Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FO - toddler summer cardigan

toddler cardigan yoke drips design colourwork baa baa brighouse brew clifton yarn pink green knitted baby cat dress george asda

Two good things happened this month (Well, relating to this post anyway.  Way more good things than that actually happened)  I received a lovely, squishy, yarny gift from Baa Baa Brighouse and my favourite small person turned one year old.   Obviously, Matilda wasn't getting away without a hand knitted gift on her special birthday, so the two good things collided and turned into one great thing - this cute little cardigan.  And then I found a cat print dress in Asda, and a fluffy cat-shaped toy, so that parcel was a whole bag of awesome by the time I was done with it.

toddler cardigan yoke drips design colourwork baa baa brighouse brew clifton yarn pink green knitted baby

Pattern - a combination of the Seed Stitch Toddler Cardigan by Brought up by wolves and Drips by Bethany Hill

Yarn - Baa Baa Brew in Clifton and some leftover mint green DK

Needles - 3.5mm

Notes - I was a bit apprehensive about testing new yarn.  What if it was rubbish?  What if the colour was horrible?  What if I pick the wrong pattern and it looks dreadful?  In the end, it turned out I was being overly dramatic (nothing new there) because this yarn is all sorts of gorgeous.  Here's a list of reasons why...

- It's soft.  Delightful for running through your fingers with each stitch and perfect for toddler-wear.
- It's made from 100% British wool.  Because who doesn't love locally sourced produce?
- The colours ebb and flow beautifully.  Pink is not my favourite and even I wanted a piece of this.
- One skein can make this whole cardigan.  You know, if I wasn't me - I just had to drop in another colour.
- It comes in the prettiest packaging.  I'm a sucker for a good ribbon tie.
- The other shades are gorgeous too.  I think Brookfoot would look lovely in place of my green.

The construction is a little different than the original cardigan.  I really just used the pattern for the yoke section then, when it came to splitting the back, front and arms, I did the sleeves first to ensure I had enough pink yarn.  With the body, I knit down until I felt the length was right for the pattern to begin.  I had to do some calculations to make the design fit, adding two stitches to the needles to ensure it would fall evenly, then I just carried on with the green yarn until the overall length looked proportional.  Matilda has a pretty long body so even if it looked a little cropped, I figured the sleeves being short would help it look like I meant that to happen!

Has anyone tried this yarn?  Or been knitting for kiddies lately?

Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.

*my pink yarn was provided by Baa Baa Brighouse for the purpose of review.  As always, I speak the truth!*


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