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Little Heroes

The new issue of Petite Purls is live and it has a great collection of kids designs all with a super hero theme. I’m delighted to have my Onomatopoeia sweater included in the collection.

Comic books, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … all were inspirations for Onomatopoeia. I’ve always been intrigued by onomatopoetic words and POW! fits the bill.

Onomatopoeia is a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Intarsia colourwork is a bit like that – it takes more work but packs a great visual punch.

Striped sleeves complement the graphics on the front and back. I’ve really been drawn to stripes lately, both wide and narrow. Sheldon’s wardrobe on The Big Bang Theory inspired the striped and layered look in this fun sweater.


If intarsia isn’t your speed, then consider working the chart—in whole or in part—in duplicate stitch. When test knitting the chart, I outlined the letters in duplicate stitch, but the colourwork of the letters was done in intarsia. It was a great compromise.

Other than the chart, the sweater’s a breeze to knit which makes up for the challenging intarsia. You could even get away with just the exclamation point featured on the back!

This was the first time I worked with Spud and Chloë Sweater and it really is the perfect yarn for kids’ garments. It’s soft and comes in great colours and you can’t beat the fact that it can be thrown in the washing machine. As far as colourways for this sweater are concerned, the sky’s the limit! Here are several I was playing with using the Spud and Chloë colour palette.

Petite Purls—Issue 15 * Little Heroes (sadly, the website no longer exists but the pattern is still available through me)
Sizes: 12-24 months, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs (shown in size 3 yrs, modeled on a petite 3 yr old)
Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 26¼ (27, 28, 29¾, 31½) inches
  • Length: 14 (15, 15¾, 16½, 18) inches
  • Sleeve Length: 8¼ (12, 12½, 13, 13¾) inches

Intended to fit with 6 inches positive ease.
Yarn: Spud and Chloë®Sweater (55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards / 146 meters per 100 gram hank)

  •     Skydiver #7520 (A); 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
  •     Splash #7510 (B); 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
  •     Firecracker #7509 (C); 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
  •     Pollen #7508 (D); 1 skein for all sizes
  •     Root Beer #7503 (E); 1 skein for all sizes

Needles: 3.5 and 4 mm (US 4 and 6)

2 thoughts on “Little Heroes”

  1. love this sweater but can’t get pattern thru petite purls. any suggestions? your patterns are amazing!

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