Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cardigan for Mia

I finished the hats for the twins! And I asked them if they wanted me to knit something else for them.....Quickly they said YES!  And, of course, I asked what they wanted.  Kya wants another mermaid tail....hmmmmm.....I am not sure I can do that again....I was so relieved when Mia didn't want one and I didn't have to knit I asked:  "Do you use the one I already made?"  It was a huge resounding yes....all four girls agree that Kya really uses the mermaid tail.  Which is better response than I usually get.  There is a part of me that wonders if they will ever wear the hats.  But on this I don't care.  I love the hats! I loved making the hats!  But another mermaid tail?  I just don't know.

Mia said she wanted a sweater.  After some conversation we agreed that she wanted a cardigan.  So this blog post is dedicated to coming up with some ideas for a cardigan that has two main criteria:  I look forward to knitting it and Mia looks forward to wearing it!

Starting place is Ravelry.  I love the cardigan below.  I like that the sleeves are part of the pattern and that they are not full length!  I bought the pattern on Ravelry.  It is called Cove Cardigan by Heidi May.  It is knit on size 8 needles with Worsted weight yarn.  It requires 600 yards of yarn.  The pattern is stored on drop box in kids sweaters

The below sweater is a free pattern at:

It calls for 225 yards of luxury yarn and is knit on size #8 needles.

The next sweater is an old pattern.  I bought it on amazon.  I might not have bought it ahead of time except that I had lots of points and could get it free.  It is being mailed to me in a book.  I'll put a photo of the book below as well.

The next sweater gets chosen because it is EASY!  But the girls might actually like it if it had lots of pretty colors!  I was unable to download the is the site in case I want to try again:

The next sweater is not free and I did not buy it.  

It is called Baby Bias Cardigan and it is accessed on Ravelry.  It calls for fingering yarn held double and #7 needles.  The sweater that is pictured uses sock yarn.  It is in Leisure arts book #5267, Debbie Macomber Blossom Street Collection Book 3.  The largest size is a 4/6.

The below cardigan is one that was made by Mitzi for her granddaughter, Cameron.  The pattern is found on Ravelry and is Turtle Pond by Kirsten Kapur.

The next cardigan is called Coming Home Cardigan by Aimee Alexander.  I did not buy the pattern.  Below is a white version and a bright pink/purple version.

Here it is in bright pink/purple

The next cardigan is called Rainbow Girl Cardigan by Melissa Matthay.  I am not sure that it is available in the right size for Mia, but the idea is very cute with the mohair yarn and the flower buttons.  I did not buy the pattern.
The next cardigan uses EuroBaby Kaleidoscope yarn.  The pattern is in Eurobaby Gift Box Feat book that seems to be available on-line and in a couple of stores in Columbus and Kentucky. Actually I just checked and it available on Ravelry as a download at site:  Layla Cardigan by Jenny Watson.  It calls for 400-600 yards of bulky yarn and six 10 and 11 needles.
The next cardigan is a Plymouth Yarn pattern.  It is called 3080 Girl's Lace Yoke Cardigan Pattern by Jennifer Owens.  It seems that you need to buy the Plymouth Yarn in a store and then download the pattern in the store.  I ended up buying the yarn from Sarah at the Kanawha yarn shop.  It is a nice pattern, but I wasn't wild about the yarn.  Still it will make a nice Christmas sweater.  I didn't finish it in time for Valentines day....imagine that?  so I have put away the yarn, unfinished sweater and pattern in my closet in a large plastic "hold everything" box labelled fall knitting.  I will pull it out in the fall to finish for Christmas....right now I am thinking about those cute santa buttons that I bought many years ago that should be somewhere in the playroom.

It uses bulky yarn on size 10 1/2 needles.  It takes between 500 and 700 yards of yarn.  I see that it is available on Webbs for $5 with purchase of yarn. Kanawha City Yarn shop also carries Plymouth yarn.

Very pretty sweaters on 

Knit By TrineP

The next cardigan has been made by MANY people.  It is called Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  Here are a few of those projects:

Next one is made of Noro Silk Garden

This one above is made with Malabrigo Merino Worsted Stonechat

The above version is made from Collinette Art

Above version is Cambria's Modified Yoked 
Above version is Lizabethian's Yoked Cardigan and is made of Lion Brand's amazing

Next cardigan of interest is a ballet cardigan.  The title that goes with it is #109 Girl's Ballet cardigan.
Below it is shown in Malabrigo Rios Arco Iris

The next cardigan down is called 

Little Girls’ Grandma Jones’ Lacey Top-Down Cardigan

by Susan Adkins  It is available on Ravelry in size 6.  I did not buy it.

Next cardigan is 

Eyelet Baby Cardigan

The pattern is available on revelry.  I did not buy it.

Next cardigan is sleeveless vest.  Largest size is size 5, but I think I could adjust


The next cardigan is called grow as you go by Margaret Radcliffe.  Different sizes are accomplished by using different yarns and different size needles.

Next cardigan...Lovely Knits for Little Girls: 20 Just-Right Patterns, Just for Girls Hardcover – February 21, 2012
by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard (Author)
I bought the book of patterns on Amazon...had points, so it was free:

The next is a summer pattern that I could use up cotton yarn.  It is called Sandnes 0904-16. It is available in English at
  • Sandnes 0904-16

I like the next three color cardigan.  The largest size is 6.  It is called;  Neapolitan
by Deb Gemmell  The Pattern is available on ravelry.  I did not buy it.  The nice thing about this pattern is that the right color is always handy because of the three colors.  It calls for size 4 needles and a thousand yards for size 6.

The next sweater is another Plymouth Yarn cardigan.
It is called 3126 Girl's Short Sleeve Cardi
by Vanessa Ewing.  It is knit in Plymouth Yarn Encore Dynamo

This pattern is available as an in-store Ravelry download at participating shops. Call your local yarn shop for Plymouth Yarns and patterns

 I have copied several colorways below.

The first is a sweater that has pattern by Plymouth of:

2649 Baby & Toddler Top Down Cardigan

The second I don't have a skein to show:

Love knitting has a color that is also of interest:

This color is called Emma.  And I did not see a sample knit of it.

Almost finished when I found this cute shrug:

It is made out of Alpaca Sport weight yarn on size 6 needles.


Bonnie Children's Bolero

by Kari-Helene Rane

Sally sent me a link for a darling cardigan that one can make in every size imaginable!  It is called Antler Cardigan by Tin Can Knits and is knit on size 8 needles.  Here is the photo:

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