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Free Pattern from Kelbourne Woolens and The Fibre Company: The Fiddlehead Pullover

The Fiddlehead Pullover from Kelborne Woolens is one of the sweetest and most classic baby sweaters we've seen in a long time. It was designed by the creative minds at Kelborne Woolens and we're happy to share it with you exclusively and for free here on The Purl Bee!

This sweater is made from The Fibre Company's amazing yarn Canopy Fingering which is a soft and silky blend of bamboo, alpaca and merino that knits up into an wonderful soft and smooth fabric (the sweater above is knit in the color Fern). Canopy Fingering comes in a pretty palette of nature inspired neutrals which perfectly highlight the subtle details of this adorable vintage style sweater. We love its simple shaping and pretty details, its cute shoulder buttons and faux cable accents. It's such a quintessential little piece, the kind of sweater you can imagine passing down for generations and becoming even softer and more loved as the years go by.

Kelbourne Woolens is the distributer of one of our favorite yarns, the British based Fibre Company. The Fibre Company specializes in artisianal natural yarns like Canopy Fingering. It's no surprise then that the ladies at Kelbourne Woolens chose to name this sweater after something in nature! Fiddleheads are the young, uncurled new growth of the fern plant and are reminiscent of the little mock cables that decorate the sweater. Plus fiddleheads reminded us of the little human sprouts in our lives! If you'd like to make one for your little sprout here's what you'll need:

During the month of November Kelbourne Woolens is hosting a giveaway on The Purl Bee.  You can enter to win the yarn for The Fiddlehead Pullover or two other great Kellborne Woolen patterns! Click here to find out how to enter.  And for even more inspiration, Kelbourne Woolens has a great website where they have a whole bunch of beautiful, free patterns!

Reader Comments (25)

What an adorable sweater! I wish I had a baby in my life to knit it for!
November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith
Beautiful! Perfect for my little one!
November 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbecca l.
Heck, forget babies.... how do I change the pattern so it will fit me? It's a beautiful pattern!
November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMary
Oh, that is SO pretty. I've only JUST started knitting (all I've made so far is A Thing: too short and wide to be a scarf, too long and narrow to be a blankie), but this sort of thing encourages me to keep at it.
November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSwistle
Hey, that's not a bad idea...
Canopy Worsted!
November 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney K.
That is JUST adorable - all my little ones are, well, not so little anymore!!

November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
That sweater is darling. I wish I wasn't in short attention span mode. Winter is my time for short projects and quick completion; An hour at the most. XD
I would like to do something like this someday. It's on my wish list.
November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
This is so special I had hoped I could knit one for me!
Much to my disappointment it is for a baby and all my babies are grown.
Is there a way the pattern could be made into an adult size?
November 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarla
Love the baby sweater!! i have no babies to knit for but adore knitting baby things as they go so fast and take a small amount of yarn. so the investment is little and the joy huge!!! i get to try all sortd of beeautiful yarns. can''t wait to try this canopy!!!
Whitney, you are on the hat bandwagon, try Kelbourne's Springtime in Philidelphia. Its fun and oh so beautiful!!!
thanks for all the goodies ladies
November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I agree with some of the others - I'd like to see the pattern adapted for grown-ups!
November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGwen
I love this! It's so precious.
November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
I just found your blog and I love your banner!! It is so perfect!!
November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve
I agree with the others. It is truly a beautiful sweater.
November 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterriotyarn
This pattern is beautiful, but I think I found an error in it. I'm practicing the "body panel" section, and on Row 4 it says "K 34 (38) to the end" - but I'm pretty sure this should be a purl, not a knit.
November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissjulied
Hi Miss Julied,
It looks like you're right. We'll have Kelbourne Woolens check it out and get us an updated pattern. Thanks!!
November 16, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks Purl Bee! I sent Kelbourne an email as well - they also have an error in Rows 3 and 4 of that same section - the middle parts are "backwards" (P should be K and vice-versa). I hope they do a good testing of the whole pattern - I'm a little worried to dig into it now after finding both these errors so easily.
November 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissjulied
We just sent out the updated pattern, sorry for the typo. We did have it test knit and tech edited, so I think those k's and p's just got switched in the typist's hand. You should all be good to go.
(how embarrassing!)
November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney K.
So has anyone completed this sweater? I'm in the middle of it, using Dalegarn's Baby Ull. It's a lovely little pattern, but the front panel seems to pull up a bit. I've eliminated the side seams and am doing it in the round to the armholes.
December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCussot
I think I found a couple more errors in the pattern in the Yoke section:

Row 3 after the first Sl1, K2, psso it should read K1, P1 (instead of P1, K1)
Row 4 after the first P1, yo, P1 it should read P1, K1 (instead of K1, P1)
December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Agree with the errors Kim noted in her December 27 post regarding front yoke. Also, the photo of the top front yoke does not correspond with the knitting instructions for the same. Instructions say to knit center 46 stitches in seed stitch but photo shows only center 32 stiches in seed stitch until neck shaping. I'm going with the photo as it makes more sense.
July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterS.H.S.
I have been making this baby sweater for 36 years as it is in a Bear Brand Baby Book I bought a long time ago. It has always been a favorite. All of my children have had one as well as the babies of many friends and relatives.
March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica
I am knitting this for my new niece.. I'm having a little trouble with the sleeves. I am making the smaller size, and by increasing 1 stitch every 12th row and repeating 3 times, I will end up with 57 stitches, not 60 as per pattern. Have I missed something?
July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli
Since the yarn suggested is no longer available, do you have some other options that would work well for this? TIA. Lovely little sweater!
December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hi Sarah-

Any Fingering weight yarn would work! You can see our selection here:[]=3

Thank you!

December 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi I live in Australia and I made this from Patons Dreamtime 4ply in almost the same colour, my grandson looks just delicious in it. Thank you
April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue Fogarty

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