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This is a pattern for a child cardigan inspired by my niece who loves rainbows.
It is knitted in pieces from the bottom up with raglan shaping on the sleeves. It has a rounded neck and two small inset pockets on the front. The colored stripes are achieved by joining new yarn at every new stripe while simultaneasly weaving in the ends. The combination of knitting in pieces and changing yarn often makes this cardigan a labor of love.
Sport weight yarn in 7 different colors - 1 color for the ribbing and 6 colors for the stripes. In total you’ll need 170(205,230,270)g/ 650(785,880,1033)yd of sport weight yarn, or about 25(30,35,40)g/ 93(112,126,148)yd of each color. My sample was knit with Drops Baby Merino which is a lighter sport yarn.
You can also use 3 or 4 colors instead of 7. You can read more about it on this post.
- 3.25mm/US 3 (or size needed to get gauge).
- 3.00mm/US 2.5 (or one size smaller than size needed to get gauge)
- Locking stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- 7 buttons in 15mm (5/8”)
- Extra needle of same/smaller size or scrap yarn
Gauge in St st with 3.25mm/US 3 needles
26 sts and 38 rows = 10cm/4'' (after blocking)
The pattern is written for children in four sizes: 2(4,6,8)years. The sample was knit for a 6 year old.
Dimensions of the finished cardigan:
To see more photos and what other knitters did with this pattern click here.