Harvard Square Cardigan

March 11th, 2007 | View Comments

Harvard Square Cardigan

Pattern: Harvard Square Cardigan, from Knitting for Baby, 9-month size
Yarn: MC—Baby Pure DK (#502), CC1—Sirdar Snuggly DK (#0377), CC2—Plymouth Dreambaby DK (#201), 1 skein each
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 6 (4mm)

Aww, another itty bitty sweater! Baby sweaters are so quick, yet so gratifying.

This project represents a few firsts for me

The stripes are skinny enough that I just carried the colors up the sides, rather than cutting and having to weave in eleventy billion ends.

The buttons are knit on like beads, and then reinforced with thread.

I also made a few modifications to the pattern. First, the pattern calls for rolled edges on the bottom and the sleeves. I opted for regular ol’ garter stitch to match the neck edging and button band.

Second, the pattern calls for five colors; I pared that down to three to accommodate the yarn I already had. I do love the five-color version in the book, though; maybe I will knit one of those eventually.

I didn’t make a straight color substitution to reduce the number of colors; I fiddled a bit with the stripe sequence to account for how much of each color I had, and to get a pleasing pattern. The stripe sequence I wound up using is this:

Rows 1 and 2: Knit in CC1
Rows 3 and 4: Knit in MC
Rows 5 and 6: Knit in CC2
Rows 7 and 8: Knit in MC
Rows 9 and 10: Knit in CC1
Row 11: Knit in MC
Rows 12-16: Work in seed stitch in MC
Rows 17 and 18: Knit in CC1
Rows 19 and 20: Knit in MC
Rows 21 and 22: Knit in CC2
Row 23: Knit in MC
Rows 24-28: Work in seed stitch in MC
Rows 29-30: Knit in CC2
Rows 31-32: Knit in MC

Here’s a closeup of the stripe sequence:

Harvard Square Cardigan: Detail

Recipient: TBD. There’s a wave of babies around here! Which is totally awesome for me, because I have no babies of my own to knit for.

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  1. Tammy says:

    The sweater turned out so beautiful. I love the colours.

  2. KathyMarie says:

    I really dig the idea of buttons knit on like beads. I’m currently in button-band hell (sort of — I’ve banished that project for a bit) for the first time and would love to use this technique. Thank you!