2 Tosh Merino Light Baby Cardigans

by Craig on January 28, 2012

Update, 9/5/13: Both cardigans are now sized for ages 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. The three largest sizes will require an additional skein of Tosh Merino Light yarn.

Loop staffer Erika Flory has specialized in designing kids knits for many years. So it’s not surprising that after finishing a project and having most of a skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light leftover that she decided to use it for a baby sweater.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is so elegantly dyed, so fine, and so soft that it’s easy to forget that it’s superwash. You can use it to knit or crochet an heirloom baby gift and not have to worry that busy parents of a newborn will accidentally throw it in the washer.

Cabled Heart Baby Cardigan

Cabled Heart Baby Cardigan in Tosh Merino Light Yarn

Erika turned that leftover skein into the Cabled Hearts Baby Cardigan. It’s knit from the top-down with a garter stitch collar and a cable heart edging on the fronts. The cardigan has a finished chest measurement of 20.5 inches and a back length of 9 inches, so it will fit a 6 month old.

Cabled Heart Baby Cardigan detail

The garter stitch yoke and cabled heart motif.

Although Erika thought the cardigan was suited for girls and boys, many customers thought it wasn’t good for boys because of the hearts. She took home another skein of Tosh Merino Light and designed a companion cardigan, the Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan.

Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan

Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan in Tosh Merino Light Yarn

Teddy Boy is also knit from the top-down and written for a 6 month old. It features a garter rib yoke with panels that continue down the front. I agree with Erika that either cardigan could be given to a boy or a girl, but now you have your choice.

Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan detail

the garter ridge motif on the front panels

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light is dyed in so many shades that there are lots of options for these cardigans. The Cabled Hearts Baby Cardigan is knit in Windowpane and the Teddy Boy Baby Cardigan is knit in Toast.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a move away from traditional baby colors with people choosing medium to dark shades instead of the usual pastels. When a baby’s gender is unknown, naturals are popular, as well as medium shades of orange and green.

Whatever color you choose, the baby will look adorable in their little cardigan, and its parents will be thrilled with your handmade heirloom!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

linda a roller January 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I love both sweaters & the colors.I like yellow,green, & any MT color.
How can I make the sweater for a larger size 2-3? Thanks

Craig January 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks! At this point, the sweaters are only available in one size. If Erika writes larger sizes for them, we’ll write about it on the blog.

Cearl March 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Love both sweaters and am knitting the Cabled Hearts one now. However, I think there is an error in the Cabled Hearts chart Right Side, Row 2. There is also and error in Cabled Heart Pattern Row 3, the beginning should have K3, then P2…

Craig March 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

Thanks, Cearl! We’ll double-check the pattern.

Toby Hogan September 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

I made the baby heart pattern. The pattern was perfect and looked adorable on my granddaughter. I too, would love to see these patterns in larger sizes. Please post if they are enlarged.

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