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Baby Bandit is a whimsical cardigan for the playful thief in all of us. The design was inspired by Beatrix Potter’s timeless illustrations, featuring subtle gathers around the collar and cuffs, and named for Peter Rabbit, the daring childhood hero who knew how to claim a carrot that was rightfully his. With a seamless yoked top-down construction knit mostly in stockinette and unique folded hems for the collar and cuffs, this design is meant to be a comfort project, both in the making and wearing. The pattern includes 9 sizes, from newborn through 12 years, and 7 video tutorials to walk you through the unique finishing details.


Click here to download a free PDF with all the pattern details, including sizing information, yarn requirements, gauge and needles, and a full schematic.

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This cardigan is designed for a sport weight wool/wool blend. I used Little Skein in the Big Wool’s Harvest Sport (312 yds / 285 meters / 100 g), a non-superwash domestic Merino & Rambouillet wool blend. This yarn is made with 3 plies and a tight twist, which creates a round and bouncy fabric. It is super soft, at 21 microns, with a slight sheen and drape. It holds its shape and does not grow too much when blocking (unlike superwash merino wool).

Other suitable yarns:

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Briggs & Little Sport
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport

Quince & Co. Chickadee
Sincere Sheep Cormo Sport
Retrosaria Vovó

The Farmers Daughter Fibers Recollect
Little Skein in the Big Wool Harvest
La Bien Aimée Helix (held double)

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