I don’t know why, but shades of pink with black always seem a bit French to me, hence ‘Paris Style’. Maybe it’s the classic Coco Chanel I’m thinking of.
Pattern: Coolbreeze Baby Cardigan (fun fact: that is a 6-month old Lila modelling the sweater in the pattern shot!)
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in Natural, Charcoal, Royal Flush, Petal (discontinued) and Sweetheart.
Needles: 4mm (US 6)
Mods: I upsized this a bit to be more toddler sized, and give Lila bit of room to grow. When I buy her clothes, I usually buy a 3T, since she is delightfully chubby. This meant that I knit the whole thing with 4mm needles, lengthened the body, and decided to try to stash bust a bit with the extra colours, and changed the striping pattern to use them. I added contrasting button bands in Charcoal and Royal Flush, and added both of those colours to the cuffs of the sleeves, as well. I think that the size turned out exactly as I wanted- it gives her some room to grow and still enjoy this cardigan in the fall.
Notes: I love this little sweater. It’s a really versatile pattern, making it easy to adjust the stripes for the colours I wanted to use, and since the stitches are picked up for the collar and button bands, it was easy to change up the colours. This was my first time doing more than one colour for the button band (I was running out of Charcoal), but I like the bright pop of Royal Flush (a very cool toned red) button band underneath.
The fun kitty buttons have been in my stash for a while (more than a couple of years), after I saw them on Ebay and had to have them, even though I had no idea what I would use them for. Turns out, they were a perfect match for this cardigan. I even had exactly the right amount.
We did all the photos for this cardigan when we were in England (you can see she had on different pants in a couple of them), and it was chilly enough that she got a lot of wear out of it already, which is great. I got a kick out of the pair of photos below, where you can see little Lila being photographed front and back by Guy and I:
At least she was pretty oblivious to all the photos! Which is great, because we probably take her photo almost every day, just for fun.