The aran cardigan that became a coat


I just have to laugh at myself. Why do I think I have to add SO MUCH LENGTH to our little toddler’s cardigan! I did it here too with her little pink cardigan too. But she has had so much wear out of that little pink cardigan and she certainly hasn’t grown out of it.

Maybe I became paranoid about the length of cardigans after knitting the Debbie Bliss Teddy Bear Jacket. That was knitted for her as a one year old and was always a little bit short and with the panels it was more difficult to add length willy nilly as I seem to do now. However, if you go to the Teddy Bear post, scroll down to the last photo and you will see how I managed to add length to this jacket to get one more winter out of it.

So what have I created with this very long aran rusty red cardigan? I guess you can say I have created a coat.


But that’s ok. A coat is good. Our toddler is an average sized 2 year old and this pattern was for 24 to 36 months so it was always going to potentially be  a little big and so it definitely did not need to have extra length. No wonder I ran out of yarn half way up the second sleeve! And the yarn colour was discontinued! I am very lucky that the lady in our LYS had bought two balls of this colour for herself and hadn’t used them and she was more than happy to sell me one. Crisis averted. I would have had to pull the fronts and back undone and stolen some yarn out of all that extra length!


But it is wearable and that’s all that matters and the colour is gorgeous. And she will probably be still wearing it when she is at school.

The pattern was from a book called Aran and Nordic Knits for Kids. It was given to me by a friend I worked with and she knew I love knitting aran and she knew I love knitting for kids. So a perfect book for me. I miss my craft friend I used to work with. In our stressful roles,  we would sometimes seek each other out, have our craft chat, share our latest projects, discuss  button colours and then back to work feeling a little more enthusiastic.

Pattern book – Aran and Nordic Knits for Kids
Pattern – Aneka Cardigan
Yarn – Filatura Di Crosa Zarina
Link to Ravelry here



  1. I think it looks fantastic as a coat. As a mother of a tall 14 year old I can totally understand the adding length to knitted garments as I used to do that quite a bit for my daughter.

  2. I miss you at work too – there isn’t anyone who “gets” me anymore! Dropped by our LYS yesterday in my lunch break as I hadn’t had a great morning work-wise… All set now for a new project.

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