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Editor's choice Worthy by Kelly Brooker on the LoveKnitting blog

Published on March 26th, 2016 | by Merion

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Editor’s Choice: Worthy by Kelly Brooker

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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!

knitted cardigan: Worthy by Kelly Brooker on the LoveKnitting blog

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.

knitted cardigan pattern: Worthy by Kelly Brooker on the LoveKnitting blog

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!

knitted cardigan pattern: Worthy by Kelly Brooker on the LoveKnitting blog

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!

knitted cardigan pattern: stylecraft sundae dk on the LoveKnitting blog

Stylecraft Sundae DK in Blackberry Crush (3703), Mint Chip (3701) and Rasperry Ripple (3702)

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!

knitted cardigan pattern: Louisa Harding Azalea on the loveKnitting blog

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!

knitted cardigan pattern: Manos del Urugyuay Serena Semi Solid on the LoveKnitting blog

Manos del Uruguay Serena Semi Solid – a cool, gentle alpaca & cotton blend

 Do you know a little darling in need of a cardigan? Tell us all in the comments!

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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.


Last updated: March 25th, 2016.

3 Responses to Editor’s Choice: Worthy by Kelly Brooker

  1. Lu says:

    Such a cute sweater. I have a darling grandgirl that I love to knit for. Will have to keep this yarn in mind for a future project. Thank you for the info.

  2. Sharon RAPOPORT says:

    Would this be suitable for a boy?

  3. joan compaan-venter says:

    I love your designs. Thanks. Joan

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