Boys’ knitting roundup #7

In the northern hemisphere at least, we have entered those months when even boys will admit that it’s cold outside. So let’s take a look at some great knitting patterns that have been released recently for boys in the 5–18 age bracket!

I gasped when I saw this next garment: the Gossamer Sweater by Ukrainian designer Natalie Pelykh.


Worked from the top down seamlessly using the contiguous method, this piece should make for a very enjoyable knit, with just enough texture to make a knitter happy. And I love how rich it looks in a hand-dyed semi-solid. The garment comes in a very wide range of well-gradated sizes (from 12 months to 14 years).

Here’s a fun one for the young fantasist in your life: the Bilby hood by Cristina Ghirlanda.


For years, my son has wanted a wolf hood to wear when he’s terrorizing the backyard. Even though this is sized for toddlers through 6-year-olds, it’s knit in fingering weight, so I imagine moving up a yarn weight or two would make this piece large enough for larger noggins.

If you’re looking for a stash buster and are knitting for a kid who likes a good ski hat style, check out Cindy Dell’s Yellowstone Hat pattern.


You can always omit the pompom if Mr. Man is not amenable to such frippery, but I hope for your sake that the recipient is pro-pompom.

Finally, for a quick way to turn boring boots into the Funnest Footwear Ever, check out this great tutorial on the Glamour 4 You blog. With some simple chain stitching, your whole family can have more colorful (and warmer!) boots.


Rivet the Robot

Remember back in March when I told you about working up a robot sweater design concept with a group of knitters on an online “Knitting for Boys” forum?

Well, the pattern is finally ready! It’s Rivet the Robot sweater, and is designed for kids sized 2T-10.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Elizabeth, that’s a hoodie with Dalek arms,” and you’d be right. That’s it’s subtle, incognito look by day.

But look what happens at night:

… super Tron action! The white areas of the sweater are covertly knit in glow-in-the-dark yarn, and those are light-up LED shoelaces tucked into the front “control panel” pocket.  (The LED lights can easily be removed when the sweater needs washing.)

So, you can knit the hoodie for Halloween, and still get a lot of wear out of it during the rest of the year. Go go gadget hoodie!