Ever since I saw this MillaMia pattern I’ve wanted to make it for Connor. So I was most pleased to get it as a freebie in a magazine at last year’s craft fair (not that I’d mind buying the book, they are lovely patterns!)
I’ve been working on it trying to get it done in time so it could go in the Knitters’ Guild display at the Royal Easter Show this year. Success! I got it done in plenty of time!
Pattern: Niklas cardigan by MillaMia, from the book Bright Young Things. Nice pattern, easy to follow, all made in pieces – which I didn’t mind – smaller pieces seem to go faster! (just like red stripes!). I made the 2-3 yo size.
Yarn: Even though the MillaMia yarn is lovely, I substituted Morris Paddington, an 80/20 bamboo/merino blend. Mostly because I had a voucher for Morris & Sons and these colours were perfect! I used about 1.5 skeins of each of the 3 colours – 634 Lipstick (red), 625 Pearl (silver grey) and 636 Magnetic Grey (charcoal). I did think about converting the pattern to do seamlessly, but I thought the seams might provide some extra infrastructure to combat bamboo’s tendency to sag. Fingers crossed!
Sticks: 3mm and 3.25mm KnitPicks Options.
Time: 6 February 2012 – 29 March 2012
Modifications: I made the body of the cardigan longer – everyone always says you need extra length in knits for babies and toddlers. And I’m hoping it will fit him for longer than one season. The extra length (about 5cm/2″) meant I had to add an extra buttonhole, which fortunately worked out to be just at the point where the decreases start for the v-neck of the cardigan. Nice one!
Of course, as soon as I finished the cardi, we got a wave of warm weather (summer is finally here! in autumn!), so I don’t have any modelled shots, but I will post some eventually! I was going to show you a photo of my excellent seaming (it really is so much easier when you can match the stripes!) but the photo I took does not show said excellent seaming…um, the seaming is not quite as even as I thought it was, heh!
And so this year Connor has one new cardi and I have none. Even though I planned on making myself at least 4 cardis this year! Heh! I’d better get a move on, since I haven’t even started the first cardi for myself and it’s already 1/4 of the way through the year!