After the relative success of my dusky pink cardigan, I decided I needed to get more practice learning to assemble knitted garment pieces before I took the plunge to tackle another adult sized cardie/sweater. So, with that in mind, I rummaged through my computer files, where I save any free patterns that take my fancy. And this is the one I chose to knit.
The model “CHERI” designed by Martin Storey for Rowan yarns. I immediately knew I wasn’t going to bother crocheting the cherries. My crochet skills don’t need practice, and I honestly thought the dangling cherries were just a bit “too much”. What attracted me to this pattern was the short sleeves, short bodice and very much a bolero style. The idea being, to have a pattern which would knit up quickly, to give me the chance to try my hand at assembly.
And here’s my very plain version of this pattern.
I think you’ll agree there is definite improvement in my assembly skills. I chose pattern size 2-3 years (Daisy measuring 92cm tall, so not quite a size 3 years). I used leftovers of my dusky pink and knitted on 3.75mm and 4.5mm needles to get the correct gauge.
And had a good rummage in my button box, where I found some very discreet pale pink plastic buttons.
I am so pleased with how it turned out. My confidence is soaring . . . but not quite ready to attempt the XL men’s sweater for the Husband just yet.
What I have done though . . . is cast on to follow this pattern a second time. My second version is going to be in a size 1-2 years, and for Baby Viking. She is 5 months old now and sooooooooo cute lol. Anyway, I thought this pattern style would be perfect and a 1-2 year size should be good for this autumn or next spring. Here’s a sneak peek of yarns I’m working with. I’m using Stylecraft Special DK in “citron” for the garter stitching, and a very zany Marriner Mermaid DK for the rest.
That’s the 2 sleeves already made. Now to put on my sunglasses and have more fun watching this Marriner Mermaid yarn change colour. Viking parents have said I can go as bright as I like, so I’ve taken that literally!