Here are the modifications that I made to EZ's pattern:
- EZ calls out a number of stitches to cast on. Instead of casting on this amount, cast on the number that it recommends that you should have after the first round of increases.
- Follow the pattern for the garter stitch neck band and spacing of buttons
- Instead of using the lace pattern that EZ recommends, knit a simple stocking stitch, retaining the garter stitch edging and button spacing. (I love the lace pattern, but really wanted the color gradient to stand out with a simpler stitch pattern)
- When starting a new color mini skein, work the first row as *Knit 1, Slip 1* repeated across the stocking stitch portion of the pattern - this results in a subtle zigzag between the 2 colors (vs a hard line shift from one color to the next)
- For the sleeves, work 4 ridges of garter stitch and cast off.
It's very simple, but I think quite effective as a result of the beautiful yarn.
The final touch was to add buttons. These are a simple transparent, pale pink, gem-like bead from Joanns Fabrics. Aside from being a gorgeous button, I liked that the transparency picked up on the color of the yarn that it was placed on.
All in all, it was a really enjoyable knit, and I am excited to gift it next month. Ooh and who doesnt love buying dresses for little girls? I found this super cute ballet pump design dress which picks up on some of the pinks in the cardigan.
I hope you are having a great weekend. It finally turned into summer here, so I've been enjoying time outdoors. Take care,