Short sleeve summer cotton cardigan for baby


One of my girl’s friends is having a baby in November and asked me if I would knit something for the baby to fit her when she is three months old. That will be the middle of New Zealand’s hot summer so I thought I would make a short sleeve cardigan. What little three month old baby doesn’t need a short sleeve summer cardigan for the cooler evenings.


I wanted to make something out of cotton but most cottons are not machine washable and I know both my girls with new babies do not have time to hand wash baby clothes. So I found this Sirdar Calico yarn, which is a mix of 60% cotton and 40% acrylic and machine washable. It is nice and soft but I’m not so sure if I like the feel of it but it may be that I have been knitting with baby merino wool or alpaca and am comparing unfairly.


The pattern with the moss stitch detail is very easy to make and being double knit weight, knits up very quickly. This is one of the first patterns I have found recently that does not have any errors in the pattern.

Pattern leaflet – UKHKA 79
Pattern – Short Sleeve Cardigan
Yarn – Sirdar Calico DK
Link to Ravelry project here


  1. That’s lovely! It’ll be perfect for evenings or early morning. Summer seems a long way away here. I’m sure the yarn you’ve chosen is fine, but Debbie Bliss does do a 100% cotton that’s machine washable (Eco Baby) if you wanted one for something else.

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