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A Cardigan for a Little Girl

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. ๐Ÿ™ 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.

All knitting done, ends weaved in, and ready to be blocked.

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.

So many buttons, so much fun.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pattern: Cuddle Time by Knitting Knoodle
Yarn: Peekaboo Sock by Peekaboo Yarns in Lady Hamilton
My project page on Ravelry

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