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Cardigans!

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

I showed you the buttons yesterday. Today it’s time to show you where they ended up.

I am getting awfully predictable, telling you how fun it is to dress up little girls every time I have an opportunity to do it, but I can’t help myself. I really do get such a kick out of putting together sweet itty bitty outfits like these.

I usually like to steer away from pink, but I am not sure what happened this time. I seemed to have driven right into it.

All of the outfits feature handknit sweaters from the same pattern (In Threes – an appropriate title, given the number of them here) over tees and pull-on jeans from The Children’s Place.

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

This one is for my 3-year-old friend Cordelia, who is very petite, and for whom a 2T even looks a bit on the large side. I hope it fits her, but if it doesn’t, I’m sure she will grow into it.

I went with Berroco Vintage in Mushroom for this one. It has inspired me to knit myself something in that color soon. As I was stitching, I noticed it looked great up against my red gingham shirt and dark wash jeans.

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

Cordelia’s twin sister Natalie gets this set. It is also a 2T. This one really conks you over the head with the pink. Again, not sure what came over me… (I do really like it, though.)

This one was also done in Vintage. Color: Sakura.

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

Three little handknit sweaters with custom polymer buttons at Polka Dot Cottage

This last one is for my niece, who will be one year old next month. I made the 18-month size, which I hope will give her some room to grow. I’ve made this pattern for her before, as you can see here.

The yarn is Knitpicks Swish Tonal in Pearlescent.

And now, cute as they are, I am officially done making this pattern. Three in a row is my limit.

I am so not a “production” knitter at heart 🙂

9 thoughts on “Cardigans!

  1. So adorable, Lisa… the buttons are just the right playful accent!

    I, too, was desperate to sew “cute” girly wear after having four boys. How fortunate that Baby Sis obliged by donating twin girls to the cause 😉 Now that they are graduating (huh!!! how did that happen???) I really need to find new victims LOL.

    1. I love how you refer to them as “victims” 🙂

      1. The twins were actually incredibly patient with their Auntie, as I recall… also natural models who LOVED posing for their Mum, a great amateur photog 🙂

  2. I just love those cute sweaters. Seeing them with the outfits is so much fun. I’m so glad that you made buttons to match. I loved seeing your process pictures (precise dot placement) in the previous post. I first began working with clay in order to make matching buttons for my handknits. I know a button tutorial, linked from your project page on Ravelry, would be a great idea.

    I think that this sweater should fit a wide range of sizes since it is sleeveless. So, I wouldn’t worry too much about the fit. They should get a lot of wear (and compliments) out of these great sweaters.

    1. Thanks, Francie. The precise dot placement (it turns out) was kind of a waste on these small buttons, since you really couldn’t tell that there was any precision involved, but I do use that method for my crochet hooks, and it makes for a really nice evenly-spaced dot pattern on the handles.

  3. Oh, how cute! I have 6 nephews, sigh. Never a chance to knit the pink girlie things.

    1. I hear you. Two sons and three nephews over here. The girl thing is still such a novelty!

  4. Thank you for sharing the delights of this pattern! I downloaded it, and are on row 12! The buttons are next. Love this site. Polkadots rule!

    1. Excellent 🙂 It goes so nice and quickly, doesn’t it? I love seeing a sweater come together so quickly. The grown-up sizes take so much longer!

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