I made A and her doll, Cara, coordinating sweaters. A’s is Linda Permann’s Swingset Cardigan, using Paton’s Grace yarn in Viola. I’ve made this pattern twice and I highly recommend it. I love it in the Paton’s Grace yarn, too – it’s mercerized cotton so it gives the sweater a bit of a polished and more structured look, but it’s not stiff (and it can go in the washing machine!) I made the first sweater (a size 3-4) when A was 3 and I made the same size again for this sweater. Both still fit her well at age 4.
Cara’s sweater is a modified version of the Preemie Angel Shell Sweater. I shortened the sleeves and added a scallop, added buttonholes, shortened the body slightly, and changed the pattern a bit where the bodice meets the body to make it look more similar to A’s sweater. I am planning to make another of these sweaters to donate to our local hospital.
I made some covered buttons for the sweaters and matching dresses for A and Cara, as well. A likes these sweaters because they keep her arms free – important for a busy preschooler! Looking at these pictures, I notice she spilled something on the collar the last time she wore it – time for a wash.
Yarning along with Ginny.