Itty Bitty Cardigan Vest

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I finished knitting this itty bitty top for Pon Pon! This is sort of a hybrid between a vest and a short-sleeve cardigan, so I guess I’ll call it … well …. a cardigan vest! Very creative, I know!

I was initially going to knit a long-sleeve cardigan, but realized that Pon Pon will be here in the spring, and she’ll only have a few short months to enjoy a warm and cozy sweater, before summer sneaks up. I figured a shorter sleeve may have a longer shelf life.

I’m particularly proud of this cardigan vest because this is my own, original design!  biggrin  I took things I liked from other patterns and incorporated them into this one-of-a-kind garment. It’s a very simple pattern but I absolutely adore it.  I used Rowan Belle Organic DK by Amy Butler in Basil (if I’m not mistaken, this color is discontinued).

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I wanted to make sure that I knit this in one piece to avoid as much seaming as possible, so I knit the back, right, and left panels together using a 29-inch circular needle in size 5, from the bottom up. This is a much better method for me so I don’t have to worry about armholes not matching or accidentally knitting one side longer than the other, etc.

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This is what the panel looks like when front pieces are folded. Once the panel is complete, I sewed the shoulders (this was the only seaming I had to do for the entire garment) and picked up stitches around the neck (garter stitch), as well as sleeves (stockinette stitch).  I used the magic loop method for knitting the sleeves in the round (I wish I knew about this fabulous method before I purchased all the circular needles in different lengths when I first started knitting).  cry

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I still need to sew on buttons. I’m thinking cute, flower-shaped buttons so that this green vest can look a little more girly.

Knitting for a baby is so much fun and extremely satisfying because you can knit a garment really quickly. This vest only took two days for me to make, which may be long for some, but I consider it a quick knit considering that I’m not a particularly fast knitter.

I can’t wait to put this on Pon Pon in a few months!

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