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Carbeth Cardigan, preschooler edition

When I saw the lovely Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies, I knew it would be absolutely perfect… for Sonya. She loves cardigans, and she also loves to wear t-shirts in all kinds of (cold) weather, so we have several cardigans in constant rotation all through the winter.

PatternCarbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies. Obviously I altered the sizing a bit, haha! I used one of Sonya’s cardigans to get the overall desired dimensions, then used the Carbeth pattern to get the proportions and directions for construction. It was fairly straightforward to translate the adult pattern to a mini version.

My only complaints about the pattern are: (1) leaving underarm stitches “on hold,” then grafting them later. For me, this never works out as neatly as just binding them off and seaming. And (2), the button band finishing was super fiddly and had a ton of ends, especially compared with the simplicity of the rest of the sweater.

 

 

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky, purchased at WEBS. I had Sonya choose the color! She loved most of the reds and blues, and eventually settled on 6134/Sour Cherry. This cardi used up about 257g/334yd of yarn (a bit under 3 skeins). I love this yarn for both its price tag (this cardi used up about $21 worth of yarn), and easy care. It’s perfect for kids.

Needles and finished dimensions: I used US10 needles for the stockinette portions at a gauge of about 4 spi. I should have gone up a needle size for the sleeves, which are knit in the round, because my gauge was significantly tighter there than back-and-forth knitting. I think gauge differences and imperfections become more noticeable in chunkier yarn.

The finished sweater is: 27″ chest circumference, 9.5″ sleeve length to underarm, and 15″ shoulder to hem. This is about a 4T size, and should fit perfectly next winter, and maybe even the winter after. The buttons are from Joann’s, and look like painted mother of pearl. They are chunky and vintage-y, and very easy for preschooler hands to manage!

Second pair of Little Honeybuns Shorts!


I loved the Little Honeybuns shorts from the Pattern Emporium so much, I made a second pair! (here’s the first)

Everything was pretty much the same as last time, including a similar type of 2-way stretch fabric, lengthening the “play” length by 1″, #love clothing tag, and elastic all the way around, rather than just in the back. I did not do the pot belly adjustment this time around, as the previous pair of shorts came out a bit low. I made size 3 this time,  since the 2s are already a bit snug on Sonya. These are a bit big, but they may continue to shrink a bit with washing.

 

Sonya was very excited to wear her new shorts, but not overly cooperative about taking pictures. That’s OK! I’m certain that she’ll be demanding to wear them very frequently, and I’ll be able to get some better pics soon!

Yes, this Om Shawl is actually an Om Blanket

I first heard of the Om Shawl pattern around Rhinebeck time, when this beautiful one knit by Yarnmonster Jesse was spotted by several friends at the fairgrounds (I wasn’t there, but saw the photographic evidence). A little while later, an occasion came up to knit something blanket-life-ish for a friend, and I thought the Om Shawl would be a great match.

Pattern: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.

Yarn: O-Wool Classic Worsted in Lake ErieWood DoveMustard Seed, and Natural. Lovely yarn that strikes just the right balance between being soft and rustic. It was a delight to knit, the colors worked so nicely together, and I was able to wash it in the washing machine (on gentle)! Even though I used the exact yarn and needles recommended in the pattern, I ran out of the main color and had to buy an additional skein! And I ran out by a lot, not just a few yards! All together, the shawl used up about 1270 yards of yarn.

Needles: US 10.5 for the main portion, and US 11 for the Fair Isle. I read somewhere to size up for the Fair Isle portion and that’s excellent advice. Even with sizing up, this shawl drew in slightly at the Fair Isle sections.

Finished Dimensions: a whopping 30″ by 60″! That’s huge! And the final weight was about 640 grams without buttons, and 750 grams with 19 metal buttons! I knit much of this shawl during our very cold December, and it was very pleasant to have the fabric warming me as I knit.