It’s a 3-year tradition now that I knit a sweater for my granddaughter when I begin my cross-country journey home from our January trade show. This year, I used Summer Sox for two reasons: Charlotte loves stripes, and she doesn’t like bulky sweaters (in fact, she’d rather go without any sleeves, summer or winter).
I pulled out Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns as a starting point. It’s a wonderful guide for sizing and shaping. Because I thought I’d be bored with plain stockinette stitcheven though I knew I’d love watching the self-striping yarn generate bands of colorsI added two little cable panels to the back, and mimicked them on the fronts. I chose a colorway of Summer Sox that I thought Charlotte would likewith purple and pink, plus some neutrals.
The next big decision was how many buttons. Charlotte’s mother rarely buttons all the buttons on a cardigan anyway, so the bottom ones just get in the way. I put buttons along the top third of the sweater and let the bottoms hang free.
40% cotton, 40% superwash merino, 20% nylon
Summer Sox is a great all-season sock yarn, but it’s also good for kid’s garments. The cotton component of the yarn allows it to breath and feel cool against the skin. The wool adds elasticity, and a bit of nylon makes the yarn stable and sturdy for garments (and socks) that are long wearing. Summer Sox can be machine washed and tumbled dry! It comes in 12 stripey colors and 8 semi-solid shades.
In addition to the color shown in the sweater, here are some of our favorite Summer Sox self-striping colors. Click the image to enlarge detail.
Here are the free downloadable Summer Sox Child's Cardi and Toddler Socks patterns.
If you have difficulty downloading or printing the PDF pattern above, try these:
cardigan page 1, cardigan page 2; socks page 1, socks page 2
When binding off for the shoulder of a sweater, the bind offs most often take place over a number of rows. This can leave the final edge looking like steps in a staircase. To work a more evenly shaped edge, slipping some of the edge stitches while binding off works wonders.
Learn how to smooth the steps when binding off.