I had intended to make the pretty Corlyna Cardigan (by Belinda Boaden) from the Scrumptious Baby Collection as a Christmas present for my new niece Rosa. Life rather got in the way of my plans, so instead, I cast it on over the Christmas break. We were all staying down in Dorset with Jim's parents, and my nephew Alex (aged 6) decided that he wanted to do some knitting. Funnily enough, the cardigan starts with a little garter stitch neck border, so we sat together and Alex knitted the first few rows with not too much help from me at all. He was very pleased with himself, and I can't wait to show him pictures of the finished cardigan he helped to make. It's not quite there yet though...
The yoke is complete (that cluster stitch pattern isn't too tricky with sufficiently pointy needles and a bit of patience - I made a You Tube video of it some months back), and I've done nearly all of the sleeves. I decided that I'm too lazy to sew sleeve seams, so I did them in the round using the magic loop technique. If you follow the pattern as knitted, it's all worked flat, with not too much finishing required. The second sleeve is almost done and then it should be plain sailing all the way down the body to the hem.
The stitch pattern on the yoke is really pretty - Alex thought it looked like flowers, and I'm torn between flowers and little shells. I'm not sure what sort of buttons to use, but at the moment I'm considering something really contrasting - possibly a loud orange or pink!
The yarn is an absolute delight. It's Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/Sport in the Jen's Green colourway, and this is great for children's garments as it is 45% silk and 55% superwash merino - both super soft and practical too!
You can see my project notes and all the details over on my Ravelry page here: JenACKnitwear's Corlyna Cardigan
Once this is complete, I need to crack on with a cardi for littlest nephew. This one is a new design, and was nearly complete before Christmas, before I decided that there was a better way to do it and pulled the whole thing out. This is why I don't normally do too much designing - my projects need to spend too much time on the naughty step before I am happy with them! It will hopefully be worth it though!