The best part of having a creative job is even when I’m my breaks, I do what I do. For the last few weeks, I’ve been taking my breaks creating this adorable baby cardigan. I like to call it- Little Lamb’s Coat
The best part of this little project is the outcome. It makes me ecstatic to know that my creation will reach Kogo. Knit one, Give, with their amazing philosophy, Kogo has my heart being an organisation full of warm, hard-working volunteers with over 5,000 knitters/crocheters crafting items for those in need. With so many drop off points across Australia, including Lincraft stores, they happily accept donations of finished garments and connect them to someone who not only appreciates your work but is also in dire need of it.
Sign up to their newsletter to see how many items have been knitted or what items are in need for the next season. Last year, kogo helped 70,000 hand-knitted winter items make their way to the community partnering with 250 organisations. That is a lot of knitting for the right reasons.
The Kogo website has a great range of patterns that you can download for free. The Baby’s 8-ply medium buttoning cardigan caught my eye immediately! You can easily alter this pattern to include decorative stitches or stripes. Written with such clarity, this makes for a beautiful and easy first project if you’d like to take the step from knitting scarfs to knitting a garment.
I used two balls of the mustard and one grey of the Lincraft Exel Superwash yarn. This yarn is great as it can be cold machine washed which great for people who may not have knowledge on how to wash knitwear. The best part is the tension is perfect for the pattern.
As I knitted, I did make a few small alterations:
• I made sure that in the front and left panels, the decreases sloped in the correct direction while decreasing two stitches into the panel. This was to make sure I had a smooth edge to help when sewing up the seams.
• I knitted the neckband in one piece so there isn’t a join at the back of the neck. I used a 3.25mm circular needle to hold all the stitches.
• Grey wool was used for the ribbing to add some contrast.
• I blocked the pieces before sewing the seams together and knitted on the neckband last.
the idea of making a garment for someone who will really appreciate the is what keeps me knitting. And I’ve already planned for my next project!
Give your next project a purpose. If you already knit for charity and you have an inspiring story to share, I would love to hear from you.
Christmas is around the corner and it warms my heart to be somebody’s miracle. How’re are you sharing the love?