one seriously cute baby cardigan

I adore this cardigan. It is just so cute and sweet and I can’t stop admiring it. BUT and it’s a big but, I’ve spent most of today doing the seaming, rib bands and ruffles. And I thought I might poke someone with a knitting needle out of frustration while doing it. I have fallen in love with top down knits. You start at the top, do the sleeves and keep going to the bottom. Weave in the ends and you are done.

This cardigan was fiddly with each little piece knitted and then put together. But as you can see it….totally worth it. One of the cutest baby knits I’ve done.

The pattern is Design 1323 Girl’s Frill Front Cardies from The Baby Bamboo Book of Trendy Little Knits from Sirdar. I chose the short sleeved version and this size is 0-6 months which is great since the baby was only born 2 weeks ago. Room to grow.

The yarn is Bendigo’s Harmony from the back room. Read more about the back room here. If you are ever in Victoria then it’s worth taking a trip to Bendigo. In fact it has been known that whenever hubby suggests we visit Melbourne that my eyes light up that we can go to Bendigo Woollen Mill’s and the back room. Yes. I love it. This used less than 3 balls and the Harmony is a nice cotton blend so it’s springy and thicker than Bendigo’s 8 ply cotton.

I haven’t blocked it and might give it a light blocking just to get the neckband to sit straight but other than that it turned out nicely. With 50 million ends weaved in. Buttons from the stash when a local quilting store was closing down.

All in all a beautiful finished project, only for the patient knitter. You don’t need any expert knitting skills as it’s all knit and purl with some yarn forwards in there. I love it. I just need a break before I cast it on again and will give myself a few days to do the finishing off.

Ravelry details are here. And this is one of the first quilts I made so it was nice to get it out into the sun for the photos too


  1. Such a sweet little girlie cardigan! I know what you mean about knitting top down. The knits are so much quicker,as it’s the sewing together which takes so much time. I too really like to knit that way now when possible. :)

  2. It’s adorable! The recipient mother will be thrilled to receive this. I love your quilt – the inner red and pink apple border particularly caught my eye.

  3. Judith Hogan says:

    What a sweet little sweater this is. It may have taken some time to finish it, but the person that is receiving it will treasure it forever.

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