I know I said I was going to work on my old WIPs, but in the end they just could not compete with a shiny new project. This might be a big part of why I have so many WIPs in the first place. I ended up casting on a cardigan for my daughter who is in kindergarten. I chose the Family Cardigan 8225 from Sirdar. It’s not exactly the catchiest name, but it is exactly what I was looking for. I am knitting the crewneck in the smallest size, which looks pretty close to a child’s size 6. I figure if the sizing doesn’t exactly work out as planned, I can always give it to my 4 year old instead.
I am knitting the sweater out of Quince & Co. chickadee yarn in the sorbet and leek colorways. I cast on in the green and then switched to pink, and I will bind off in the green as well.
This is a project of firsts: I have never made a seamed garment, and I have also never made a child-sized garment. Let me tell you, the combination is addictive. I just started this project a few days ago and I am almost done knitting the back. At this rate, I’ll be agonizing over the button band before you know it. After lugging around an adult-sized top-down sweater, it is refreshing to just have these tiny pieces to knit.
I am very concerned about picking up all of those stitches for the button band. I have only ever picked up 10 stitches at a time under the arms of a garment. This is 100 at once. I am also sweating placing the buttons and sewing them on. It seems crazy that I could make an entire sweater and mess it up on the buttons, but I can’t sew to save my life. I will have to deep dive into all the YouTube videos when the time comes and hope I can make some magic happen.
For all of you cardigan knitters out there, do you sew in a backing for your button band? I keep seeing all of these cute contrasting ribbons on the inside of knitted garments, and I thought that would be cute. But then that’s more sewing, and you know how I feel about that. I am also considering embroidering a tiny bee or a heart on the sweater in the green. We’ll see how ambitious I feel after this is seamed up.
I hope your WIPs are treating you well. Do you have any new projects in the works?