Just One Button Cardigan

Back in March, I knitted up this lovely little cropped cardigan for Beatrix, aiming to use up some cotton stash along the way. I wrote up the pattern with the intention of publishing it here; then, I got pregnant. Yes, you read that right, I got pregnant and lost all interest in knitting, sewing, and crafting of any kind. Once I stopped puking my guts out, I sent the pattern off to Elizabeth of Sweet Paprika Designs for tech editing. It’s back just in time for the start of pre-school!

Just One Button Cardigan, front view

Just One Button Cardigan

This cute little cropped sweater is a perfect quick knit for little tykes. The smallest size can be completed in a single afternoon! The single button closure makes this an easy garment to get on and off. As an added bonus, the large button gives toddlers good practice putting on and taking off their own clothes. Since the cardigan is meant to be cropped, babies and toddlers will not outgrow it as quickly as other sweaters.

The garment is worked flat in one piece to the armholes and joined at the shoulders by three-needle bind-off. The sleeves are worked in the round to the armholes, then the sleeve cap is knitted back and forth and sewn in.

Just One Button Cardigan, front view

Beatrix is absolutely enamored of the button.

Just One Button Cardigan, front view

Pattern: Just One Button (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Classic Elite Four Seasons in #7640 Red, shown in 36 mos size

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

Just One Button Cardigan, back view

I also knitted up the 3 mos size to check my numbers. The difference between 3 months and 3 years is striking, don’t you think? I hardly remember Beatrix being that small.

Just One Button: 3 mos and 36 mos sizes

I’m back to knitting now. Who knows what brought it on? Autumn or the third trimester on the horizon? I’m grateful for whatever it was. There will be more stashbusting projects for little people in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

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28 comments so far

  1. celticcaston on

    adorable!!! Sooo many girl things I want to knit….
    Glad you’re over the puking stage and your mojo is back, on with the knitting!!!

  2. Whitney on

    That is a very cute sweater.Congratulations!

  3. Emily on

    Congratulations, Elinor! What happy news. :)

  4. amandacathleen on

    Big Congrats to you! Glad to hear that your feeling better. The little sweater is super cute!

  5. Wendie on

    Congrats, Elinor! The sweater is precious!

  6. Mandy on

    Congratulations! I don’t think I knit at all when I was pregnant with my no.2.

    I made a cute sweater like that (raglan, seamless, but otherwise v. similar) and it is just the cutest for little girls.

    One more thing…some of your pictures aren’t showing up for me. It is the flickr message “this photo is unavailable at this time.” Is it just me?

  7. Rene' Sharp on

    Welcome back. I was wandering where you had been? Congrats on your wonderful news!! I went off all my hobbies when I was preggers. Good to have you back.

  8. whitney on


    What a cute little sweater, too!

  9. Rachel on

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

    Congrats on your pregnancy, and I hope you start feeling better soon!

  10. Eliza on

    Congratulations! I’m glad the puking stage is over for you; I’m still trying to get past that stage myself! :)

    The sweater is very cute!

  11. farrah on

    this is soooo cute, i’ve been wanting to learn to knit and this had inspired me…so cute!first time to be here love the site!

  12. Christine on

    Congratulations! Maybe some little boy designs on the horizon???
    Glad you’re feeling better & got your knitting mojo back, you do such beautiful work.

  13. Ann on

    Congratulations! The cardi is gorgeous & a great idea with the 1 button.

  14. Britt on

    And here I thought you were off publishing a book :)
    This is much cooler…congratulations! I will be eager to see ALL of your creations in the coming months.

  15. tiennie on

    Congratulations! B is adorable and I just know the next one will be too. :)

  16. iknitipurl on

    As always, another great pattern! And I have to say that you totally nailed it. The other day I was trying to figure out what I’d do with the couple of random balls of Karabella I have. They will make a great version of this for Scout.

  17. rima aranha on

    Totally totally cute cardigans! And yes, congratulations!


  18. Theresa on

    Yay! I’ll have to make this for my baby-to-come, since you know what’s good for babies. Congratulations!

  19. nova on

    Congrats, again! I love this little sweater. It’s too bad I don’t have a little girl to knit it for!

  20. The Left-Handed Crafter on

    Congratulations (on the pattern and the upcoming new arrival)! : )

    I recently discovered your site and have been admiring all your beautiful knits – glad to see your knitting bug has bitten again.

  21. Tina on

    That’s a cute cardi! I came over from “Teh Celtic Cast on” and think I will come back! Your kniting is amazing!

  22. Karma on

    Oh! I saw this on your flickr and at Ravelry and am just now catching up on blogs… so congratulations on your pregnancy!

  23. Haley on

    congratulations! i’m sure that Beatrix will be a wonderful big sister.

  24. beth on

    congrats! That carigan is absolutely adorable! I lvoe the big button detail!

  25. Jana on

    Congratulations Elinor! I do hope all goes smoothly over the next few months!

  26. Christine on

    I thought you’d been awfully quiet lately. :) Congrats on the new baby and on making it past the barfing stage.

    WOO HOO for your little family!

  27. LauraC on

    Congratulations to the whole family! :)

  28. Kim on

    Congratulations! I too had to quit knitting when I got pregnant. I’m also catching up on blog reading….

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