Those of you new here might be wondering what a kina is? Well it’s just my very favourite knitting pattern. Not sure if this is my 6th one but it’s an easy pattern, once I’m on the home stretch after the sleeves I can just take it anywhere and knit it without needing the pattern and it lasts you a year or two. It goes with everything, you can wear it all year round and it’s just a winner. It never lets me down.
I had always used the baby pattern in the past so this was my first time using the kids pattern and this is the size 6 knit in Bendigo 8 ply cotton (colour is parchment) on 3.75mm needles. A word on the Bendigo cotton is that it’s super soft and lovely to use but it does stretch a bit and although the ball band says 4mm needles I always go down to a 3.75mm. And another hot tip is once you’ve washed it just chuck it in the dryer for a bit which helps with the shape.
Keira is a small 7 year old and it looks cute on her but it does have more drape on tillie who has just turned 5. Perhaps I should have made keira the size 8. I was actually tempted to give it to tillie but keira told me I never knit anything for her so I took that as a sure sign that we’d stick to the original recipient. Photos to come this weekend of her modelling it…
If you’re going to knit one of the bigger kids sizes get ready to put some hours in for the body. I lost a bit of interest and then last week just decided I was going to finish this baby. And I did. Partly because I really wanted the needles and cable to cast on a baby kina.
All up this project cost me about $12 in yarn, it’s perfect for summer, being cotton means it can go in the washer and dryer and will get better with age. So all in all a successful knitting project.