FO – Quick Stitch Cardigan

Hi All! You might remember that a few days ago, I posted a dilemma with the baby cardigan I was knitting. I accidentally cast on too few stitches for the arm length, and wasn’t sure if I should frog all the seed stitch or continue on. I appreciate all of the advice I received and decided to just move forward. After some long hours, I finished a few minutes ago and it turned out super cute!

Here’s the info:

Ravelled Here: Quick Stitch Cardigan (3 month size)

Started / Finished: 7/22/16-7/30/16

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles + same size DPNs for the i-cord

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls in the color Flannel (77 grams)

Techniques New to Me: Cast on in middle of project with seed stitch, cast off in middle of project, i-cord ties, and seaming a hand knit sweater. This was my first complete sweater, not including a Christmas ornament 🙂

I decided to aggressively steam block the stockinette portions of the pattern, prior to sewing, and it made the already soft yarn even softer. I set my iron on the highest setting and used the steam button to soak the fabric, holding the iron as close to the fabric as I could without actually touching. While I let it dry, I made the i-cords for the ties. The original pattern calls for casting on a certain amount of stitches and then casting them off. I thought the i-cord would look better and that is what others have done as well. Here’s a pic of how I pinned it out.

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Excuse the bad lighting…I was in a hallway.

I can now see why it takes some of my friends awhile to complete the finishing steps on knitted items. I think in the future, I will definitely look for something that is knit in the round…maybe a raglan type sweater or one that is top down. Since it is a baby cardigan, I only had to sew up the sleeves and the sides; however it took quite a while to finish it and make everything match. I used the mattress stitch and learned that you have to make sure the sewing is done with the right side showing. I started out with it wrong side out. Eek! It was totally worth it and will go beautifully with the hat and booties I made out of the same ball of yarn. I think I’m finished with baby items for a little while 🙂 Now, back to my socks.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. MrsCraft says:

    That’s really sweet, I love the colour too. 😊

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  2. Knit Potion says:

    Oh, wow! That turned out super cute!! Perfect for a precious little baby body! 🙂

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    1. I’m in love with it! Thank you!

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  3. whip1up says:

    Perfection!

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  4. Thank you! I think so too!

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  5. I think it looks just right, sleeve length and all! And I agree that the I cord is a better way to go. I always think it looks so smooth and finished. One of these days I will have to try your steam blocking technique. It seems to work really well!

    The sweater is going to look so sweet on!

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    1. Thank you, Alex! I think it looks just right too 🙂 I’m so glad I steam blocked it first. It made the edges of stockinette that were curling lay flat. I’m happy that I learned the technique and am able to pass it on.

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  6. This turned out so cute! I love the i-cord tie!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! Now that I’ve looked at a few other patterns, I probably should have gone down a needle size for the i-cord; however I love it too!

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      1. I think it looks just perfect as is!

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  7. Stefanie says:

    Great job. I really like the color. I’m glad you’ve made peace with it.

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    1. Thank you, Stefanie!

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  8. Definitely super cute! Well done. And yes, not yet met a knitter who likes sewing up 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Yes, that was my least favorite part 😀

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      1. I can spend months not sewing up 🙂

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