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Baby Cardigan... With Sprinkles On Top.

I came across this really cute pattern for a baby cardigan on Pinterest, but there was only one size and it was for an 18-month old. I though it's a bit too early to start to knit things that far ahead so I decided to use the pattern as a guideline but go down with needle sizes and yarn weight. I used DK weight Garnstudio Drops Lima that was left over from my Fuse cardigan. I made the cast on edge and the two first rows of every part (except the hood) with lighter grey Drops Karisma (the last bits of the colorway I used for my Maeve shrug).

I first started knitting with 3.0mm needles, but that gave too small a fit so I started again with 4.0mm needles. In the hindsight 3.5mm would have been the perfect size because I was aiming for a cardigan that would fit a six-month old but ended up something for maybe a 9-month old instead.

I didn't do the buttonholes but instead picked up stitches around both fronts and the hood, knitted one row and then finished the edge with 3-sticth i-cord and incorporated the buttonholes to it. When I had sewed all the seams and finished the edgings I decided that I actually liked the WS more than the RS; I like the delicate stitch details that make a thin border around the edge. 

I didn't want the baby cardigan to be too grey and boring so I added some colorful buttons and a pompom with the same shades to the top of the hood. I used Kate Davies's amazing tutorial for making button covers and I think the result is really cute. The yarns I used for the buttons and pompom are Drops Baby Merino #13 navy and #25 lavender, plus some Drops Cotton Merino #04 lilac. I think the pompom looks like a ball of sprinkles :)

I also made a matching little hat and tiny slippers to match the cardigan. I used Garnstudio's Drops Baby Merino in two shades of grey. And I made a similar - but lightly bigger - pompom for the hat as well. I'm really happy about this set for the baby. I'm sure he (and I) will love them when he's big enough to use them. 

 Pattern: Paletot à capuche / Hooded baby jacket by Mme Bottedefoin 
Yarns: Drops Lima #519 dark grey
and Drops Karisma #72 light pearl grey
Needles: 4.0 mm

Baby hat
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #20 and #22
Needles: 2.5mm

Baby Slippers
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #20 and #22
Needles: 2.5mm


  1. ooh, that set is so sweet and adorable!! I love the buttons and the pom pom, it's all about the great little details, isn't it?

    1. I totally agree with you about the details, the cardigan was pretty before the buttons and the pompom but the addition of those really made the piece in my opinion. I especially love the buttons, can't believe I only now found the tutorial! I don't know how I survived before Pinterest :)

  2. What a cute set! The colorful details are just amazing! So adorable!

    1. Thank you! I really like how they turned out as well :)

  3. Soo cute with the little pompom on top of the pointed hood! The buttons are really great too, I'll have to remember that one.

    1. This was the first time I tried the button tutorial, it's so great! I'm thinking all the projects I can use them on. Knitting cardigans just got that much more fun!


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