This morning I gave Alice a new cardigan, fresh off the needles. It’s the Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan, a pattern I made for myself last year in the adult version. We were both wearing our cardigans today and I didn’t think to get a photo of us together!
But I did get plenty of Alice wearing hers.
This pattern is written for 6-12 months but is easily adaptable, being top down, which we all know by now means ‘figure it out and please yourself!’. It’s written for 5ply – so I made it in 8ply, upsized the needles to 4mm and that was about it. Didn’t change the stitch count or anything, but I would next time, because this is snug – but it’ll be easily upsized next time.
The yarn is Cleckheaton Country and I used 3.5 balls. The wonderful thing is that this cardigan cost me less than $10. The Country was $2 in a sale at Cassidy’s last year and the buttons were $2 at the Old Bus Depot Markets last weekend. Don’t they look just gorgeous – little red love hearts, for a little love.
I only had to modify the pattern a little to make this the perfect winter cardi. Apart from making it larger by changing the gauge, I made it longer by about 3″ and made the sleeves full length instead of three-quarters. I also tapered the cuffs, because as written, they were wide and floppy and couldn’t you just imagine a 15 month old getting long floppy cuffs completely filthy within 5 minutes of being set down to go on her merry way in whatever fun she decided to have?
I can see several more of these in Alice’s future, with more modifications. Next time I might knit the garter stitch band as I go, or put a lace pattern in the bottom half or, who knows?!
Special thanks Gretchen (or LoveMyClogs on Ravelry) and her three delightful little girls who sang a song about a Bumblebee to Alice in order to get these cheery photos. Great fun!
ps More on this later, but my sister Adele and I have started a shared food blog based on the book and TV series, Food Safari. Adele kicked it off with her first ever blogpost a few days ago. Check it out!