Like many mothers of small children who also knit, I’ve made my fair share of Milo by Georgie Hallam, the sweet little vest that seems to be perennially popular. But it wasn’t until recently when I started following her on Instagram that I discovered the full extent of her fabulous pattern back catalogue found on the Ravelry shop Tikki
And when I did I was hooked. This summer I’ve knitted two of the cardigan designs for my girls.
The first is Jane. A sweet little cardigan with an unusual construction knit from DK weight yarn.I wanted a warm soft cardigan with a v-neck for my middle daughter
(Little Miss) for school this year. I used Blacker Swan Island overdyed DK in Navy that I bought from Brit Yarn. It is an very, very soft and warm wool, absolutely beautiful stuff.
I made a few mods to the pattern, the sleeves I worked to full length (the pattern has elbow length sleeves) and added two more sets of decreases once I had worked the length indicated at the same spacings as directed for the upper arms (where I did all the decreases suggested in the pattern), that has created a lovely tapering sleeve.
The pattern sample only meets at the front and has no buttons, I wanted a cardigan that my little girl can button on a cold morning or evening if needed. In school which is overly heated, she never buttons her cardigan, but the morning and evening ride to school can be chilly in winter. I’ve made one size bigger than indicated by her measurement and that together with the fact that she is a thin little miss, means that the front bands can easily overlap on the front. I added four more of the
eyelet patterns that feature in the pattern down one of the moss stitch front bands, that allows the cardigan to close with five buttons, but easily hangs open comfortably most of the time. I backed the front band that has the buttons on it with some navy ribbon with Dala horses on it, it adds a pretty touch that my little girl is very happy with.
I’m very happy with how this cardigan turned out. It’s soft and warm and will keep my Little Miss comfortable and cosy at school this year. I’ll be interested to see how it will wear given that the yarn is so very soft, but it seems very strong for all its softness and the pill buster is on hand if needed. I’ll make a follow up post in a while when I know how it’s fairing.
The second Tikki cardigan that I made this summer is Posy 8ply for my oldest daughter Posy. She is a very tall twelve year old, so the biggest size was too small for her. I had some Hje
rtegarn Lima that I’d bought years ago from Meadow Yarn it’s a light worsted weight, so I thought that if I knitted the biggest size with slightly heavier yarn I’d end up with a cardigan that would fit her and it sort of worked!
When Danni of Little Bobbins announced her purposeful knit along I was reminded of this yarn and I realised that if I didn’t get it knitted up soon, then she’d have grown to much and I wouldn’t have enough yarn to make a cardigan with full sleeves. I could of course have used the wool for one of her younger sisters, but this colour is SO Posy’s colour that it would seem a shame to not use it for her. I’ve used Hjertegarn Lima a number of times before and have always been happy how it has worn and washed. it’s not superwash which suits me as I prefer to handwash my bigger hand knit items, and although there is some pilling, it cleans off easily and pills considerably less with time.
Other than the yarn, I made no modifications. I also didn’t swatch, which it totally unheard of for me, I usually bang on endlessly to anyone who will listen about the importance of swatching. This cardigan is certainly a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do!’ In the event it has turned out a little big, there is really quite a lot of ease. But she is growing very fast at the moment and it’s certainly not too big for her to wear.This was a lovely pattern to work on, just enough interest to keep me going, but easy enough that I could pick it up and put it down as needed, really that’s my ideal in a pattern.