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knitting pattern like Boden 'Everyday cardigan"???

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lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 18:58:45

Hello knitters! Just wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a pattern for a cardi like this Boden girls "Everyday cardigan", I have discovered that my MIL is a great knitter and I would love her to knit something similar for my 3 yr old DD!!! Thank you ladies!

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 19:07:16

The place to look for patterns is Ravelry. You don't need to join to search, but I'll have a look now and see if I can narrow it down.

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 19:20:43

One of my faves: Nellie

Similar(ish): Butterflies.

Fairy Princess


Smocked Cardigan

Couleur du Ciel

Perle de rosée

Lace Yoke Cardigan

Btw I am just finishing this one for a friend's 5 year-old, the designer's 3 year old is wearing it in the photo! I love this one and it's a very quick knit: Three Flavor Delight.

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 20:05:06

Oh Tribpot, thank you for the links!!! Three flavours delight has a beautiful shape to it, so pretty!!!

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 20:09:31

It is absolutely lovely - honestly. I don't think I would do it in Malabrigo like the one in the pattern - I'd want something that I thought could be hurled in the washing machine as required. (I've done mine just as a test of the pattern in the Sirdar Bonus comes-in-a-ball-bigger-than-your-head. In the rose colour shown in the link).

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 20:36:51

I am getting a bit lost on Ravelry Tribpot!!! So many beautiful patterns!!! I found this cardigan and thought that with plain sleeves it could look pretty similar to this gorgeous Boden cosy cable cardigan! I like the mustard colour too!!! smile

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 20:37:56

Would that giant ball you linked to do a cardi for a 3 year old do you think???

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 20:38:43

Wool that can be machine washed sounds perfect!!! Do you have a favourite wool that wears well?

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 20:55:40

Yes, this is the siren call of Ravelry, there are gazillions of fantastic patterns, your mum can really just pick whatever she fancies. The cable one is gorgeous as well. Unlike many patterns on Ravelry, it's not available to buy online through the site, your mum would need to get a copy of the book (although obviously this is not a massive challenge wink).

In terms of the amount of yarn needed, most patterns give a (generous) estimate as to the total length required - so the Three Flavor needs 347 - 786 m depending on what size you do. Like many online yarn shops, Deramores list the total yarn length of the ball, so you can see that the giganta-ball has 840m of yarn, more than enough to do the smallest size - indeed enough to do two!

I'd be tempted to go for a solid, pure wool aran - like Rowan pure wool (although the colours are perhaps a little dark for a child's cardigan?) or Creative Focus. We do a lot of knitting for Woolly Hugs with the slightly thinner equivalent of this Cashmerino Aran - it will be super-soft and gorgeous but possibly not hardwearing enough. Cygnet is a great brand as well.

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:00:55

Btw photos of work in progress

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:01:47

Do you mean this Rowan pure wool I love the colours!!!! smile

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:03:39

Oh, you are clever, that is looking beautiful!!! Your friend has a lucky little girl!! smile

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:04:12

No, that's the double knitting weight yarn, bit thin for the Three Flavor, although your mum could knit a bigger size (as it will come out smaller if knit in a thinner yarn, if you see what I mean). It's this one and I must say the colours look a lot clearer on the Rowan website. Love the forest green.

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:10:38

Ooooooh, I love forest too!!! In fact that was one of the EXACT colours I was after!!! Thank you!!! Just seen this scrum my cardi it lloks like it's in another book though...

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:10:58


lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:16:07

The Contemporary Irish knits book is £6.80 on Amazon so not too expensive for such a gorgeous pattern!!!

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:20:28

Yep, you see the slippery slope - knitting is more addictive than crack grin

I had a look at the rest of the patterns in the book and they are lovely.

I'd thought about the Rowan Tweed Aran for something I'm planning to knit for my DH. Very suited to the fab Irish patterns.

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:22:14

Hmmmmmm, the pattern has chest measurements for the sizing, do I measure right the way around on the chest under her arms?

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:25:06

Yes - the pattern recommends then choosing a size which is about 2 cm bigger, although the sample on the little girl in the photo is 5cm bigger and it looks great, plus room to grow. As the second size is aimed at age 4, that's probably the one to go for unless your dd is petite.

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:31:17

I wouldn't have picked up on that positive ease thingy, thank you for pointing it out, I thought a size 4 too!

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:38:37

Oh I should give an honourable mention to the King Cole Merino Blend Aran as well - it is an 'anti-tickle' yarn, amusingly.

lolalotta Fri 21-Dec-12 21:43:07

I like the fern!!! Am pinning all these wool suggestions on Pinterest BTW!!!! I can't decide what colour to do that irish cardi in, I think It might look so striking because of the beautiful burnt orange...but not sure if it would suit my DD, she's quite fair!

tribpot Fri 21-Dec-12 21:55:52

I think a three year old can get away with any colour she likes grin

My ds, btw, is insistent I make him this in red. I did at least persuade him to this in Chilli Pepper.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sat 22-Dec-12 08:48:47

Aw... you should have let him have bright red - you would never lose him in a crowd smile

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