Friday, 17 January 2014

Crochet Goal Achieved! Baby/Toddler Cardigan

Since I started crocheting just over a year ago it has always been an ambition of mine to make a cardigan. Now that my skills have improved and I've mastered most of the basic stitches I thought it was time to move onto something a little more challenging. A cardigan for myself would be lovely but I felt that it might be easier to start with something smaller, so making something for my Husband's baby cousin for Christmas who will be two years old this month. It was originally intended for my Godson who is almost the same age but I had problems with the sleeves so decided to keep them to a cap sleeve and make it a girls cardi!

I searched on Ravelry and Etsy for a pattern and came across this pattern by Ball Hank and Skein. I loved the detail around the yoke and chose to stick close to the colours she had used in the picture, changing the yellow for a moss green. I used Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow, Silver and Cream all from Deramores (my favourite yarn site at the moment!).

The first part was quite easy; making the ribbed band, then working up through the body. Making the arm holes was a bit of a challenge and had to do this a couple of times to get the amount of stitched correct. There were quite a few sections that had to be frogged and started again, and as mentioned earlier I had trouble with the sleeves - this was purely my fault for not using a stitch marker but I'll definitely be having another go soon.

Overall I was really pleased that I managed to make a little cardigan! I'm now setting my next goal as an adult size version of this...I'll let you know how that goes, but for now here is the finished piece.

Betty xXx

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