Blue Bulky Cardigan ProjectI had some heavier yarn and wanted to make up a blue cardigan for my great granddaughter. She wanted long sleeves, three buttons at the top and it had to be blue to match her jeans! I did make it for her and sent it off in the mail as she loves to get parcels. At five years of age this is pretty much a big deal to get a parcel just for you!
I had a lot of the yarn left over so I make another regular cardigan in a larger size with six button closure. Our little GGD Evalynne will be able to grow into this one.
This is the first time I have make the button and buttonhole bands separately and sewn them on after the fact. I know a lot of machine knitters use this technique and I figured it was about time I gave it a try. Do like the appearance and it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be at all.
I used Knitware for the pattern using a child's 28" chest sizing for this one. Did my swatch and then using my Studio 155 with ribber I knit it up very quickly. Did the neckband in 1 x 1 rib and the shaped top of the sleeves I put together on the machine rather than hand sewing doing half at a time. All the other seams were done by hand.
I have now an order from my 14 year old granddaughter Maddie for a red pullover with some interesting textures in the centre front panel. A bit of a challenge but I'm going to give it a try. I have the yarn in a beautiful cherry red. Next I will have to decide what machine to use. It is a much finer yarn so I may be able to work this one up on my Singer 360 with ribber or possibly my LK 150 and do a lot of hand manipulating.
Here is a photo of the finished larger cardigan (sorry forgot to take a photo of the smaller one).
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