Just in Time for Christmas – The Junior Christmas Cardigan

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So after the Perfect Christmas Jumper and the Junior Christmas Jumper what else can you need? You need the Junior Christmas Cardigan! Designed for ages from one year to eight years this delightful little cardigan is worked in one piece, backwards and forwards, from the bottom up to the under arm. The sleeves are then knitted and then the body and sleeves are joined together to knit the yoke. This is where the fun starts and You get to knit six prancing reindeer around the yoke using stranded knitting. The moss stitch edges add a simple but effective decorative trim with neat set-in pockets finished off with the same finishing touch. The cardigan is fastened simply with press studs with ornamental buttons sewn over the top.

The cardigan is knitted in Excelana 4 ply making it both cozy and very soft for little ones to wear.
It being machine washable on a wool cycle is also an added bonus for toddlers clothes!

You could knit one in the very feminine colour palette as in the photos or you could go full on traditional and knit the cardigan in Ruby Red with reindeers and edgings in Alabaster. Alternatively a more contemporary combination of Cornflower Blue with Alabaster or Saharan Sand reindeer would make a fabulously casual version. Its up to you of course!

Here’s the information you need to make the cardigan:

Excelana 4 ply Luxury Wool, 100% pure new British wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball)
3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls for main colour (MC) – I’ve used French Rose in the sample
1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) balls for contrast colour (CC) – I used Ruby Red
1 2.75mm (US 2) circular needle (60 to 80cm long)
1 3mm (US 3) circular needle (60 to 80cm long)
A set of 2.75mm (US 2) double pointed needles
A set of 3mm (US 3) double pointed needles
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Safety pins
2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) plastic press studs
2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) buttons
Sewing needle and thread


The pattern provides eight sizes as follows:
To fit ages: 1 yr (2 yrs; 3 yrs; 4 yrs; 5 yrs; 6 yrs; 7 yrs;  8 yrs)
Actual chest size in cm: 57.5 (57.5, 61.5, 64, 68, 70.5, 74.5, 74.5)
Actual chest size in inches: 22.5 (22.5, 24.5, 25.25, 26.75, 29.5, 29.5)

The sample in the photos is for an age 2 years.

You can buy the PDF pattern for £3.50 from my ravelry store
You can purchase the yarn in your choice of colours from my website

I do hope you enjoy knitting the Junior Christmas Cardigan

for now,
Ruby xx

Photographs Courtesy of the wonderful Verity Britton 2013

2 Responses

  1. Miriana
    | Reply

    Love it, and I know a reindeer mad four year old who may quite like it too.

  2. Josie-Mary
    | Reply

    Lovely 🙂

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