When you live in a hot climate like we do in Austin, adorning the kiddos in sweaters, isn’t always realistic. Alas. A short-sleeved cardigan, though--that, my friends, is doable!
Cloverfield (named after my daughter, Clover) is inspired by our city in the Springtime, and busy mamas who rarely have time to do a lot of seaming. Worked in one piece from the bottom up, you’ll see this cute little cardi come to life right before your eyes. Oh, and I’m thrilled that it’s the debut design knit in Sheep(ish), the first yarn in my new line with Caron International, Stitch.Rock.Love!
18 months [2T, 3T]
Shown in 18 months
Chest: 26 [27, 28] inches
Length: 12½ [13, 13½] inches
Stitch.Rock.Love Sheep(ish) [30% Wool/ 70% Acrylic; 167 yards / 153 meters per 3 ounce/ 85 gram skein];
#0018 Robin’s Egg(ish) (A); 2 balls
#0020 Chartreuse(ish) (B); 1 ball
#0004 White(ish) (C); 1 ball
#0019 Olive(ish) (D); 1 ball
US #8/5 mm 24 inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
US #8/5 mm dpns (set of 4 or 5) or size needed to obtain gauge
Second set of dpns or waste yarn to hold sleeve stitches
4 Stitch Markers
½ inch Buttons - 5
Sewing needle and thread
18 sts and 24 rows= 4 inches in St st
This cardi is knit in one piece from the bottom up.
MB (make bobble for flower heads): Join Color C and kf&b 3 times in next st; turn; p6; turn; k3tog twice; slip second st on right needle over first st; slip st from right needle to left needle and knit it with Color A. Cut Color C, leaving tails to weave in. Reattach at next MB.
Knitting on dpns, making bobbles, minor slip stitch color-work, joining sleeves while knitting yoke, embroidered chain stitch.
With Color B and circular needle, cast on 122 [126, 131] sts.
Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 1 inch, ending with a WS row.
(Every slipped st will stay as Color B, to simulate grass.)
Next Row (RS): Join Color A, * k1, slip 1 pwise; repeat from * to last 0 [0, 1] st, k0 [1, 0].
Next Row: P0 [0, 1], * slip 1 pwise, k1; repeat from * across.
Cut Color B, leaving a tail for weaving in.
Row 1(RS): with Color A, knit across.
Row 2: K4, purl across to last 4 sts, k4.
Rows 3-8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 3 times.
Row 9 (Flower row): K8 [10, 9], MB, * k7, MB ; repeat from * across to last 9 [11, 9] sts, k9 [11, 9].
Row 10: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 11 and 12: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 12: K12 [14, 13], MB, * k7, MB; end k13 [15, 13].
Maintaining 4 sts at each edge in Garter st, work center sts in St st until piece measures 8[8½, 9] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
Armholes: K26 [27, 28], bind off next 5 sts, knit until you have 60 [62, 65] sts on needle after armhole, bind off next 5 sts, k26 [27, 28]: 112 [116, 121] sts.
Cut yarn, leaving tail. Set piece aside.
With Color B and dpns, cast on 38 [38, 40] sts. Join rnd, taking care not to twist, place marker.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Purl around.
Rnds 3 and 4: With Color A, repeat Rnds 1 and 2.
Rnds 5 and 6: With Color B, repeat Rnds 1 and 2.
Rnds 7 and 8: With Color A, repeat Rnds 1 and 2.
Set aside, without binding off: 33 [33, 35] sts.
Note: If you don’t have a second pair of dpns in the same size used, simply place live sts on hold on smaller size dpns or waste yarn.
Make second sleeve.
Row 1 (Join Sleeves to Body): Rejoin Color A to RS of Body and knit to armhole, pm, knit sleeve sts from waste yarn or dpns (matching bound off edges), pm, knit across back sts to next armhole, pm, knit second sleeve sts from waste yarn or dpns, pm, knit to end: 178 [182, 191] sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3 (Decrease row): With Color B * knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2togtbl, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 170 [174, 183] sts.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5 (Buttonhole and Decrease row): With Color A k2, yo twice, * knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2togtbl, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 162 [166, 175] sts plus 2 yo.
Row 6: Knit across to double yo, drop both yo, k2.
Rows 7 and 8: Repeat Rows 3 and 4: 154 [158, 167] sts.
Row 9: With Color A * knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2togtbl, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 146 [150, 159] sts.
Row 10: Knit across to last 2 sts, yo twice, k2.
Row 11: With Color B k2, drop both yo, * knit to within 2 sts of marker, k2togtbl, slip marker, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 138 [142, 151] sts.
Continue working in Garter st, decreasing in same manner every RS row, maintaining stripe sequence and working buttonhole every fifth row until 3 [3, 5] sts remain between first and second, and third and fourth markers (at top of sleeves): 58 [62, 71] sts.
With Color B, knit 2 rows.
Bind off all sts.
With tapestry needle, Color D and using photo as a guide, chain stitch embroider stems beneath bobble flower heads.
Use coordinating scrap yarn to sew underarm seams. Hand sew buttons to left side of yoke. Weave in ends.
Vickie Howell is a mother, designer, writer, viral marketing consultant, and Celebrity Spokesperson for Caron International Yarns. She’s also the author of 6, craft-based books and continues to write articles & patterns for international publications. Sheep(ish), the first yarn under her Stitch.Rock.Love co-branded line with Caron, hits stores and online in May ’11. For more information on Vickie's projects and patterns, visit her website
Pattern & images © 2011 Vickie Howell. Contact