Each time we do a book event for Drop Dead Easy Knits, the Polliwog Popover is one of the samples that everyone loves. For good reason, this sweet baby sweater is a breeze to knit and who can resist an adorable baby in a hand knit?
Mary Lou Egan’s design not only looks good, but is designed to fit well, with overlapping shoulders so the neck isn’t too tight to squeeze over baby’s head. The design is smart and simple in it’s construction, making it a pattern you will turn to again and again.
Knit all in one piece, the Polliwog Popover begins at the bottom edge, where it is worked in the round up to the armholes. Next the stitches are divided in two and the front and back yokes are worked separately in 1×1 ribbing. Once the yoke is complete, stitches are picked up around the armholes and the adorably striped sleeves are worked downward from there.
One of the things I like the best about Polliwog is the potential of this pattern. Between the striped elements and the yoke there are endless options for creating a combination that is uniquely your own. Here’s a version that uses three colors, where the yoke contrasts with the stripes.
And what about a cute version where only the sleeves have stripes?
Or make body stripes that match the yoke and sleeves in a contrast.
Or get playful and mix up the stripes and create mismatched sleeves.
Try one of these, or come up with your own twist on Polliwog. Your imagination is the limit. As for myself, I could do this all day. If only I didn’t have a long to do list for today.
If you decide to put your own twist on Polliwog we’d love to see your version. Just shoot Mary Lou, Gale, or I a Ravelry message, send an email, or tag one of us on Instagram (mlegandesign, galezucker, throughtheloops).