Last but not least, we have come to the final piece of Mr. Baby’s illustrious wardrobe: Brindille & Twig’s 072: Grandpa Cardigan!*
As with all other 9 pieces, I made this in a size 9-12 months for my 23ish pound, 28″ish 8 month old sweet buddy. I mostly used a Birch Organic cotton interlock, but popped in a dark gray sweater knit from JoAnn Fabrics for some the collar, waistband and cuffs.
As you would imagine, this very aptly named cardigan (I think Mr. Baby may now be pondering how best to keep all of those damn kids off of his lawn) was one of the more complicated pieces of the wardrobe. Difficult to sew? No. Time consuming? Yeah. Worth it? Heck yeah.
It went together nice and smoothly. The only thing that really irked me about the pattern was that it calls for interfacing in the lower sections of the shawl collar to reinforce the buttonholes/buttons, but there isn’t a separate pattern piece OR a line to indicate where the interfacing should end on the shawl collar pattern piece itself.
Obviously, not a huge deal. I figured it out. But I think this could be something a newbie would agonize over unduly. Just a line of delineation on the pattern piece would suffice!
I also decided to leave the topmost button and loop off because I wasn’t feelin’ it.
Speaking of buttons, I used these giant honkers because they were what I had on hand. Another thing I wasn’t feelin’: making a special trip to JoAnn Fabrics (our Hancock is one of those that is closing…wha waaaaah) for different buttons. Plus, these ones are delightfully oversized and therefore kidriffic.
In future versions, I plan to space the buttons out a tad more and only use three so you can see more of the delightful turn of the collar.
THAT’S IT! You’ve seen every piece in his wardrobe!
*** Stay tuned to see the wardrobe together in its entirety! ***
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