Knitted jumper with collar, 2 button opening and Fair Isle band

Polo shirt (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Bk 3) with Fair Isle banding

I first knitted this little jumper here from a Debbie Bliss pattern. She calls it a polo shirt and though I can see why – collar, placket, knitted rather than woven, it doesn’t seen quite right to so call it when the yarn is wool and a less than fine ply.  Knitted for 12-18 months I thought my granddaughter might be glad of it during summer, especially in the Lake District where her other grandparents live but the weather – even in the Lakes – continues hot, hot, hot and no one’s worn anything like a jumper for almost a couple of months. My previous post shows samples I tried out before deciding on the Fair Isle band.

Polo shirt (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Bk 3) with Fair Isle banding

I’m in London this week while daughter No 1 is away on an assignment. Friday was my grandson’s last day at nursery school which was oddly affecting as we took stock of how far he’d come from his first days at the school. (Daughter No 1 came back for his concert and lunch with his friends and their families.) When he started school, he just went in the afternoon which unfortunately coincided with his afternoon nap. Usually he’d fall asleep in his buggy minutes before we got to school and I’d have to sit in the corridor for about 15 minutes with him on my knee until he’d suddenly wake up, sit bolt upright, slither off my knee and disappear into his classroom. We had the usual – unnecessary – worries about friendships and about getting out of nappies (oh what a long time ago that now seems!) and we hoped he wouldn’t repeat an unfortunate incident at open day when a rolling pin set  out with the play dough made unfortunate contact with a liitle girl’s head (there was no repeat, nor anything similar – thank goodness..) Now he’s confident, considerate, bright and ready for the next stage in his education, which is all we could wish for. How quickly those 21 months have flown by!

Polo shirt (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Bk 3) with Fair Isle banding: detail of collar

Polo shirt in action (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Bk 3) with Fair Isle banding:



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  1. Posted July 15, 2018 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    It hasn’t really been sweater weather at all, has it! All that effort, and such a delightful effect… Should I hope for the weather to break?

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      No definitely not Rachel! Though the odd thunderstorm every other evening would be perfect. The small one is quite lean, so I think the jumper will fit beyond 18 months.

  2. Amara Bray
    Posted July 16, 2018 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    I teach in the nursery in my church, and I love your description of how your grandson would act and has matured. We see such a difference between our 18 month olds and 3 year olds. I love watching their progress.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      That’s interesting Amara. I notice so much more about the development of my grandchildren than I think I ever did with my own children. Perhaps a bit of distance, like being a teacher or a close relative enables one to have a clearer perspective.

  3. Juliette
    Posted July 24, 2018 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Precious little girl.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted July 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Juliette. She is.

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