I'm so thankful that I have a little girl to dress up in the handmade clothing that I knit and crochet. I'm afraid my boys are a bit too old to agree to wearing a handmade item. Nor would they fully appreciate the value of it. But this little girl (who also crochets and does all other kinds of crafty things) knows and appreciates the time and love put into each little sweater her mama makes for her.
I made this light summery cardigan this past week out of necessity. She needed a summer sweater to wear over her dresses, and rather than buy one, I had the privilege of crocheting one for her. I used this simple pattern, adding an extra trimming of single crochet and then slip stitches along the edges of the cardigan. I also used a more lightweight yarn than the recommended yarn to make it more lightweight. I just made it one size larger to make up for the finer yarn and smaller hook.
I finished it Saturday night and blocked it overnight, and she was able to wear it to church yesterday. This pattern was simple and worked up so quickly that now I'm trying to decide what other colors to make it in. She spent quite a few moments last evening scanning all of the colors of my yarn as she is quite excited for another one.