I know our household is not alone in loving Charlie and Lola. We are avid watchers when it is on the TV, we have some of the books and Amy has been known to spend some quality time on the Charlie and Lola fun and games website playing dress ups and painting butterflies.
And I love the way the characters dress - particularly Charlie with his raglan sleeve tops and jumpers in contrast colours. I've always loved the raglan construction.
So when I was test knitting the new pattern in the biggest size I decided to try out the Charlie colour style. While I do like the orange and red combo he wears the best, I didn't happen to have those colours on hand so I went with the blue and green instead. I think these are really better suited to Wil anyway.
And I must say, I am mighty pleased! Aside from the logistics of keeping all 5 sets of yarn balls from getting confused while I was doing the yoke, and remembering to wrap the colours at each change so I didn't get holes, it was a breeze to knit. And the size is perfect for Wil. He's a pretty skinny little lad at 27 months, so even in the 24 month size he could do to have the torso a bit slimmer - I think if I was doing it for him again I might leave a few stitches out of the back section.
I think the popper tape works really well and seems to be sturdy enough for even Wil's shenanigans.
And since I'm so pleased, and because 4 people bought the new pattern within hours of me uploading it (!), I'm going to celebrate by giving away a free copy of the pattern. Just leave a comment here in the next week and I'll be drawing a random number with the help of my young assistants. Make sure you leave your email address - and please only go in the drawer if you intend to knit it.