This classic little cardigan is worked from the top down in a combination of two-stitch right-twist cables and p1-k4-p1 panels punctuated with garter ridges. Tailored details such as shoulders shaped with short-rows and set-in sleeves give it sophisticated appeal for even the smallest child.

The sweater begins with stitches cast on for the upper back, which is worked down to the armholes. Stitches for the fronts are then picked up at the shoulders, and the fronts are also worked down to the armholes, with the neck shaped along the way. The fronts and back are then joined and worked as a single piece to the lower edge. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armholes, the caps shaped with short-rows, then the rest of the sleeves are worked in rounds to the cuffs.

Finished Sizes: About 24 (26.5, 29.25, 31.75, 34.25)” (61 [67.5, 74.5, 80.5, 87] cm) chest circumference, buttoned with 1″ (1.5 cm) front bands overlapped. To fit approximately 1 (2, 4, 6, 8) years. Sweater shown in smallest size.

Yarn: River City Yarns Eden (81% merino, 9% cashmere, 10% nylon; 213 yarns [195 meters]/4.06 ounces [115 grams]): Silver, 2 (3, 3, 4, 5) skeins. Note: This yarn is machine washable.

Needles: Size U.S. 6 (4 mm).

Gauge: 25 stitches and 34 rows/rounds = 4″ (10 cm) in Textured Right-Twist Rib pattern, after blocking.