Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winter Knitting for Spring Days

I'm so excited for spring I can hardly stand it! Yesterday, it was 50 degrees and sunny when Coco got home from school, so we jumped in the car (sigh!) and went to the park. It was so amazing to be there with just a fleece on and no hat, and to be able to push the kids in the swings without risking frostbite. Today, it's back to being grey and cloudy, but the promise of spring is still in the air. We are getting there, folks!
I knitted this cardigan sweater for Coco a couple of years ago and she's finally growing out of it. We got so much use out of this thing. It makes the perfect spring jacket with a scarf, or on a cooler summer evening, it's just right once it starts to get chilly. In the fall and winter, it's perfect all day layered with a turtleneck or long-sleeve tee. It rolls up nicely to stash in a purse or bag.
Because I knitted it with Cascade 220 Superwash wool, we just threw it in the washing machine whenever it needed a wash. Washable wool is one of my favorite things. It is truly magical! I wish I could make Coco another cardigan like this one, but like so many patterns, it only went up to 18-24 months. Why?!
If you're on Ravelry and know of any good knitting patterns for the 3-6 year old range, please add me! My username is lindseymclean and I would love some recommendations. There are a lot of wonderful patterns on Ravelry, but sometimes they're hiding amongst all the others, if you know what I mean. ;) My friend Kyrie wrote this beautiful pattern, but as much as I love cables and seed stitch, my truest love of all is stripes, of course. If you're looking for me, I'll be searching for striped cardigans on Ravelry! xo

7 comments:

  1. I remember when you finished this!! Such a sweet sweater. I'll keep my eyes out for another striped cardi pattern for you. xo

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    1. Oooh, thanks, my dear! You recommended the Budgie in the first place. :) :) :) xo

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  2. This isn't a cardi, but I made the adult version back before I got carpel tunnel and had to stop knitting. It was super easy and is super cute! I know people have modified it into a cardi, too, but I don't think the directions come with it.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owlet-6 It's owlet by Kate Davies

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    1. Oh, Jessica, that is GORGEOUS! Seriously, my jaw dropped. Thank you so much. I will make it whether it can be a cardigan or not! :) xx

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    2. And...Carpal tunnel?! Will you ever be able to knit again? :(

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    3. weeelllll....at this point, I don't think so :( I had carpal tunnel release surgery on both wrists, and it didn't work. A physical therapist once suggested I have it because my wrists are so small; I don't know if that's a thing or not. One day I'll go get a second opinion, because I do miss it!

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    4. That's brutal. I'm so sorry to hear that. Definitely get a second opinion!!! There must be some way you can knit again!

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