Little Garter Cardi
This time Knitting Iceland brings you a lovely free pattern for a baby/toddler cardigan by Ragga Eiriksdottir. The seamless design makes it really comfortable for the little person in your life.
Download the free pattern
Here is what Ragga has to say about the cardi:
“This little cardigan was designed under great influence from the late and great Elizabeth Zimmerman, loved by knitters worldwide and known by many as the Yoda of knitting (!). EZ liked to make practical no nonsense garments most often incorporating little tricks that would in some way advance the knitter to a new level of skills or knowledge.”
The cardi was first published along with the instructional knitting DVD “Prjónum saman” (Icelandic), published by Knitting Iceland in 2009.
In this project Lopi light is used with unusually large needles. The unique quality of Lopi allows the knitter to choose from a wide range of needles since the Lopi will “bloom” and fill out the space it is given.
Sizes and materials
Sizes: 3-6 mo (9-12 mo) 2-3 y
Yarn: Lopi light, 50g/1.75 oz, ca. 100m/109yd: 80 (100) 120g / 2.8 (3.5) 4.2 oz
Needles: 80 cm/32” circular needles 7mm/US11
Gauge: 14 stitches x 26 rows = 10x10cm/4×4”
Some scrap yarn in a different color, a needle for weaving in ends and grafting, cute buttons.
About the methods and techniques
The cardigan is knit from the top in garter stitch. The cast on at the neckline is provisional, that means you’ll have live (open) stitches until you finish the neckline with an i-cord cast off right at the end.
An i-cord edge is worked at both edges all the way from the neckline to the hem. The i-cord continues into the i-cord cast off worked both at the hem and the neckline. This creates a seamless i-cord edge all around the opening of the cardigan. I-cord cast off is also used for the sleeves for a cute match.
As you work your way down the shoulder piece, increases are worked to shape the yoke.
Stitches for the sleeves are kept on pieces of scrap yarn while the body is finished.
Buttonholes are made by making a YO followed by K2tog.