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Onomatopoeia knitting pattern designed by Holli Yeoh

Onomatopoeia

Every time I sit down to design, ideas and images push and pull me along different tangents. This time my inspirations were comic book colors, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … and onomatopoeic words.

I’ve always loved the word onomatopoeia, especially that it’s such a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Pop! Bam! Pow! I think there’s a similarity between onomatopoeia and intarsia colorwork—it takes more work but packs a great visual punch.

Ronald McDonald snuck into my subconscious with his wildly colored and striped clothes to draw the eye, but the stripes and layered colors of Onomatopoeia were really inspired by Sheldon’s wardrobe on The Big Bang Theory. And Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art images were not far from my mind with that exclamation mark on the back either.

First published in Petite Purls Issue 15 Little Heroes 2013

Yarn

Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) [sample knit in Spud and Chloe]
Skydiver (A) 285 (330, 360, 395, 465) yd [265 (305, 335, 365, 425) m]
Splash (B) 55 (75, 85, 90, 100) yd [50 (70, 80, 80, 95) m]
Firecracker (C) 90 (220, 245, 255, 270) yd [85 (205, 225, 235, 250) m]
Pollen (D) 20 (20, 20, 20, 20) yd [20 (20, 20, 20, 20) m]
Root Beer (E) 50 (70, 90, 100, 120) yd [45 (65, 85, 95, 110) m]

Needles

3.5 & 4 mm / US 4 & 6

Gauge

18 sts and 26 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch using larger needles

Size/Finished Measurements

Sizes available: 12-24 months (2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs)
Finished chest: 26 ¼ (27, 28, 29 ¾, 31 ½)"
Length: 14 (15, 15 ¾, 16 ½, 18)"
Sleeve Length: 8 ¼ (12, 12 ½, 13, 13 ¾)"

Techniques

Basic knitting skills, increases/decreases, three-needle bind off, intricate intarsia from chart, knowledge of basic sweater construction, picking up stitches, buttonholes (smallest size), seaming.

Pattern Support/Errata/Tutorials

Tutorial: Raised Increases