Preppy Cardigan

This one came out super cute! Simple, classic, but also very practical. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll keep it for Gregory, or give it to one of the babies due this fall/winter.

Pattern: Preppy Cardigan from 60 Quick Baby Knits (my review here). The pattern in the book is completely incorrect, but I received a corrected copy from the publisher and followed the directions for the smallest size.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage, 2 skeins of 5175 (fennel) and 1 skein of 5101 (mochi). As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn. It blocked beautifully, and the fabric is very soft and squishy. The fennel colorway, in particular, is gorgeous – bright, heathered, and multidimensional.

Needles: US 5 and 7.

Finished dimensions and gauge: 21″ chest circumference, 8″ sleeve length to underarm, 12.5″ shoulder to hem. Similar to the Jasper Diamond Hoodie, this is in the 6-12 months range. My gauge using the larger needles was about 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch of stockinette knitting.

As you can see, I knit this cardigan in the exact same color scheme as presented in the book. The eighth month of pregnancy wiped out my imagination, it seems, haha! So, I wanted to match the buttons, too, but my local fabric store didn’t have any matching green buttons :(. I went with classic horn-looking buttons. I figured they would be okay for a preppy cardigan.

Here’s a finishing tip: when you knit a cardigan with horizontal motifs, such as stripes, make sure to line up these elements on the cardigan fronts before sewing on the buttons, installing the zipper, etc. This small adjustment can make your project look professionally finished!

How about a picture of Gregory to wrap up this post? I can’t believe he is already three months old!


43 thoughts on “Preppy Cardigan

  1. Alex

    Love it! If you don’t decide to keep if for Gregory, at least snap a few pictures of him in it. I bet he’d look so adorable!

  2. sue

    What a great little cardigan. Boo about the pattern not being correct as I bought this book a few months ago now so will have to look up for erratas if I want to knit anything from it. Your little boy is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Debbie

    The cardigan is indeed preppy, and your little man is adorable. Sometimes a good color combination is worth repeating, I wouldn’t call it a lack of creativity at all.

  4. Jo

    like all the other commenters, I can’t get over how cute and charming your little guy is! I think he needs the sweater. Hugs to both of you, Jo

  5. Debbie

    He is sooooo darned cute!! We need more pix of the little tyke, we LOVE babies! and the sweater is sharp looking too

  6. Paul Purl

    I had to come out of lurking to say “What a beautiful, giggly Gregory!” 3 months already? Wow.

    And, of course, the cardigan: beautiful as always.

  7. Phyllis

    Gregory is the cutest boy baby ever! Just so you know, my granddaughter is the cutest girl baby ever! How odd that we should kinda know each other——-.

  8. Lois B

    Another very professional looking sweater. I love it! It’s so adorable. What a happy little boy. You are blessed.

  9. Sara

    Showing off baby is always an appropriate end for a post. I love that sweater. It’s almost like a letter jacket! Love seeing things for boys (as a sometimes frustrated knitting mosther of 2 of them–do people who knit or sew tend to have girls or something?)

  10. Karen Lauterwasser

    HI! Just catching up – what a sweet boy! He shares a birthday with my husband and two of our dear friends (one of whom is a world famous quilt artist) and shares his name with my younger son. He definitely takes on the world with some great karma – not to mention phenomenal parents and a closet full of beautiful hand knits!

    When my first was born, I had time to make him a few things. Second child received one or two; children number three and four had no hand knits to speak of, since I had run out of free hands by then. Now that they are all older and past the constant hand holding stage (which I do miss!) I get to knit more things, and sometimes they even commission knitted things. Something to look forward to.


  11. Kate

    My goodness, he’s just getting cuter isn’t he? (keep the sweater for him– imagine how cute he’ll look at the Harvard Sq farmer market in a collegiate style sweater? adorable!!!!)

  12. Seanna Lea

    Your boy is so adorable. I think you should keep it for him, and given how long baby things fit you can give it to someone else at the end so it can continue to be loved.

  13. Elaine

    OMG! He is just simply adorable! LOVE him! and the sweater is very nice also. I’d keep it for him….. unless, of course, he’d rather have it done in Hahvahd Crimson…..

  14. June

    Oh, a goo goo googly goo, a baby… Hello, baby! Look at your chubby little feet! Your twinkly eyes!

    What, huh, did you say something about a sweater?

  15. Allison

    Gregory is the cutest! And so is the sweater, but I can’t stop staring at the picture of Gregory-I want to pinch his adorably chubby cheeks 😉

  16. technikat

    Gregory is so very cute! I’m sure you are enjoying your time with him. The preppy sweater

    is very nice. I think it would suit Gregory perfectly.

  17. margaux

    lovely cardigan! Glad they corrected the pattern in the book, too. AND I can’t get enough of your cutie. lovely cardigan! Glad they corrected the pattern in the book, too. AND I can’t get enough of your cutie. <3

  18. Mary K. in Rockport

    Figured you wouldn’t stay away for TOO long, not when you have such a bundle of snugglableness to show us.

  19. Kathy

    Is he just the dearest, cutest, happiest little soul or WHAT? I hope you are having a GREAT time being a new mommy. There’s just nothing like the expansion of your heart to a size you can hardly bear or believe! Precious days – even with the lack of sleep!

  20. Amy S.

    Ohmygosh, the cuteness, the cuteness! I’m going to swoon.

    (The sweater’s pretty nice, too. Impressive that you can focus enough to finish any knits, even mini ones.)

  21. Bethany

    I love the color combo of that sweater! I’ve got to get myself a copy of that book. And your little guy’s smile is making my ovaries hurt. I have a quick question, though – I don’t have kids of my own and don’t have access to very wee ones for trying on knits, so will a baby’s arms really fit through sleeves that narrow? Of the baby sweaters I’ve made, most seem to have wider sleeves, but I’ve never actually seen a baby wearing them to tell if the sleeves are the right size.

  22. Anne

    Gregory… cute cute sweet smile {think he looks like W}. The first year goes by soooo fast. Enjoy each moment. The sweater is beautiful too.

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