Mi Escuelita

Last year, I was brave enough to submit a design to Knitty for the first time.  I waited at the edge of my seat for weeks before hearing back from Amy that she loved my design but wanted to save it for the Fall issue instead of the Spring issue I’d submitted it for.  FINE BY ME!  :o)

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So now, a little over a year after I took it off the needles, I present to you Mi Escuelita.  Inspired by my beautiful daughter, Rossani aka Little Rosi, I made this cabled sweater for her.  She needed a school sweater to add some color to her boring uniform of navy blue bottoms and white shirts.

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The sweater needed to be quick, easy and comfy for her.  Not to mention the quality had to be good to take the amount of washings a school sweater gets in any given year.

The body of the cardigan is knit in one piece, back and forth to the armholes then set aside.  The sleeves are knit in the round to the armholes on double pointed needles or using the Magic Loop method.  All pieces are then placed on one long circular needle and the yoke is knit.  Buttonbands, buttonhole bands and shawl collar are knit onto the garment later.

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The generous shawl collar acts as a scarf under a jacket or coat to keep her neck nice and toasty.

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I was able to complete her sweater with a day or two to spare before she started 2nd grade last year.  Needless to say, Rossani wore her sweater all year loving how all her friends and teachers always said what a pretty sweater she was wearing and she proudly announced, “My mommy made it for me!!!”  :o)

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Mi Escuelita (My Little School or My Darling School)

  • Source: Knitty, Fall 2009
  • Size: Shown here in size 8 years
  • Yarn: Bollicine Dolly
  • # of skeins: for this size I used a total of 781 yds almost exactly (5.1 skeins of suggested yarn).  For the two largest sizes, you could probably get away with 1 skein less than the suggested amounts.
  • Color: Pink #454
  • Needles: US Size 5
  • Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
  • Cost: $3.83 per skein, $19.53 total for the yarn; $0.75 per button, used 5 = $3.75 – Total cost: $23.28
  • Started: August 29, 2008
  • Finished: September 5, 2008

39 thoughts on “Mi Escuelita”

  1. I love this so much!! It’s exactly what I was searching for today and my daughter is thrilled at the prospect, thanks to your photos. Great work, keep it up!

  2. You have me here screaming like a fool. My boys rushed in the room to see what’s the matter with me.lol I’m so happy and proud of you.

  3. Wow!!! You are VERY talented and the sweater is beautiful. My daughter just started Kindergarten and I have some Malabrigo in my stash….the wheels are turning. I feel the same way about my girls wearing handknits- it’s like hugging them all day long : ) Congratulations- I hope to see more patterns!

  4. Que Fresca!!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting so long to see it. I am so freaken happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am beaming for you! I am sooooo proud of you. Girl, you are blessed with a talent, that not only brings out your love for your craft and your family, but to all who know you, you are an inspiration!!!!!!!!!! I love you hermana!
    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Oh, that is such a sweet sweater. And you made it in 6 days? Do you ever sleep?

    I am thinking of making it for a granddaughter, or possibly two of them for two little 2nd grade twin daughters of a friend.

    congratulations on the sweater, on getting published in Knitty, and on that adorable little model you have there. Good work.

  6. Congrats on the publication, that sweater is adorable.
    The model, well…she’s lovely. She’s going to grow up to be as gorgeous as you are.

  7. Congratulations on getting into Knitty! It’s a really cute sweater, and your daughter is so darling too! Sweet!

  8. Congratulations on your knitty appearance! Love the sweater… now, I need to start looking for girls in my immediate vicinity. I bet there are one or two who would love this sweater.
    No, I’m not excluding the boys… it’s just that all of our friends have girls.

  9. i just saw the sweater on Knitty and just love it. I have 2 granddaughters who LOVE pink and will look almost as cute as your daughter does! thanks for the design. I’d like to receive your blog… where do I sign up? Betsy

  10. I just love this sweater. I started it two weeks ago. I am working on the sleeves now. How did you work the increases and stay in the pattern? I find that tricky when doing 2×2 ribbing.

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