Bitty Beekeeper Sweater by Marie Greene

Bitty Beekeeper Sweater

Knitting
March 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockineette stitch, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
280 - 730 yards (256 - 668 m)
0-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1- 2 yrs, 2 -4 yrs, 4-6 yrs, 6- 8 yrs, 8-10 yrs)
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This pattern is featured in the book Knit a Little by Marie Greene.

I’ve always wanted to be a beekeeper, but my pollinator garden is as close as I’ve managed to get. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’d like to think the neighborhood bees consider it their home away from home.

This sweet, top-down yoke-style sweater features rows of bitty bees on the yoke and lower body, buzzing along on a background of reverse stockinette stitch. It’s knit top-down, seamlessly in the round.

See the grown-up version here: https://www.oliveknits.com/product/beekeeper-cardigan/

Yarn
DK Weight | Sew Happy Jane Delightful DK | 100% superwash merino | 231 yards/ 211 meters in 100 g | 280 (310, 320, 450, 520, 700, 730) yards/ 256 (283, 293, 411, 475, 640, 667) meters

Sizes
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
0-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1- 2 yrs, 2 -4 yrs, 4-6 yrs, 6- 8 yrs, 8-10 yrs)

Finished Measurements
Chest circumference: 20.6 (22.1, 22.9, 25, 26.9, 29, 31.6) in/51.5 (55.25, 57.25, 62.5, 67.25, 72.5, 79) cm
Length of lower body from underarm: 6 (6.5, 7, 8.5, 10, 12, 14) in/15 (16.25, 17.5, 21.25, 25, 30, 35) cm
Sleeve length: 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 11, 12.5, 13.5, 14.5) in/ 16.25 (18.75, 21.25, 27.5, 31.25, 33.75, 36.25) cm
Sleeve Circumference: 7.25 (7.6, 8, 8, 9.1, 9.5, 10.7) in/18.1 (19, 20, 20, 22.9, 23.8, 26.7) cm
Yoke depth (measured from under the ribbing to the underarm): 4.8 (4.9, 5.1, 5.1, 5.9, 6.5, 6.5) in/12 (12, 12.75, 12.75, 14.75, 16.25, 16.25) cm

Needles
US Size 5/3.75mm (12 -24 in/30-60 cm) circular needle – yoke and body (use length that is most comfortable for the size you’re knitting, transition to a longer length as needed)
US Size 5/3.75mm (12 in/30 cm circular needles or DPNs) – sleeves
US Size 4/3.5 mm (12-16 in/30-40 cm) circular needle – neckline
US Size 4/3.5mm (16-24 in/40-60 cm) circular needle – bottom ribbing
US Size 4/3.5mm (DPNs) – sleeve cuffs

Gauge
21 st and 30 rows in 4 in/10 cm with largest needle in reverse stockinette stitch, blocked

Use needle size necessary to achieve gauge. Adjust other needle sizes accordingly.

Notions
Darning needle to weave ends
Stitch markers