Crocheted Baby Cardigan and Matching Flower Brooch for Mom
My online friend Hollie had a baby girl last month so I made them a little sweater and matching flower brooch.
The crocheted baby sweater is a modification of this one, created using a pattern called Picot and Lace. This version was made with finer yarn than the original one, therefore had to be adapted to make it larger.
[Notes for readers who might also want to make this cardigan : I should reiterate that I modified the original pattern to make this.
The reason I modified the original pattern was that I wanted to use a beautiful skein of yarn, generously given to me by my friend Julie – Knitted Bliss when she shared some of her stash with me in the spring. It was just meant for baby-wear being so soft and just the right colour, but was a lighter weight than what the pattern for the sweater called for — I used a 3-ply Light Worsted versus a 5-ply Sport Weight. I also used a smaller hook than was called for (3.5 vs 6). The change in yarn weight and hook size meant I had to make the pattern bigger. I did this by starting with a chain of 43 (versus 31) and by making the yoke part bigger, by adding an extra row with no increases, between every 2 rows that included increases as per the pattern, ending up with 10 rows (versus 8). Basically I was aiming to end up with a chest circumference of about 19 inches, something to fit a newborn to about 6 month old baby.
The baby lives in a climate that is too hot for a sweater during the spring, summer and fall, so I wanted to make something that will fit her during the cool winter months, when she will still be quite tiny, so I made mine slightly smaller than the pattern (19 inches versus 20 inches around). Once I reached what would result in my desired circumference I proceeded with the pattern as written, except that I had 26 clusters versus 20 (I had to count from the image and think the pattern has 20).
I also made it into a short sleeved version by crocheting fewer rounds for the sleeves.
This is a fun and relatively easy pattern to make, especially if you don’t have to modify it.
Notes for readers who might want to make the flower : This one is also a modified version of the pattern, in that I turned the work and crocheted in the opposite direction for the second row of petals, in order to get them to turn outward and therefore open up the flower more. I also inadvertently made this one with 9 petals instead of 8 but it still turned out nicely, being a bit bigger than the one in the pattern.
My skein was 85 grams and I still have a tiny bit left after making the sweater and the brooch.]
Thanks very much for taking a look.