Boy’s Hooded Cardigan

Boy's CardiganA while ago I knitted this lovely boy’s hooded cardigan for my friend’s little boy, using this very versatile Sirdar pattern. The pattern has four designs for ages 0 – 6 years, and is suitable for boys or girls.

I prefer, where possible to knit with natural fibres so I swapped the suggested yarn of Sirdar Snuggly DK and chose instead King Cole Merino Blend DK. Being fairly new to knitting and swapping one yarn in a pattern for another, I didn’t think to check the difference in length between the two yarns, and so ended up using 6 balls of the King Cole in comparison to the 4 suggested for the 1-2 year size, which really bumped up the cost with all the extra postage charges. I wont be making that mistake again!

Ribbed PatternThe cardigan has a lovely ribbed pattern across the shoulders and for the whole of the hood, and as my first attempt at knitting a garment, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself after joining the front sides and back,  until I realised that I’d mixed up the left and right front sections and had also made another mistake in the shaping of the shoulders, on both sides!! Dutifully I took it all apart and unravelled the two front sections to knit again, making sure this time that I followed the pattern correctly, and also attached the right sides!

The rest of the knit went fairly smoothly (minus a call to ma to clarify a few points!) and once it was all finished and stitched toegether, I felt really pleased! This is also the first time that I’d tried blocking and I’m really pleased I went to the extra effort as it fluffed up the knit and regulated the shape. I used flattened bin bags on an mdf board and I was surprised at how quickly it dried, even though it did still smelt a bit ‘sheepy’.

Toggles

I finished off the cardigan with these gorgeous toggle buttons from ebay and voilà, two extra balls of yarn, an extra month and plenty of bad words later it was finished!

Even though the cardigan was slightly on the large side, my friend and her boy loved it which made it all the more worth while.

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