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Featured Pattern - Baby Sand Dollar

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Welcome new followers! If you aren't new, you might already know that I started this little website because I was planning to take a chunk of time off from my day job, and wanted to explore options that might allow me to spend a little less time at work, and do something that I'm really excited about.

Of course, motherhood then became my passion and occupation, so designing had to take a little bit of a back seat, although I have kept at it as much as I can. I recently learned that I am able to extend my time off for a few more months, and now that my baby is a little older, I've been thinking a lot about what I really want from this project.

I want people to enjoy my patterns. That's really it.

Designing patterns is a lot of work, and writing them takes a lot of my time, and an investment on my part, too. I pay for this website, for promotional materials like business cards and giveaways, invest in classes, books, and tools. The biggest expenses are the ones that I really can't skimp on - yarn and technical editing. In order to fulfill my biggest goal, and keep it affordable, I've decided to try a new model. I'm going to start sharing patterns for free and allow advertisers to subsidize the costs. My patterns will remain available for purchase, ad-free, in my Payhip shop.

I'd like to start by sharing my very first professionally written pattern and one that is very dear to me - it's the one that started it all. It was inspired by my baby while she was still just a little bun in the oven. My sample is 12 month size, which means it should finally fit her soon - I can't wait to do a little photo shoot. This pattern has also been written in adult sizes which will make for a super cute mommy & mini set. I will be sure to get photos of this as well! The adult pattern is the Ocean City Pullover, available from Interweave, here.

A blonde toddler models a cream mesh pullover with sand dollar lace motif across the hips
Baby Sand Dollar Sweater

Purchase the ad-free PDF here on Payhip

Needles :

- US size 6/4mm 16”/40cm circular needle.

- US size 6/4mm DPNs.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay (DK weight, 50% cotton/50% merino wool; 262yds/240m per 3.5oz/100g skein); Sample uses colour #17 “Dew”.

Estimated yardage: 317yds/290metres [496yds/454metres, 613yds/561metres]

Gauge: 22 sts/25 rows in the round = 4”/10cm square in Mesh Stitch using US 6/4.0mm needles after blocking.

22 sts/28 rows worked flat = 4”/10cm square in Stockinette Stitch using US 6/4.0mm needles after blocking.

Other Notions: 4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders or waste yarn, darning needle for finishing.

Sizes: 12 month [18 month, 24 month]

Final Measurements:

1. Collar circumference: 13.75”/34cm [15.25”/38cm,


2. Underarm to hem: 7.5”/19cm [8”/20cm, 8.5”/21.5cm]

3. Wrist circumference: 5.5”/14cm [6.5”/16.5cm,


4. Chest circumference: 22”/56cm [24”/61cm, 26”/66cm]

5. Underarm to wrist: 8”/20cm [8”/20cm, 8.5”/21.5cm]

6. Armhole depth: 3.75”/9.5cm [4”/10cm, 4.25”/11cm]


● BO - bind off