Ladybug Cardi

One of my good friends from high school and her husband just had their second child, another gorgeous little girl. I knit her older sister Veronica a Baby Surprise Jacket just before she was born almost two years ago, so I felt Heidi needed a cardigan as well!

heidi cardi
so cute

The design process all began when E (Poking My Eyes Out) came over to dig through my button jar for an appropriate button for a cardigan for her mom. I discovered some very cute ladybug buttons and they immediately said, “Heidi!” to me.

heidi cardi
ladybugs!

E and I went off to a few craft stores and I had the idea that I wanted a green color of Berroco Comfort — my favorite soft, washable yarn for baby and kid knits these days. Unfortunately no one had the shade of green I wanted. I held the ladybug buttons up to a number of colors before settling on Crypto Crystalline, a mostly blue-with-a-bit-of-green shade that highlighted the bright red ladybugs.

heidi cardi, back
the back

I opted to use Elizabeth Zimmermann’s percentage system for babies/kids, but knit top-down, and mimic a Nashua pattern that I like. My ravelry notes are here.

heidi cardi
cute cardigan for a cute girl

I used less than two balls of Berroco Comfort worsted. I knit the garter stitch hem on US5 and the rest of the sweater on US7. I really like this sweater and hope it fits Miss Heidi this fall!

4 Comments so far

  1. noricum on July 22nd, 2010

    I love it! :)

  2. Sara on July 23rd, 2010

    Cute!

  3. Norma on July 30th, 2010

    That is ADORABLE!!!! My friend Sandy has been knitting on a baby sweater while we’re here, and she’s almost finished. It’s so cute.

  4. K on July 30th, 2010

    so cute, j – love the buttons!