Pattern: Springtime in Hollis by Teresa Cole
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Aran
I came across the pattern for this cardigan on Alicia's blog, when I saw her beautiful version here. Alicia has been knitting, sewing and crocheting beautiful baby and toddler garments over the last few months, as she and her husband Andy are waiting to adopt a baby girl. She'll be the best dressed child in Portland!I thought this cardigan would be too difficult for me to knit, but it wasn't at all. The stitch pattern is one of those that looks far more tricky than it is. Simple but effective!
You can't really see the buttons clearly in these photos, but they are aqua blue with little white polka dots. These polka dot buttons make it onto most of my children's knits these days.
I'd really recommend this pattern for all advanced beginner or intermediate knitters. The top down construction is great for those knitters who don't like seaming garments and there are several variations included in the pattern, including three sleeve options (Alicia knitted the elbow length sleeves on her version) and instructions for versions with a hood or the simple v-necked collar I used.
I think this is one of my favourite ever knits and I'm sure I'll be making more; I have plans to knit one for Eleanor's 2nd birthday in October.