Editor’s Choice: Worthy by Kelly Brooker
Is there a garment more useful for little girls than a cardigan? Merion finds a perfect little cardi with an ombré yoke, bang on trend and blissfully simple!
Worthy by Kelly Brooker – isn’t that the sweetest smile?
Ombré is everywhere at the moment – the technique of sliding one colour into another colour into another very gently. Some variegated yarns will do this for you automatically, and there are now new gradient yarns on the market that take you seamlessly from one shade to another! This beautiful cardigan is simplicity itself, enhanced by an ombréd yoke using Noro Silk Garden Lite, a stunning blend of silk, mohair and wool. The sleeves and body of the cardi are knitted in Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash, a super cosy yarn that knits up a treat in over 30 shades!
Any DK yarn will work fabulously here. This simple cardi is knitted top down, with the sleeves added last. You could knit the whole cardi in any DK, and make it a solid colour if you like – or, go the whole hog and knit it all in variegated yarn.
What drew me to this pattern was the shape of the cardi – such a staple for over summer dresses or t-shirts – and the fact that this pattern comes in several sizes from a 35 to 72.5cm chest – by my calculations that takes you from 6 months to 12 years! Fantastic!
You could knit this classic in wool or a wool blend, you could knit it in something sparkly for parties, and for children who can’t tolerate wool, knit it in your favourite acrylic, or cotton. It is cotton I’m thinking about, with warmer weather on the horizon, and the dream of summer dresses!
Look at this beautiful Stylecraft Sundae DK – a gorgeous tonal variegated cotton DK that comes in three sweet shades!
Finish the bottom half of the cardi in a plain Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK to recreate the ombre look!
Another absolute favourite of mine is Louisa Harding’s Azalea. Deliciously soft and gorgeous to knit, Azalea comes in 11 sumptuous blended tonal shades, and a whole cardi in this would be so comfy for little arms to slide into!
For a special treat, Manos del Uruguay’s Serena Semi Solid is a joy to knit! 60% alpaca, 40% cotton, Serena Semi Solid is beautiful soft and kind to skin and the shades are absolutely divine! Just look at these! From left to right, the beautiful gently minted English (2302), vibrant Flamingo (2144) and sleepy Lilac (2672) – all very cardigan-worthy indeed! This yarn is a luxury option, but when you are only making a small cardigan, it is very much more affordable!
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Last updated: March 25th, 2016.