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Years later, Sweet Pea Cardigan

As best as I can tell from my blog archives, this little project is almost 6 years in the making! I think I originally started it as a gift for someone expecting a baby girl, but jumped ship when I just couldn’t get the picot-edge front band to look nice, no matter what I tried. I think the problem was mine alone, as there are plenty of perfectly flat picot bands on Ravelry – I’m not sure what happened!

Before

Years later, with a little girl of my own, I finally found the impetus to finish the project, once and for all.

After

I ended up taking out the picot-edge band entirely, and instead knitting an attached i-cord, leaving a few stitches free for the buttons. I used the Silverfox Bonnet pattern for the i-cord directions – very clear, and very simple to skip some stitches for the buttonhole openings.

The pattern left a purl space for sewing on ribbons, but sewing seemed so tedious to me after 5.5 years. So, I just wove through one ribbon to fill that space; it was very simple, and got the job done.

After all was said and done, there are still a few fit issues. The sweater is pretty snug across the chest because I took out the picot band, which would have added a good 2″ or so. The sleeves are very boxy for even toddler sausage arms. The hood is huge – huge on the wearer’s head, and heavy enough to weigh down the sweater in the back.

 

But she sure looks cute wearing it, right?!?

Pattern: Sweet Pea Cardigan from 60 Quick Baby Knits (I wrote a review of this book 6 years ago, if you’re interested!). I couldn’t find my original notes from this project, so I don’t know what size I knit.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage, a yarn I love to use for kids’ knits. I used about 2.5 skeins for this project, in the colorway wasabi, which appears to be discontinued now.

Needles and Finished Dimensions: I’m pretty sure I used US 7 needles, because I got my standard Berroco Vintage gauge of 5 spi and 7 rpi. The sweater is: 21? chest circumference, 8.5? sleeve length to underarm, and 13.25? shoulder to hem.

Granny’s Favourite, with Pockets!

I have a backlog of FOs to document, and the only way to fix that problem is to just write about them, and quickly and efficiently as I can :).

First, up:

PatternGranny’s Favourite Cardigan, by Georgie Nicolson. I knit the 21″ size, and it fits my 2 year, 5 month old nicely, but not for much longer.

This pattern has been around for a while, and I just loved every FO I’ve seen so far, so it was time to give it a try. It’s a well-written pattern with many sizes, though I found some inconsistencies in the directions. For example, most of the time the “fit actual chest measurement” is used to denote the specific size, but some of the charts refer to the different sizes by age instead.

For buttonholes, I used the “reinforced eyelet” from Montse Stanley, which is excellent, but I wish I had placed the buttonholes a little further in from the edge. The buttonholes opened up a bit with wear, and I eventually replaced the heart buttons I originally chose with slightly larger round buttons.

Yarn: Araucania Ulmo 100% cotton, color #752, 2 skeins used almost in their entirety (about 380 yards). The two skeins were different enough that I needed to alternate skeins (as I’ve had to do when I used this yarn in the past).

I played a little “yardage chicken” with this pattern, because I both wanted to add pockets, and make the sleeves as long as possible. This pattern is great for that kind of “fun” game because it’s knit from the top down! I originally thought I’d only have enough yarn for a short-sleeved sweater, so I’m pleased I was able to get almost full-length sleeves out of only 200 grams of yarn!

Needles and Finished Dimensions: Using US 6 needles, my gauge was about 5.5 stitches per inch, 8 rows per inch. The sweater is: 23″ chest circumference, 5.5″ sleeve length to underarm (about 3/4 length sleeves), and 13.5″ shoulder to hem.