I was completely charmed when I first spotted this pattern. So much so that I briefly considered making four, for my youngest nieces. Fortunately, I realized even the best pattern gets tedious, and scaled back my plans to just two baby cardigans, one for each of my infant nieces. I wish I had a picture of the cherubic little cousins together their cardigans, but the second wasn’t finished in time for a family get together this weekend. That would have been the best way to do the sweaters justice.
The second cardigan has one small modification, but otherwise followed the pattern exactly. I thought the pink section was a little small on my first sweater, so the top sweater has an extra 5 rows of pink (with the eyelet row occuring 5 rows early too). I think it changes the impression quite a bit; on the original (below) the pink seems like a collar detail or embellishment, but on the second it looks more like a wedge of watermelon across the yoke.
The end results, like any well-written infant patterns, are adorable, but I think these sweaters proved to be a little less than the sum of their parts. The pattern is written for Manos Cotton Stria, which has been discontinued, so I had to find a different yarn. I quickly settled on Cascade Ultra Pima, which worked perfectly for my cap sleeve lattice top. It’s soft, washable cotton and comes in a wide variety of colours. While both the yarn and the pattern are fabulous on their own, I’m not sure they’re a great pair – the pink is a little too saturated to convey watermelon, and the sweaters are just a little floppier than I’d like. However, despite any small disatisfactions, I do think their owners make these sweaters pretty cute!