toddler cardigan

Classic Short Sleeve Debbie Bliss Cardigan for our Toddler


I fell in love with the look of this gorgeous light grey marled wool and just had to buy it. I bought my usual 5 skeins and tucked them into my stash box with the rest of my glorious yarn waiting to be chosen. (This one went into the 4ply stash box.) Unfortunately I am getting to the stage where I am cramming the wool into the box and having to put the lid on quickly and firmly to avoid the glorious stash from spilling out all over the floor.

But it wasn’t long before I had finished what I was currently knitting and delved back into  the stash box to select the lucky yarn for my next project. I couldn’t go past the squishy softness of this wool and the gorgeous light pink and blue tones in amongst the grey.


It was Spring here in New Zealand so to make a long sleeve sweater or cardigan wouldn’t have been much use over the warm summer months and I didn’t want to knit for following winter as that seemed so far away.

So I decided I would make a short sleeve classic cardigan. I had a couple of patterns that would work but no patterns with a short sleeve. I decided to go with the Debbie Bliss Classic cardigan pattern that I had in my Baby Cashmerino pattern book. I went to the LYS (since closed, sadly) for guidance on how to alter the pattern to make a short sleeve. (The guidance is on my Ravelry page – link below).


I love the way the classic cardigan turned out.

Pattern Book – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Pattern –Classic cardigan by Debbie Bliss
Yarn – Jack and Jill 4ply by Wooly
Link to Ravelry project here


A toddler cardigan using bulky yarn and a free pattern

A very long time ago, I bought some bulky weight cotton on sale and then for many months, wondered if I would ever use it. Then one day I decided our little toddler needed a long sleeve light cardigan for Autumn when it can be warm and cold all on the same day.

So I went to my stash and had a dig around. No, wool in double knit or chunkier would be too hot. Wool in a light 4ply could be good but let me see what else I have. Then I opened the cotton stash box and I spied the bulky cotton yarn that I had bought on special all those months ago. The bulkiness of the yarn would add that extra warmth that a lighter weight cotton cardigan wouldn’t.


OK, so now I have selected the yarn, what about a pattern? I don’t have any bulky weight toddler patterns. So I did what any smart knitter would do and searched the multitude of free patterns on Ravelry.

This is what I found. The pattern is a free Lion Brand cardigan and is called Fairy Tale Cardy. It is written for their super bulky cotton / acrylic yarn, Baby’s First yarn and was a close match to my stashed yarn. After a quick swatch and needle adjustment, I started the cardigan.

I am so happy with it. I love the colours and I love the pattern. This free pattern was very easy to follow and there were no mistakes. Maybe I should knit with bulky yarn more often. This only took a night or so to make.


Pattern book – Lion Brand Yarn website
Pattern – Fairy Tale Cardi by Lion Brand Yarn – (free pattern)
Yarn – Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Chunky
Link to Ravelry project here

GREEN GLORIOUS GREEN fair aisle toddler cardigan


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This is me about to go supermarket shopping with my nice new green cardigan. Have you got the grocery list nana?.

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Come on, what’s the hold up? We don’t need any green apples. I’m going to try to climb out of this trolley if we don’t keep moving.

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Nana, this is so embarrassing having a photo shoot in the supermarket!

Pattern book – Rowan Studio issue thirty
Pattern – Fievel
Yarn – Shepherds Colour 4 Me and Crucci New Zealand 8ply
Link to Ravelry here

Rapunzel from my favourite Rowan book – Studio 30 birth to 5 years


Here is another one from my favourite babies and kids pattern book, Rowan Studio 30 pattern book. It is called Rapunzel.

I just love the colour of this little cardigan. In fact I loved it so much that I decided to make one exactly the same. So determined was I to make it exactly the same, that I searched the world’s online knitting stores for the Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK – colour Flower, since there was no one in New Zealand who sold it. And yes, I did look in my local yarn store for a similar type yarn and colour but there was nothing. This gorgeous merino and silk has a vibrance of colour that no other yarn had that I could find. Many of the yarns I looked at were either solid colours or variegated. This one has a very slight marl, which I think adds to its vibrance. And it is oh so very soft.


Rapunzel is a long cardigan with three buttons and a very pretty lace panelled yoke. The lace pattern instructions were very easy to follow and the pattern did not have any mistakes, which is always a bonus. The bands were knitted with the fronts and sat nicely after being blocked.

The only problem I had was trying to find buttons to match and because the little girl was about to get on a plane to fly back home to the UK, I didn’t have the luxury of time to find the perfect buttons. So good enough had to do.

But a wonderful bonus. The online knitting store made a mistake and sent me the wrong colour initially. They sent me Dawn, a beautifully soft grey and when I let told them, they very kindly sent me the correct colour and as an apology said I could keep the grey. So I might make another one for another special little girl.

UPDATED February 2015

I have since made another one of these little cardigans. This one is being worn to help feed the chickens.


Pattern book – Rowan Studio issue thirty
Pattern – Rapunzel
Yarn – Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK
Link to Ravelry here and here

A little man’s cable cardigan for George


I made this little cable cardigan at Christmas time for a five year old boy named George who lives in the UK. I finished it the day before George and his family flew out from New Zealand to go home. His mum didn’t try it on him but said she would send a photo of George wearing the cardigan once they were back home.


So I waited and I waited and after a few months, there was still no photo. And then I heard that the cardigan didn’t fit and it had been passed on to another little boy who needed something warm to wear for the cold UK winter.

When I had the idea to knit for George and his sister for Christmas, I chose from my Rowan studio issue thirty kids book that had gorgeous patterns from birth to 5 years and because George was an “average” size five year old, I didn’t even think for one moment that the 5 year old cardigan size would not fit.

The finished size for the Kurt cable cardigan that I knitted is 69cm (27 inches). I still have no idea whether that is a normal five year old finished size or not. I did find this knitting guide for children’s sizes and it shows a finished size for a four year old is 71cm (28inches) but who is to know if that is right either. I know the sizings are just meant to be a guide but I am still really disappointed that I got this one so wrong. I guess I have only myself to blame and I have put this experience down to learning.

Apart from the problem with the size, this was such great fun to knit. The cables were not difficult and the pattern was easy to memorise after a few rows. The shawl collar sits nicely and the finished cardigan is just perfect for a little man. I hope the little man in the UK kept warm and cosy in his cardigan and that he had lots of fun wearing it.


Pattern book – Rowan Studio issue thirty
Pattern – Kurt
Yarn – Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8ply
Link to Ravelry here