I Made it Girly!

So I am not going to use the  arrival of Camryn as an excuse for why I was still working on this sweater on the day it was to be given as a gift.  Ok, yes I am.  With all the excitement surrounding  her birth  the sweater fell off my radar.  I would  work on bits and pieces  as I sat  beside Camryn’s cot in the NICU.  But  only getting bits and pieces done left a fair amount to do by the time this weekend rolled around.  The good news  is  that I learned how to knit with a baby in my arms.  A skill I will need if I am  going to get any knitting projects done  for the next little while.

So here’s the pattern for the girl version of the sweater:

Girly Skull Yoke Cardigan

Size: This will fit a 2-3 year old.

You will need:

Four colors of worsted weight yarn.

2 balls Main color (MC)  light grey

1 ball each of charcoal grey (A), pink (B)  white(C),

Circular Needles, size 4.5 , 29 inches

2 –  Circular needles size 4.5, 16 inches

4 – Stitch markers

2 stitch holders


With MC cast on 72 stitches.  Work 7 rows of K1 P1.Work one row purl. Switch to A and work two rows of stockinette. Increase 13 stitches as follows K6 *M1 K5, repeat from * until 7 stitches remain then M1 K6. Purl one row. Increase 20 stitches across row as follows K4 *M1 K4, repeat from *18 times, M1 K5.  You should have 105 stitches. Work one row in stockinette. Next row increase 28 stitches across the row as follows K12 *M1 K3, repeat from * 26 times M1 K6 M1 K6 for a total of 134.

Knit 2, join color B and begin the skull pattern.  You will repeat the skull 10 times and have 2 stitches at the beginning and the end of the row to allow for picking up stitches for the ribbing and button sections.  Work row  one first and remember this sweater is knit from the top down.  After row 16 of the skull pattern  work one row in color A.  In the next row increase 28 stitches evenly across the row as follows, K13  *M1 K9 repeat from *  26 times.  M1 K12 for a total of 161 stitches.   Work 3 rows of stockinette (in color A).  In next row  increase 19 stitches as follows: K4 *M1 K9  repeat from  17 times. M1 K4 for a total of 168 stitches.

1 C
2 C C
3 C B B B B B
4 C C B B B B B B B
5 C B B B B B B B
6 B B B
7 B B B
8 B B B B
9 B B B
10 B B B B B
11 B B B B B B
12 B B B B B B
13 B B B
14 B B B B B B
15 B B B B B B
16 B B

Skull Pattern with Bow

                                  C=  Pink    B= White

In the next row (Wrong Side), join C and  begin working the zig zag chart.  After the fourth row work one row in stockinette in the main color.

Zig Zag Chart

1 A A C A
2 A C C C
3 C C MC C

                  A=Charcoal            C= Pink         MC= Main Color


In the next knit row knit to the first marker and place the stitches between the 1st and second markers on a  stitch holder.  These will be the stitches for the sleeve. Knit to the third marker.  Take the stitches between the 3rd and  4th markers and place them on another stitch holder.  Knit to the end of the row.  Continue knitting the stitches to the end of the row.  Continue the body in stockinette until it measures 13 ½ inches.  Work 10 rows of K1 P1 and then bind off.


Place the stitches for one sleeve back on needles.  If you prefer not to use DPN’s then you can use  2 sets of circular needles instead to get the same results.  Join main color and work in the round.  *Work 8 rows and then at the beginning of the next row knit 2 together.  Repeat  from the * until the sleeve measures 13 inches. Work 10 rows of K1 P1  and then bind off.  Repeat for the other sleeve.

Button Hole Bands: 

Pick up 3 stitches for every four rows along the left front cardigan edge for the button band.  Work 8 rows of K1 P1 and bind off.  Pick up the same number of stitches on the right front side of the cardigan.  Work 3 rows of K1 P1 ribbing.  In next row  work eyelet  buttonholes in the places you would like them (Make eyelet buttonholes by working  up to the place you would like the buttonhole, then YO, K2Tog and continue to the next spot you  would like a button hole). Work four more rows of K1 P1 ribbing and then bind off.

To finish the sweater weave in all the loose ends and  attach your buttons.

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