If you follow me on Instagram, you know one of my favorite patterns to make is The Cinnababy sweater by Maven Crafted! It is the mini version of her Cinnabar Sweater, which I still need to make for myself! You can find the Cinnababy pattern on Ravelry if you click here. It is written for sizes newborn to 10 years old.
I have made four Cinnababy sweaters now and I know a lot of you are interested in making one too, so I wanted to share a quick review and info about the yarn I used, etc.
Let me know if you make one or already have. Enjoy!
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This is a raglan style sweater, meaning it is knitted top down and completely seamless – yay! One of my favorite things about this sweater is that there are no short rows, making it a great beginner sweater pattern.
This sweater is designed with Worsted (4) Weight yarn. It’s quick to knit with and a great weight for kids because it’s warm but not too bulky or thick.
I have knitted three sweaters with hand dyed yarn, which is my preference. This pattern shows off the yarn beautifully since the texture is very basic.
I knitted the fourth sweater recently with KnitPicks Swish Worsted which is a great affordable option. It’s 100% superwash merino wool. It’s soft and you can easily wash it, making it great for a kid sweater. You can find this yarn here. I used the color Nutmeg Heather.
It’s great to have an interchangeable set of needles when knitting sweaters because you will need to change the cord length a couple times and possibly the needles for the ribbing. For a kid’s sweater you will want to have short needle tips since the neck opening starts pretty small. I used my Warmth Set from Knitter’s Pride.
For the sleeves I used 9″ circulars which makes them sooo quick. If you don’t have tiny circular needles you can use DPNS or Magic Loop. Here’s the link to the Shorties I use for these sleeves!
I always block or steam my sweaters. It really helps relax the yarn and give it a better drape. I especially recommend blocking this sweater because it’s a fitted style and the texture can scrunch up a little, especially on the sleeves.
I highly recommend sizing up with this pattern so it’s not too tight. My daughter has gotten 3 years of wear out of the first one I made her! I also recommend following your own measurements for the length of the body and sleeves. I also do a tubular bind off for the body and cuffs so it’s extra stretchy.
I can’t recommend making this sweater for your kids enough! I think it’s a great beginner sweater pattern and it’s super quick and rewarding to knit. Rachel did a great job making this pattern easy to follow. The raglan increases are minimal and the stitch pattern is really easy to memorize and fun to knit.
I hope this pattern review helped you decide to make one. I’m off to knit the adult size now!
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