Onomatopoeia childrens pullover - hand knitting pattern
Every time I sit down to design, ideas and images push and pull me along different tangents. This time my inspirations were comic book colors, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … and onomatopoeic words.
I’ve always loved the word onomatopoeia, especially that it’s such a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Pop! Bam! Pow! I think there’s a similarity between onomatopoeia and intarsia colorwork—it takes more work but packs a great visual punch.
Ronald McDonald snuck into my subconscious with his wildly colored and striped clothes to draw the eye, but the stripes and layered colors of Onomatopoeia were really inspired by Sheldon’s wardrobe on The Big Bang Theory. And Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art images were not far from my mind with that exclamation mark on the back either.
Skills required: basic knitting skills, increases/decreases, three-needle bind off, intricate intarsia from chart, knowledge of basic sweater construction, picking up stitches, buttonholes (smallest size), seaming
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch using larger needles
- Illustrated knitting pattern
- Metric and imperial measurements
- 5 sizes 12-24 months, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs
- Intermediate skill level
Materials you need at home:
- Worsted weight yarn
- A 285 (330, 360, 395, 465) yd [265 (305, 335, 365, 425) m]
- B 55 (75, 85, 90, 100) yd [50 (70, 80, 80, 95) m]
- C 90 (220, 245, 255, 270) yd [85 (205, 225, 235,, 250) m]
- D 20 (20, 20, 20, 20) yd [20 (20, 20, 20, 20) m]
- E 50 (70, 90, 100, 120) yd [45 (65, 85, 95, 110) m]
- Two 1⁄2” (13 mm) buttons for 12-24 mo size only
- 3.5 & 4 mm (US 4 & 6) needles
- 5 stitch holders
A Holli Yeoh pattern is sure to offer something to learn, as well as a casually elegant aesthetic. Interesting techniques and clear instructions—developed from years of teaching and pattern writing experience—ensure a rewarding knit with beautiful results. Her work has appeared in industry leading publications including Vogue Knitting, Interweave Press, and Amirisu, as well as in her website (holli yeoh.com) and in her book Tempest, published in collaboration with SweetGeorgia Yarns.