Little Avalyn by Vanessa Smith

Little Avalyn

Knitting
March 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28.5 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Lattice Rib
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
513 - 932 yards (469 - 852 m)
6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years) / At chest, button bands overlapping: 19 (20, 21½, 22½, 24½, 27, 29)” / 48 (51, 55, 57, 62, 69, 74) cm
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Little Avalyn is a miniature-sized version of Avalyn, a timeless, elegant piece with classic design details. If you’re looking for a sweater for a little gentleman, don’t let the feminine name of this pattern stop you—this cardigan looks great on girls and boys alike! The rib‑based, allover lattice texture and chunky cables together with the cardigan’s folded cuffs and shawl collar will keep your little one warm and cozy in sophisticated style.

This cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down using raglan shaping. The yoke is knit first and stitches are placed on hold for the sleeves. The body is then worked to the hem. Upon completion of the body, stitches are picked up along the edges of the cardigan for the shawl collar, which is shaped using short rows before the button band is worked. Finally, the sleeves are resumed and worked seamlessly in the round from the top down.

Interested in knitting this for an adult? Check out the original version of this pattern for adult women, Avalyn, available in sizes XS-3XL.

Sizes
6 months (12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years)

Finished Measurements
At chest, button bands overlapping: 19 (20, 21½, 22½, 24½, 27, 29)” / 48 (51, 55, 57, 62, 69, 74) cm

Cardigan is intended to be worn with approximately 1–2” (3–5 cm) positive ease.

Yarn
513 (540, 581, 751, 810, 890, 932) yards / 469 (494, 531, 687, 741, 813, 852) meters plied sport weight yarn.

Cardigan shown in 4 years/24½” (62 cm) size and Madelinetosh Tosh Sport (sport weight, 100% superwash merino wool) in colorway ‘Molly Ringwald.’

Needles

  • US 2½ (3 mm) circular needle, 32” (81 cm) or longer
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle, 32” (81 cm) or longer
  • (1) Additional US 2½ (3 mm) circular needle of the same length OR (1) 60” (152 cm) circular needle
  • Appropriate needles of the same two sizes for your preferred method of knitting sleeves in the round

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge
28.5 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in lattice rib, using larger needles, after blocking

Notions

  • (8) Stitch markers, color A
  • (6) Stitch markers, color B
  • (6) Removable markers
  • (2) Cable needles (see pattern notes on page 3)
  • Waste yarn or spare circular needles/cords
  • Size 4 (2 mm) crochet hook (for picking up sts)
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5) Size ⅞ (⅞, ⅞, ⅞, ⅞, 1⅛, 1⅛)” / 23 (23, 23, 23, 23, 28, 28) mm buttons

Notes

  • This pattern contains both written and charted instructions.

  • Cabling without a cable needle is highly recommended for this pattern. If this technique is new to you, or to see how it was used in this pattern, please watch the accompanying YouTube video at https://youtu.be/jqXP5Hl7Hfw.