Apple Blossom Cardigan

I’ve been on bedrest for over seven weeks, so Hubby went to the craft store to pick up some yarn for me.  He came back with a worsted/aran weight instead of baby yarn, so the Apple Blossom cardigan had to be modified to make a preemie/newborn size with the new yarn.  Thanks to the efforts of a dear friend (who spent her Sunday afternoon crunching numbers for me), this version of Apple Blossom was created.  It’s a hybrid of the Little Coffee Bean and Apple Blossom cardigans sized down to fit a 5-8 lb baby (judging by the preemie and newborn outfits I’ve received, anyway).

The finished product.

So here are the mods.  Refer to the Apple Blossom pattern if anything is a bit vague.

Modified Apple Blossom Cardi

Gauge: 4 sts/ inch with worsted weight on size 8 needles

Collar:

With CC (Contrasting Color), Longtail cast-on 36 sts

Rows 1, 3, 5, & 7: Purl

Rows 2, 6: Knit

Row 4: K1 *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, k1

Place stitch markers as follows: 5 sts, pm, 6 sts, pm, 14 sts, pm, 6 sts, pm, 5 sts

Body:

Switch to MC (Main Color)

Row 1 (RS): K across, M1 (see Raglan Increases note at bottom of page) on each side of the markers (+8 sts)

Rows 2-4: Work in st st, slipping markers when you come to them

Repeat Rows 1-4 (4x) = 76 sts

Next Row (remove markers when you come to them): K9, slip sleeve sts on holder, CO 2 sts for underarm, k11, m1, k11, slip sleeve sts, CO 2 sts for underarm, k9 (53 sts)

Purl 1 row

Work Apple Blossom lace pattern (5 repeats).  Slip stitches on waste yarn and hold for later.

Sleeves:

With MC, pick up 1 st under the arm and 1 st along side edge, knit sleeve stitches, pick up and knit 1 st along side edge and 2 sts under the arm (19 sts)

With CC: K 3 rounds

K1, *yo, k2tog*

K 3 rounds, bind off loosely.  Repeat with other sleeve.  You’ll have to fiddle with the numbers.  I’m pretty sure the picot round doesn’t add up properly, but it’s not a big deal.  Just fudge it.

Edging and Finishing:  Pick up and knit the edging following the Apple Blossom instructions, then sew all the picot edging down.  It’s a bit time consuming, but easy. I wove 1/4 inch ribbon around the neck, just under the picot collar.

If I make this pattern again, I’ll probably pick up more stitches before starting the lace so it’s a little more frilly.  Anywho… I hope this all makes sense.

Raglan Increases: “K to first st before marker, M1L*, k1, sm, M1R**”

*M1L: Insert needle front to back in bar between two stitches.  Knit in back of picked up stitch.
**M1R: Insert needle back to front in bar between two stitches.  Knit in front of picked up sitich.

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