Do you recognise this pattern? Yes this is the Aster cardigan designed by Vanessa from lbg studio for Willow and Co.
Everything you have heard about this pattern is true. If you have not come across the Aster cardigan before - it is a fabulously designed pattern with great clear instructions suitable for a confident beginner. The result is a gorgeous cropped cardigan with 3/4 sleeves, cutest collar (regular as shown or with faux piping) and romantic button closure. It is perfect for spring. Little Monkey's cardigan is size 3 around her chest and size 5 length. She mainly grows upwards, so I am hoping she will get a lot of wear out of her new cardi.
While my daughter needed a new cardigan, I needed a positive experience sewing with knits. You see, last time I tried to sew knit fabric my machine chewed on it. OK, I prefer to blame the machine because I don't want to admit the operator (me that is) may have done something wrong.
Little Monkey's Aster is made out of Ponte Drill fabric I bought from House of Cloth. This fabric slightly damaged by bank balance but it was great to sew. It is stretchy enough and has great recovery. It is relatively thick, so once I got to attaching the collar I had to rethink what I was going to do with the binding. I didn't have any matching lighter weight knit fabric so I used a scrap of grey fabric I had left after making this little dress a long time ago. Hoarding scraps of fabric totally paid off this time!
I wanted a cardi that my daughter could wear with just about anything, so when it came to choosing buttons I was not sure what to do. I had a few navy buttons, but they looked too boring on a navy cardi. Going for a different colour did not feel right. Then my eye caught these three buttons I scored from an op shop - the blue on the buttons matched the colour of the cardi perfectly, while the golden edge made them stand out and added a little fun factor I was after.