Pattern: Leksak Lady

Leksak Lady

– a pattern from Yarn-Madness

Available languages: English, Swedish

Sizes available: XS/S/M/L1 (L2/XL/2X/3X)

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6 USD / 39 SEK : 

”Leksak”, meaning ”toy” in Swedish, is a pullover previously available in baby and child sizes. The tunic is now also available in adult sizes – let me introduce you to Leksak Lady!

The whole garment, with an exception for the sleeves, is worked back and forth on the needles, but still manages to be completely seamless. The body is worked from the top down, which makes it easy to adapt to fit as you go. It is then finished off with an unusual and decorative take on the front panel, which is worked sideways.

3/4 sleeves adds warmth without getting in the way, and an optional crochet edging makes it possible to add an extra delicate touch to your garment. A perfect, versatile and playful addition to your wardrobe!


XS/S/M/L1 (L2/XL/2X/3X)

Actual bust circumference of garment:
32/35/37/40 (43/46/49/51) inches, or 80/88/93/100 (108/115/123/128) cm
Some negative ease is recommended – choose a size that is slightly smaller than your own bust circumference.

Required materials:

Worsted weight yarn; approximately
1000/1060/1120/1200 (1300/1400/1500/1600) yards, or 920/970/1020/1100 (1200/1280/1380/1470) meters
Yardage is estimated for the crochet edging option – garter edgings will require less yardage. Please note that yardage can vary a lot between knitters, depending on yarn and gauge.

Not enough yarn? Check out this project for some tips on making a scrap yarn version!

5.5 mm (US 9) circular needle, or size to match gauge
Same size double pointed needles, if not knitting sleeves with magic loop or short circular
Needle for weaving in ends
4 stitch markers
Crochet hook, slightly smaller than gauge needles (optional for crochet edgings)

Required skills:

CO and BO
Knit and purl
Basic increases and decreases
Picking up stitches
Short rows (not essential, but link to photo tutorial of an easy technique is provided)
Optional: Crochet edgings
A photo tutorial with step by step instructions for the crochet edging will be added to the pattern

Quotes from the test knitters of Leksak Lady:

“This is the “Everything Sweater”. Cardigan, pullover and tunic in one deceptively simple package.”

“This is such a flattering and versatile tunic that can be dressed up or down, and will suit everyone, no matter what shape or size they are. This is a true wardrobe staple!”

“This is a wonderful, clearly written pattern that knits up quickly and results in a well fitting, beautiful tunic!”

“It’s a great knit, it’s a perfect mix between being simple enough not to be stuck on it too long and yet intriguing enough to make sure you’re not getting bored. And the result is just marvellous !”

“A wonderfully versatile garment, will wear it with dresses, skirts, pants, jeans, leggings…and a very easy and fast knit, with minimal finishing.”

10 thoughts on “Pattern: Leksak Lady

  1. Kathie Smith says:

    I bought this pattern in the size for boys and girls. I love the tunic without the collar! I really want to make this for my granddaughter but I can not make sense of the directions. Is it all knitted on the circular needles? Do you have any tutorials for this ? Thank you!

    • madeleine says:

      Hello Kathie!
      I’ve just sent out an update with the following walkthrough! 🙂

      Pattern walkthrough:
      The instructions given are for using two colors. If working in one color, ignore instructions about color changes.
      The whole body, from yoke to bottom edging, is worked flat, back and forth on the needles. You start from the top, choosing to work the yoke either with or without the added collar. When finished with the body, you pick up sts for the garter stitch front, joining the two fronts together and also working this section back and forth on the needles. Finally, finish the garment off with sleeves worked in the round, and the optional crochet edging.

  2. Josie Harrison says:

    I am working on the Leksak lady pattern now and am wondering if I have to do the short rows? If I don’t do them, what should I do instead? Thank you. I made the child pattern and it turned out great

    • madeleine says:

      Hello Josie! The short rows are absolutely not necessary, you can just skip them in this design. They do improve the fit a bit, though.

  3. Terry says:

    Wow, thank you so much for making the adult size of this! I’ve made the child size for my granddaughter several times and have been so envious of it! I can’t wait to get started on one of my own – I expect there will be several in the end because I love it so much. Thank you

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