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Project Notes: Crochet Toddler Striped Cardigan

I realized I’d never posted a finished look at the cardigan I made my son last year. I try to make him a sweater/jacket of some kind each year. So here it is, now a bit worn in, with perhaps a tiny toddler-made stain here or there, and a bit of cat hair.

You can see some cardigans and sweaters I used for inspiration on my kids knitwear and crochet Pinterest board here.

Overall, it turned out well, but I originally somehow miscalculated the sleevecap size and had to do some major sleeve surgery to shorten them. When I first tried it on my son for a size check, it looked like he was wearing shoulder pads, poor kid. Basically, I pulled out the stitching from the top of the sleevecap and left the armhole stitches intact, frogged quite a few rows of the sleeve cap, tried my best to make the stripes match well enough to the body now that the caps were shorter, and reshaped them a bit.

For most garments, and especially kid ones, I like to use single crochet to seam. It’s more durable and has stretch. I knew with the striping that if I used one color of yarn, it would show through more easily on the front, but I decided to go with it because the cardigan had a handmade, fun feel anyway with the little blue lapel pocket and alternating color buttons and just see how it looked. I think if I could go back, I’d just alternate the yarn color to match the stripes as I seamed, but it’s really not bad, and the cardigans only gotten compliments when he’s worn it. Plus I think it really looks fine overall. Perfect for a happy little toddler.

Oh, and I also decided that, after the whole reshaping debacle and some other issues I had designing these sleeves, that I’d probably stick to drop sleeves for toddler and baby garments, rather than set-in.

Really happy with how the ribbing and button plackets turned out. I typically use a hook one or two sizes down from the hook used for the main body of a garment when working ribbing.

For the shawl collar, I switched to the hook I used for the main body once I got to the top of the button placket, worked the collar rows, and then switched back to the smaller hook once I reached the button placket on the other side. This helped it be a little looser around the neck.

So, not the most perfect project, with several things I’d do differently, but I’m happy with it, and my kid loves it. And that’s a win, right?

Waters Wares Holiday 2014

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I didn’t put up an outfit post this week because I knew I’d be announcing this new collection within the week, and I’ve been basically wearing the chunky hat and cowl with every outfit lately in some combination, because it’s cold, and hey, that’s what they’re made for. :)

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So the shop, Waters Wares is up and running with lots of other items, too, but this is just a little holiday collection I wanted to make. All these items are available in special colorways and will be in the shop until New Year’s, but be sure to order by November 24th if you want your items in time for Christmas.

Hope you’ve been having a wonderful week, even if you’re battling the cold like we are. God bless!

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