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Kate Oates is the designer for Tot Toppers & When I Grow Up. She enjoys designing hats and garments for babies and children in particular, these projects often reflect a whimsical spirit. Kate's When ...

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Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest

from Tot Toppers
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest
Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest
Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest
Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest
Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest
Mary Swanson Cardi-Vest

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • stranded colorwork
  • basic increasing & decreasing
  • three needle bind-off
  • picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

Worked in 1 piece from the bottom up featuring crossover ribbing and a Fair Isle design on front. Ribbing at armholes and front is picked up once sweater and hood are knit. Design features 2 collar options: a hood and a shawl collar. Hooded option shown in 37″ chest and shawl collar option shown in 40.5″ chest. Included are instructions to knit a shorter waist length sweater or a longer, hip hitting sweater. Both lengths shown in photo.


14 sts and 16 rows per 4 inches in stockinette

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Chest: 37(40.5, 43.75, 47.25, 50.75) inches
  • To fit: 34(37, 41, 44, 48) inches


  • 600(675, 750, 825, 900) yards MC (add'l 40 yards for hip length sweater) and approx. 20 yards each CC1 and CC2 bulky weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • Size 9 (5.5 mm) needles and set of 5 DPNs or 16" circulars, stitch markers
  • Notions: Five 1-inch buttons

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