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Worked seamlessly from the top down Wee Chickadee is the perfect introduction to both this style of garment construction and stranded colourwork. There are only eight purl rows worked in two colours so the bulk (and potential scariness) of cutting / steeking your knitting is avoided. Sized from three months to four years with garter stitch cuffs that look equally good folded up or down. The cardigan is shown in an easy care superwash wool and only small amounts of the contrast colours are required — perfect for using up odds and ends. Directions are given for working buttonholes on either the boy (buttonholes on the left) or girl side (buttonholes on the right). Or defy convention and work them on the side that’s easier for adults to button (buttons on the side of your dominant hand are a little easier). Elizabeth Zimmermann’s trick of working buttonholes on both sides so the buttons can be switched on a hand me down is also an option. Wherever you put the buttonholes, don’t forgot to sew the buttons on securely!
Fingering / 4-ply weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
28 sts and 38 rows = 4" / 10 cm in st st.
You may find that to maintain stitch gauge and avoid puckering on the colourwork rows that you prefer to work these on a slightly larger needle.
Size 3 US / 3.25mm 24" / 60cm circular needle.
Size 3 US / 3.25mm dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.
3-6 [6-9, 9-12, 12-18] months, (2, 3, 4) years
Shown in 6-9 month size and 3-6 month size