Li'l Hugs & Kisses Cardigan by Therese Chynoweth
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Li'l Hugs & Kisses Cardigan

Knitting
August 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in color work pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
346 - 625 yards (316 - 572 m)
3 (6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36) months
This pattern is available from patternfish.com for $6.00.

This standard fitting cardigan in infant and small toddler sizes is the perfect place to practice your stranded color knitting technique, and learn to steek a front and armholes. Loads of photos walk you through the finishing. Although the colors used for this little charmer are subtle, you can easily customize them with a pastel or bright colorway. This would also be a great place to use a special hand dyed colorway in place of all the contrasting colors.

Years ago, a yarn shop owner asked me if I knew about a decorative bind-off method that creates a cabled look along the join. I had to admit that I hadn’t but would see if I could find out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any instructions for such a bind-off. But with this cardigan, I decided to see if I could work out one. I’m pleased with the result, and hope you’ll find it intriguing, too. It can seem to be a bit fiddly at first, but is pretty easy to get the hang of.

Chest: 18¾ (20, 20¾, 21¼, 22, 23¼, 25)“ / 47.5 (51, 52.5, 54, 56, 59, 63.5) cm
Length: 9½ (10¼, 10¾, 11¼, 11¾, 12½, 13)” / 24 (26, 27.5, 28.5, 30, 32, 33) cm

Yarn needed: DK Weight (Light #3) yarn
MC: 205 (232, 252, 274, 296, 325, 367) yds / 187 (212, 230, 250, 270, 297, 335) m
CC1: 51 (59, 65, 69, 76, 82, 93) yds / 46 (54, 59, 63, 69, 75, 85) m
CC2: 20 (23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 36) yds / 18 (21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33) m
CC3: 17 (21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 33) yds / 15 (19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 30) m
CC4: 53 (60, 66, 71, 77, 85, 96) yds / 48 (55, 60, 65, 70, 78, 88) m

Yarn used: Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort (80% fine wool, 20% cotton); 180 yds / 164 m per 2 oz / 56.7 g hank;
MC: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) hanks; Suede
CC1–CC4: 1 hank each; Silver (CC1), Denim (CC2), Weathered Green (CC3), Storm (CC4)
4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) buttons, 3/4” / 19 mm diameter