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I'm Leeana Gardiner, and I design knitting patterns for babies, children and adults. I aim to design colourful patterns to keep you, the knitter, interested. I love cables and bright colours, ...

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Katren (child)

from Whirlsie's Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Katren (child)
Katren (child) Katren
Katren (child) Katren - back
Katren (child)
Katren (child) Katren - sleeves

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • work buttonholes
  • work cables
  • read charts
  • work in the round
  • knit
  • purl
  • increase
  • decrease

Pattern Description:

Katren is the tender-hearted character from The Ancient Future by Traci Harding, a well-loved book of mine. When thinking of Katren, hearts come to mind, as she is a kind, sweet heart and the mother hen of the Chosen. Rags to riches, this cropped cardigan shows the elegance of being a lady with the practical long sleeves of a commoner. Designed to keep the chest and heart warm of your little one, the cute, single cable pattern extends down the arms to the cuff, showing everyone a mother's love, just like Katren's.

Also available in 4 ply for babies (sizes 0-12 months)

12 months (18 months, 2 years, 3 years), (4 years, 5 years, 6 years), (7 years, 8 years, 10 years)

Approximate Yarn: 115g (130g, 145g, 165g), (180g, 200g, 220g), (250g, 285g, 320g) DK weight yarn
Approximate Yardage: 230m (260m, 290m, 330m), (360m, 395m, 440m), (500m, 570m, 635m) or 250 (285, 320,
360), (395, 430, 480), (546, 625, 695) yards
You will also need 4-6 buttons depending on size


22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stocking stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12 months (18 months, 2 years, 3 years), (4 years, 5 years, 6 years), (7 years, 8 years, 10 years)


  • 252 - 694 yards (230 - 635 m) DK (8ply) yarn
  • US 6 or 4.0 mm circular knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • buttons
  • 4 stitch markers
  • cable needle
  • darning needle

Suggested yarn:

694 yards of DK weight