 18 month size)
  • Rowan Wool Cotton [50% merino wool, 50% cotton; 124 yds per 50g ball], except where otherwise noted;
 2 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton
  • MC [MC] Clear (941)

1 ball each of Rowan Wool Cotton
  • CC1 [CC1] French Navy (909)
  • CC2 [CC2] Poster Blue (948)
  • CC3 [CC3] Aloof (958)*

Small amount of Rowan Wool Cotton
  • CC4 [CC4] Deepest Olive (907)
  • CC5 [CC5] Antique (900)
  • CC6 [CC6] Cashsoft DK RYC Lime (509)*
  • CC7 [CC7] Inky (908)
  • CC8 [CC8] Rich (911)*
  • CC9 [CC9] Pumpkin (962)

NOTE: Since small amounts of CC4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are used, feel free to substitute any DK weight yarn from your stash. Make sure it has some wool content and is somewhat elastic and springy, so that the colorwork looks good and stretches well.

*(Editor's note: The sample was knit with Rowan Wool Cotton colors that JBW does not currently stock, or colors that are now discontinued. I have suggested substitute colors in this list)
  • 22 sts/28 rows = 4" in fair isle pattern
  • Chest Circumference: 24 [25, 26] inches
  • Body Length: 11.5 [13, 14] inches
  • Sleeve Length: 6 [6.5, 7.5] inches

Pondemonium Schematic
Pattern Notes

The body is knitted in the round through most of the chart. However, when you divide for the armholes, you will be doing some rows of stranded color work back and forth. Hang in there, it will only be for an inch or two!

There is a separate chart for each size: the 6 month, the 12 month, and the 18 month charts. Click on the chart name to see a popup window with the full image. They're designed so that you end up with 6 repeats of the pattern worked evenly around the sweater, no matter what size you're making.

For a great guide on stranded colorwork, check out Nanette Blanchard's Stranded Color Knitting, which is available for download from her website. Her booklet takes the fear and guesswork out of color work, from how to hold the yarn to how to maintain good tension, to how to securely weave in ends.

Here is the popup window with the full embroidery chart image. The chart features French knots and satin or backstitch. Make sure that you don't pull the yarn too tight between each bit of embroidery - and weave the embroidery yarn through the strands in the back every 3 or 4 stitches, so you don't have any long floats.

We hope you enjoy this free knitting pattern. This free pattern and the associated photographs are only for personal non-commercial use and are not for resale.
As a winner of our pattern contest, Jen has agreed to the following: "By submitting a pattern to the Jimmy Beans pattern contest I certify that I am the sole creator of the work and that I have not violated the intellectual property rights of any other person in creating this pattern. This notice will serve as my written permission to allow my pattern, if selected as the winner, to be used exclusively by Jimmy Beans Wool in advertising and online. Note: Jimmy Beans Wool accepts no liability for submissions which prove to be un-original by the designer."
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