The Gina Toddler Cardigan pattern designed by Vicky Chan is available in Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants & Toddlers as one size, or on Ravelry in many sizes. The size published in the book looks to be able to fit a 4-year-old, or up to a 24″ chest circumference. I also added sleeves since the book pattern omits sleeves but they look darling on the Ravelry version.
I really enjoy making clothes for babies and children (like this moss stitch cardigan) because I can create intricate pieces that work up quite quickly. It takes me only a couple days for a piece like this, versus a couple weeks for an adult-sized garment.
I used Louet Gems Fingering in the Tangerine colourway to make the Gina toddler cardigan. The pale orange reminds me of a creamsicle! The yarn is soft, squishy, and bouncy, and it has a delicious hand when made up in this cardigan. The fact that the yarn is superwash and can be both machine washed and dried is a bonus, as kids get dirty and I’m sure most parents would appreciate a machine-washable garment. I crocheted the largest size and used 3.5 skeins, or about 600 m. Since I have a tight gauge, I used a 4.00 mm hook instead of the 3.25 mm hook as recommended in the pattern.
Furthermore, since I made the largest size, I thought the Gina toddler cardigan needed more than just three buttons. I added a fourth, using pearly shank buttons from our button stash.