One of our new yarns for the Spring/Summer season is Peter Pan Petite Fleur DK. Peter Pan have been around for almost 100 years and are well loved for their yarns and patterns for babies, toddlers and children. Petite Fleur DK is new for 2017 and is an interesting blend of 44% cotton, 28% tencel and 28% acrylic.
While I’m sure we’re very familiar with cotton and acrylic, tencel was a new fibre for me. It turns out that Tencel is produced from regenerated wood cellulose. The wood pulp used comes from sustainably farmed eucalyptus trees that are grown without the need for irrigation or pesticides. The chemicals used to process it are non-toxic and the majority of them are recycled and reused. As a result Tencel is very environmentally friendly and it’s inclusion means that Petite Fleur DK contains over 70% natural fibres.
Petite Fleur DK comes in 5 evocatively named colours; Snowdrop (white), Lily (cream), Peony (pink), Forget me Not (blue) and Lambs’ Ear (grey).
The inclusion of Tencel allows for an incredibly generous meterage of 175m/191yds per 50g ball and with an attractive price point of £3.50 makes it an affordable choice. It can also be machine washed at 30 making it practical too.
The yarn is incredibly soft and has a lightly brushed finish making it fluffy without it shedding while knitting or wearing.
There is a supporting range of 8 patterns that are available as individual leaflets at £3 each. There is also a pattern booklet containing all 8 plus an additional swaddle blanket and bolero set for just £7.50.
There are two blankets. One is made up of crocheted flower motifs and finishes at a generous 110cm square. The pattern also includes a pair of crocheted booties.
The knitted blanket finishes at 68cm square, perfect for in a car seat. It is knitted on the bias giving diagonal stripes with a 3D teddy bear peeking out from one corner. Better still, it only uses 5 balls of yarn so can be knitted for under £20.
There are 6. garment patterns, 5 knitted and 1 crocheted. They are, working clockwise from top left:
A crochet hooded cape whichis worked in a relatively simple pattern of double and treble crochet. It fits a 14-24” chest, a generous age range of approximately birth to 4 years.
A simple cardigan with a round or v-neck with optional bow details. It can be worked in 1 or 2 colours and is sized from preemie - 18 months (12-20” chest)
A scoop back sweater with a sideways knit body in age 6 months to 4 years (18-26” chest). There is the option to add stripes to the body or to keep it simple with contrast colour ribbing.
A hooded jacket for age 18 months to 4 years (20-26” chest). This lovely 2 colour design has bags of texture and interest but with only one colour being worked on each row, it is easier to knit than it looks.
A bolero with lace sleeves and a feature bow on the back for girls from 12 months to 4 years (20-26” chest). The pattern also contains instructions for a ruffled muff and lacy hat making it the perfect outfit for a special occasion.
Finally, there is a lace raglan cardigan that can be worked with a round or v-neck and with full length sleeves or no sleeves. It fits sizes from preemie - 2 years (12-22” chest).
You can pick up Peter Pan Petite Fleur DK in store now and get knitting or crocheting for the small people in your life.