This cardigan. Its story begins in October when I was shopping at Target with the Kindergartener. She fell in love with this sweater:
I had a super proud-mama moment when she touched it and promptly told me it was made from cheap yarn, then she asked me if I could make her one. Sure, no problem!
But then the problems. I had no less than 7 different shades of gray yarn in my stash with enough quantity to make this sweater. Not one of them was the right shade of gray. According to my daughter, the right shade of gray was a super-expensive cashmere from the yarn store. I disagreed. We finally settled on Berroco Vintage in Smoke. Yarn aside – Berroco Vintage is one of my favorite yarns for kid sweaters. It’s machine washable, knits up well, has a great color selection, wears decently, and is inexpensive. I have a sweater for myself out of it, and it’s starting to look a little rough after 3 years, but for a kid sweater that lasts us a season – no problem.
I think it’s important to note that we agreed on this yarn because when I knit a swatch for stitch pattern approval, my 5 year old found many things wrong with it. First, it did not have a same sparkle as the Target sweater (which had a metallic thread running through it) and ribbing was yicky, she wanted it all in stockinette (no cuffs – she has a weird thing about cuffs). By this time, I was totally ready to spend the $20 on this sweater from Target and forget making it, but of course, they no longer had it anywhere.
I designed this pattern for a quick and easy-ish knit. I did a raglan sleeve construction, knit flat in one piece with patch pockets knit separately and seamed on at the end. I solved the sparkle problem by knitting every few rows with a specialty sequin yarn wrapped around the gray. I added a small garter stitch border to the bottom of the sweater, the sleeve cuffs, and the pocket tops to prevent rolling. I knit a shawl collar around the edge using a wide ribbing to prevent curling.
I was very happy to be done working with this super demanding client on this sweater, but I will say that she wore the thing for 5 days straight – even over her pjs one night.