Abigail could not wait to reveal her new mama-made sweater.
First, she "styled" the look. (Translation: she refused to wear the shirt and pants that i had picked out.)
Next, she "choreographed" the photo shoot. (Translation: she figured that 'all those people who read your blog' would think that the sweater was 'boring' if she 'just stood there' so she decided to show you all that 'you can do' while wearing this cardi.)
Apparently the sweater is good for doing this...
And for looking directly at the sun.
It's also perfectly suited for pointing at passing brothers...
And for "giving yourself a hug."
Oh, and she thought you should see the back.
Bet you didn't know that my knits were this versatile! Yours can be too if you let Miss Abby conduct a "photo shoot" for you.
Now for the pattern - or lack thereof. I wanted to knit Leslie's Libby cardi (pattern in Leslie's sidebar). But the pattern is a bit too large for my girly who wears size 6-8 so I made up my own using the top-down raglan formula. This basic formula can be found in many books on top down knitting but my favorite web instructions are written by Laura of cosmicpluto knits.
Here are my numbers for this size 8 cardi:
I used worsted weight wool (Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool in the colors Limoncello and Antique) and
US sz 8 needles.
CO 70 stitches.
k1p1 ribbing for 6 rows. (for the band around the neck)
Divide for yolk (RS): k5 for button band, pm, k10 for front, pm, k10 for sleeve, pm, k20 for back, pm, k10 for sleeve, pm, k10 for front, pm, k5 for button band
row 2 (WS): k5 for button band, purl to last 5 stitches (last marker), k5
row 3 (RS): *k to 2 sts before marker, kf&b, k1, sl m, k1, kf&b*, repeat from * to * three more times. Knit to the end of the round.
row 4 (WS): k5, purl to last 5 stitches (last marker), k5.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 sixteen times. (or until you have 42 stitches between the sleeve markers.)
Slip the sleeve stitches onto scrap yarn and continue knitting the body of the sweater in stockinette stitch to desired length.
Work 14 rows garter stitch for the bottom band. (knit every row) Bind off.
Laura gives instructions for side shaping in her pattern. I did not do any side shaping for a child's cardi but i highly recommend side shaping if you are knitting a cardi for yourself.
Slip sleeve stitches off scrap yarn and join stitches to work in the round (i love magic loop knitting method for sleeves) until sleeves are desired length. Work 14 rows garter stitch. Bind off. Repeat for second sleeve.
For the stripes I just switched between the two colors every 6, 8, 10 and 14 rows respectively. See how the stripes become wider as the sweater progresses. Have fun and make the stripes any width you like - just remember to do the same for the sleeves so that the stripes line up.
You can easily make this cardi larger by adding several more kf&b increases in the yoke before separating the sleeves. Then knit the body and sleeves to desired length.
Hope you find these instructions helpful. I know that wearing this cardi has helped my girly run faster through the woods, gather dozens of pine cones, and build a fort for all the imaginary students that she schools each day.