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Little Oak FO 5I shared my Little Oak baby cardigan last summer as part of our Finish-Along series of posts — but only just got around to sewing on the buttons!  Luckily, we have a while before Jack will fit into it — and I can’t wait because I just love the finished look!

This sweet sweater was knit using one skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn, finished with simple shirt buttons to keep the focus on the leaves and cables.  The pattern is straightforward and features both charted and written directions, making it accessible to anyone! Designer Alana Dakos is known for her nature-inspired knits, and the Little Oak pattern is also available for adults as the Gnarled Oak Cardigan.

Baby items are fabulous in sock (fingering) weight yarns because they are lightweight but warm, and quite often machine washable.  Superwash wools like this one are very smooth, and this texture is not only pleasing to knit with but easy on sensitive skin, too.  Check out nearly 5,000 awesome baby knits listed for fingering weight yarns on ravelry by clicking here!  And crocheters, check here for 1,000+ options!

Project Details:
Pattern: Little Oak by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting
Yarn: Fingering (Sock) weight; pattern also written to use sport weight for larger sizes.  I used less than one 100 gram skein of Malabrigo Sock.  Check out Sage’s online fingering options here, including luscious new Pediboo Tonal.
Needles: Sizes 2 & 3; circulars and dpns suggested, or try one long circular for magic loop
Size: 12 months (pattern includes 6 mos-2T in fingering weight and 4-14 in sport)