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Erika’s Cardigan

This was another “tester” of a cardigan – testing out to see whether I liked it or not – which I ended up falling completely in love with! Here she is in her little cardi, and showing off her gorgeous wee Liberty trousers made by Monkeymoo Designs. Aren’t they pretty!

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The yoke is a simple curved yoke (I learned how to do cardigan yokes from this pattern), and the body of the cardigan was inspired by this stunning Flower Cardigan. The flower cardigan pattern is written for ages 3 or 5 years though and I only have a 3 week old baby!

So for ease, I’ve combined the two elements here.

I used brown, burgundy and olive DK acrylic yarns, and a 4mm hook for this cardigan. My notes use US terminology (even though I’m British – I learned from a Finn!).

Special stitches:
Shell repeat: *dc, sk 2 st, (3dc, ch2, 3dc), sk 2 st*

Body
Fdc 47, turn.
1) In BROWN. Ch2, *dc into next 4 stitches, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (57dc)
2) In BURGUNDY. Ch2, *dc into next 5 stitches, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (67dc)
3) Ch2, *dc into next 6 stitches, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (77dc)
4) Ch2, *dc into next 7 stitches, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (87dc)
5) Ch2, *dc into next 8 stitches, 2dc into next st* repeat from * to * to end. Turn. (97dc)
Count stitches, and place markers in the 18th, 37th, 60th and 79th stitches.
6) Ch3 to start, counts as first dc. Work 3 shell repeats; then to make the dc for the beginning of the next shell repeat, yo and insert hook through both the 18th and 37th stitches and complete the dc as usual (armhole created). Work 5 shells across the back. To make the dc for the next repeat, yo and insert hook through both the 60th and 79th stitches and complete the dc as usual (armhole created). Work 3 more shells, finishing with a dc into the last stitch. Turn.
7-8) Ch3 to start, counts as first dc. Work 11 shell repeats across. Turn.
9-11) Ch3 to start, counts as first dc. In these 3 rows of shell repeats, work 2dc in between fans.
12-14) Ch3 to start, counts as first dc. In these 3 rows of shell repeats, work 3dc in between fans. (The flower cardigan pattern has a really good diagram explaining this bit!)
15) To finish. Ch1 and sc in same stitch. *Sc in each of the next 3dc, (sc, ch, sc) in 2ch space, sk 1 st, sc in each of the next 3dc, sk 1 st, sc2tog over next 2dc* repeat from * to * along, finishing with a sc in the final stitch.

Sleeves
1) In BURGUNDY. Join yarn at base of 18/37th stitch. Ch3, dc in remaining 17 skipped stitches. (If you have 18 remaining stitches, work dc2tog at beginning of round so you have 18 stitches in total.) Join to top of ch3 with sl st.
2) Ch3, dc around. Join with sl st. (18dc)
3) Ch3, dc around. Join with sl st, fasten off. (18dc)
4) In BROWN. Join new colour to slip stitch. Ch1. Sc around. (18sc).
5) Ch3, dc in same stitch. Work 3 shell repeats around the cuff, working 2dc in between fans. Join with sl st.
6) Ch1, sc in same st. *Sc in next 3 stitches, (sc, ch2, sc) in 2ch space, sc in next 3 stitches, sk 1 st, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * twice more, joining with a sl st instead of final sc. Fasten off.

Piping
Piping is worked in OLIVE, slip stitching around the PURPLE edges of the garment and between the PURPLE and BROWN parts (the collar and cuffs). It’s worth going up a hook size for the piping as it isn’t very stretchy. Work 2 sl st around corners and in the spaces between shell rows.

Buttonholes
The buttonholes are simply the spaces created between dc stitches on rows 2 and 4.

I’ll add close-up photographs when I get a chance!

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3 comments on “Erika’s Cardigan

  1. Sharon
    February 14, 2016

    I love the outfit combo. I’m a bit confused about the sizing as you mention both 3 week sizing and older. I’m looking for a pattern to fit a baby a 3-6 month old weight.

    • the messy mama
      February 14, 2016

      This is sized for a newborn, as Erika is still only tiny. As she grows I will inevitably make bigger sizes – but not yet as I simply don’t have time! x

      • Sharon
        February 14, 2016

        Lol I totally understand that busyness! Thank you for clarifying

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