Once upon a time, I used to knit baby things like there’s no tomorrow. So many friends and family were expecting little ones, and I was more than happy to knit baby garments as gifts. Then all the kiddos grew up and no longer want to wear anything hand-knitted. 🙁 When I found out a few months ago that my friends S&S are having a little girl, I had to make her a sweet little sweater!
I found Cuddle Time on Ravelry and decided to give it a try. It is bottom-up construction, then the sleeves are knitted separately and joined to the bottom half of the body, and then the collar edge is picked up and a shawl collar is added. So sweet!
I thought it would be good to give it a try because I haven’t done any bottom-up garments before; I’ve always preferred top-down construction. This was a good learning experience; and the shawl collar was great practice for short rows with its many W&Ts.
Maybe it’s because this pattern isn’t very popular on Ravelry (it’s in 6 queues, but mine is the only project)? And even though it is supposed to be written row by row, I found quite a few errors in it, and some important steps were somehow omitted. Because of that, I wouldn’t recommend it to beginners. As an “advanced beginner,” I found it quite challenging because I had to read the pattern multiple times to figure out certain steps.
As challenging as it was, I’m glad it somehow turned out okay. I blocked it and the cute seed stitch diamond shapes really stood out! Then came one of my favorite parts – going through my vintage button collection to find the perfect match.
Here is the finished cardigan. I’m actually pretty proud of myself for completing this project! I might hang on to it for a little while 😉