DIY: Crochet Gina Toddler Cardigan by Vicky Chan

Crochet Gina Toddler Cardigan by Vicky Chan

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.

Crochet Gina Toddler Cardigan by Vicky Chan

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.

The cardigan is constructed seamlessly in once piece, top-down. It has floral lacework along the yoke and border hem that really opens up after blocking. The buttonband and cuffs are worked in single crochet stitches using a smaller hook; I used the 3.5 mm hook for this finishing instead of the 2.75 mm as recommended in the book.

Crochet Gina Toddler Cardigan by Vicky Chan

The lacework and double crochet stitches allow for some stretch, so the Gina toddler cardigan should be very comfortable for an active kid to wear.  If you’re interested in having this cardigan for a loved one, it is posted in our brand new Etsy shop!

Crochet Gina Toddler Cardigan by Vicky Chan

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  1. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal says:

    Really sweet sweater! Love it!!! Years ago I knitted an orange sweater with yellow cuffs and collar for my daughter, who is now 25. It was adorable and she wore it for a couple of years as I made it, like yours, to fit a 4 year old. Happily shared this to my Pinterest DIY and future Pour Bébé boards… hint, hint to my own kids! 😉

    Happy fall to you,
    Barb 🙂

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