Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan - a free pattern from Ravelry

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan – a free pattern from Ravelry

Another baby gift :)

As we didn’t know if it was going to be a boy or a girl I used this pretty green shade of yarn with contrasting cream.  I figured I could add pink buttons for a girl and brown for a boy at the last minute.

Well as you can probably guess the baby turned out to be a girl!

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan - a free pattern from Ravelry

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan – a free pattern from Ravelry

I don’t seem to be the best at getting baby clothes the right size.  I’ve can do hats thanks to baby head charts.  But I wanted to try something else for a change (and hats are more of a winter baby gift anyway).

So I used this free pattern from Ravelry – Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan.  It was easy to follow.  I only made a couple of alterations.  The main one was to keep the clusters throughout the yoke without interrupting the pattern at row 11. I then had to make sure I increased correctly at row 12.  I altered the pattern on the hemline and sleeves too – not really by design – I went too far before starting the clusters and then decided to make the pattern match on both the hemline and sleeves.

Although this was straightforward to make I wasn’t totally in love with the end result.  I think maybe my yarn was too heavy.  I used a cotton so that it can be washed on a high temperature (practical for baby clothes!) but I think it would have been nicer in a more lightweight yarn.  Either the bamboo which I did the cream in, or just using a heavy sportweight instead of dk, with the same hook size.

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan - a free pattern from Ravelry

Cluster Yoke Baby Cardigan – a free pattern from Ravelry

This was nice and easy and I’d bear it in mind to use again but to be honest I’ll be trying other designs before I make this one for a second time.  Since lots of friends are having babies I’ve no doubt I’ll get the opportunity. :)

What have you been making recently?

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