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Butterfly Short Sleeve Cardigan for Doll


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  • Short Rows

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The "Butterfly" Short Sleeve Cardigan is knit seamlessly, in fingering weight yarn. The texture at the bottom of the cardigan is created with 2 different slip stitch patterns - Lattice and Mock Honeycomb. The body of the cardigan is knit from the bottom up and the set-in sleeves are knit from the top down, in the round, using short rows. "Butterfly" is the perfect sweater for school, a walk in the woods or maybe even for chasing some butterflies! The body of the cardigan is knit back and forth, but the sleeves are knit in the round using double pointed needles or 2 circular needles. Knitting set-in sleeves using short row shaping may be unfamiliar to some. I have included row by row instructions for the short rows, including stitch counts. Instructions for wrapping stitches and picking up wraps are also included. This small sweater is a good opportunity to give this nifty technique a try! The cardigan is shown on American Girl dolls, but will fit other 18" (46 cm) play dolls with about an 11" (28 cm) chest circumference. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY increase decrease knit in the round (sleeves) kitchener stitch I-cord (instructions included) short rows (row by row instructions with stitch counts given) GAUGE 31 stitches over 4 inches (10cm) in stocking stitch. SUGGESTED YARN 155 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lanett Babyull Superwash

Supplies Needed

  • darning needle
  • 2mm needles (dpn or short circular)
  • 2.5mm needles (regular and dpn or 2 circulars for sleeves)

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I have been making things my whole life. My grandmothers both sewed and knit, and one made beautiful quilts as well (an endeavour that I'm not sure I have the patience for but would love to try). I don't really remember them actually teaching me to sew or knit. I think I just learned by watching. My Mom always kept a big bag of scrap fabric and she let me loose on the sewing machine at a very young age. I owe a lot to these three women for their patience and inspiration!