Another new pattern! I worked on a lot of things over the past few months, but the knitting and writing part is always easier for me to do than the photography and layout part. So, right now I've got a backlog of nearly-finished patterns I'm working through -- but this is one of my favorites, and I really wanted to get it up in time for fall and winter knitting.
The Runaround Raglan is knit from the top-down, with mirrored cables running along the inside of the raglan increases and down the sides of the body. The pattern includes instructions for both a cardigan version and a pullover version, so you can go with whatever floats your boat. There are four size options, ranging from a 22" to a 30" chest measurement, which I think will cover a pretty wide range of kids; definitely most one- to five-year-olds. Since it's top-down, you can easily make adjustments to the sleeve length and body length to fit.
The pattern calls for Berroco Ultra Alpaca, which is really warm and soft, and comes in a wide range of great colors -- but you could use any worsted-weight yarn you like. I went with more boy-ish colors for the samples I knit because Measure and his friend Jasper were the only models readily available to me, but obviously this would be adorable on little girls as well! (My sister is knitting one for our cousin's daughter in Cascade 220 in a really pretty heathered teal -- we picked out little leather-look buttons to go with it. When she's done, I promise photos.)
Since it's knit from the top down in one piece, there are hardly any ends to weave in. It's a pretty simple knit, and a quick one, too. Each sweater only took a weekend's worth of knitting to make, although I admit I procrastinated a bit when it came to sewing on the buttons for the cardigan!
You can check out more photos on my Flickr page here, and more details on my Ravelry page here. You don't have to be a Ravelry member to purchase the pattern, though -- you can buy it for $5 via PayPal here.