Kī Cardigan Kit
Kī Cardigan Kit
Kī Cardigan Kit
Kī Cardigan Kit
Kī Cardigan Kit

Kī Cardigan Kit

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Ki is another sweater I knew I had to make as soon as I saw it on Leila Raven’s Instagram account  Leila Raven is one of my favorite designers and I’ve had the honor of working with her in the past. She is just so multi-talented. Here is Leila’s introduction to her adorable and sophisticated Ki Cardigan:

“The classics endure. A fully seamless top-down sweater for little ones up to 6 years old. Ki pulls inspiration from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles in Knitter’s Almanac, paired with the wavy shale pattern from my own Shaelyn Shawl pattern.”

The sizes for the cardigan range from 0-3 months to 6 years old. Be sure to read the pattern and check your gauge because Leila added two more sizes to the pattern in worsted weight. The other sizes are written for DK weight. I used our Home Worsted for the my sample knitted at a DK weight gauge of 22 sts per 4-inches. The Home Worsted will also work for the worsted weight sizes knitted at a gauge of 20 sts per inch.

The Ki Cardigan pattern is NOT included in the kit. Please purchase the pattern directly from Leila on Ravelry by clicking right here

I’ve also knitted up a little Ki Hat pattern to go along with the Ki Cardigan pattern. I’ve asked Leila if it is okay if I include a printed copy of the hat recipe with the kit and she said yes. The Ki Hat pattern will not be published but will only be included in printed form in the kit. The hat comes in three sizes, small, medium, and large. A quick note: I completed the chart as written in the pattern from bottom to top for ease. I think it looks fine, however, the cardigan is worked from the top-down so the hat has the lace section reversed. If you prefer the lace to match the cardigan you can simply reverse the chart. I’ve made a note about this in the hat pattern so you can decide.

Also, we have our gorgeous Artisan Round and Heart buttons from which to choose to include with your kit. This is an optional add-in but I highly recommend adding a card of buttons for your sweater. These custom buttons handcrafted by Wooly Moss Roots simply elevate every project. 

Included in the kit:
Enough Home Worsted, in five color options, to make the selected size cardigan and hat, stitch markers which are useful for the colorwork, optional Artisan Round or Heart Buttons, and a printed project bag. The exclusive Ki Hat pattern is included in the kit in printed form. 

This charming cardigan is fun and fast and it is the perfect gift for a baby or child. I loved knitting the Ki hat and cardigan set and I think you will, too.
Pattern Information:

DK weight sizes 3-6mo (12-24mo, 4-6y) only
Long Sleeve: Approx 301 (418, 555) yds DK-weight yarn
Shown in Quince & Co Phoebe 100% Merino,
301 yds/100g; 1 (2, 2) skeins each in Sol.
Short Sleeve: Approx 256 (333, 429) yds DK-weight yarn
Shown in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Kingston 100% Targhee, 270 yds/113g; 1 (2, 2) skeins each in Wiltwyck Ave.

Worsted weight sizes 6-12mo (2-4y) only
Long Sleeve: Approx 285 (427) yds Worsted weight yarn
Shown in Harrisville WATERshed 100% Pure Virgin Wool, 110 yds/50g; 3 (4) skeins each in Monarch
Short Sleeve: Approx 243 (352) yds Worsted weight yarn

DK gauge for sizes 3-6mo (12-24mo, 2-4y): 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4” in stockinette st, relaxed after blocking

Worsted gauge for 6-12mo (2-4y): 20 stitches and 24 rows = 4” in stockinette st, relaxed after blocking

Note: If your gauge in the round is smaller than when working flat, your sleeve measurements may vary. You may wish to either work the pattern as written, or adjust your working needle size accordingly.

One 24” circular needle and DPNs in size needed to obtain gauge
Suggested size: US 7 (4.5 mm)

17 (18.5, 20.75, 22.75, 25)” 43 (47, 52.5, 63.5) cm chest
circumference; to fit 3-6mo (6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-4y, 4-6y)

Stitch marker, waste yarn, blunt tapestry needle,
3 (3, 3, 3, 4) buttons (3/4”), sewing thread

• Cardigan is worked flat from the top down, beginning with a garter stitch collar.
• Circular yoke shaping is worked before the start of the lace pattern.
• Stitches are separated for working sleeves and body separately, then body is resumed and worked to bottom hem.
• Sleeves are worked in the round to the cuff, ending with puff-sleeve shaping before the garter stitch trim (a short-sleeve option is also included).
• Buttonholes are placed in a knit-as-you-go garter stitch band.