Anna’s Summer Cardigan
Hello everyone and happy Monday! I’m glad to write to you today to tell you about a knitting project that I finished several weeks ago. During the winter, I’ve discovered the Danish designer Petite Knit by chance on Instagram (I following a lot of Scandinavian designers!) and I immediately loved everything she was making for children. I wanted to knit them all, but I decided to start with the Anna’s summer cardigan’.
This pattern is a nice raglan sleeves cardigan, available from size 9-12 months to 6-7 years. It had buttons on the front, ribbing on the edges, and a nice eyelet with holes (made by yarn overs). The advantage of this pattern is that it is available in a top-down AND bottom-up (bottom-up) version. Which means that you can choose to knit it using the construction you like the most and it’s really cool. It is knitted with double knitting (DK) yarn with a sample of 23 stitches per 10cm.
I chose to try for the first time the Cotton Merino yarn from Drops, which was the one recommended by the pattern. I don’t really like knitting cotton usually, although it’s more convenient than merino for summer. The fact that this yarn is made with both is really good: it is soft thanks to the merino, but remains relatively light thanks to the cotton. I found this yarn very enjoyable to knit, and it didn’t stretch after blocking.
I knitted the size 1-2 years in 3.5mm needles as recommended because my sample matched perfectly. This cardigan suits her very well : she can wear it now as you can see, but there is enough room for her to grow in it and probably wear until September.
Regarding the pattern, which is in English, I had no difficulty to understand it. It is easy to follow and is relatively accessible to beginners. Note, however, that this is a translation of the Danish version, and that improvements should be made to make it clearer. The important point I want to emphasize is regarding the schema of the eyelet. I have to confess that I don’t always read a whole pattern before starting to knit, especially when it seems to be a rather basic construction like this one. Big mistake in this case! Indeed, on page 5 of the pattern (the start of the top-down construction), there is a chart on the side with the caption: Eyelet pattern chart. As it is nowhere written to refer to a certain page, I relied on this chart to place my holes. However, after a few rows I noticed it didn’t fit really well, but as I understood the idea of it, I knitted it as I could.
Please note that it is necessary to use the charts on page 8 which allow you to correctly position your holes according to the part you are knitting (front, back, and sleeves) and according to the size! I mentioned this lack of clear instructions to the designer but I don’t know if this has been changed since. So be careful when you knit it. Otherwise nothing complicated, it is a pattern that is knitted rather quickly and that is very pleasant to make.
And I LOVE to see my daughter in it! I wish you a good start of the week!