Caron Cake Kid’s Sweater Dress

Check out my step by step instructions on how I made this kid’s sweater dress using Yarnspiration’s Caron Cakes yarn!

Inspiration

If you’ve noticed my Instagram feed lately, I’m LOVING these Caron Cakes.  I was skeptical at first but they make such beautiful garments.  I have made a couple sweaters for the kiddos and just love the way the colour blocking works out.  I let the changes flow naturally.

But I wanted to try something that I could do with just one ball of Caron Cakes, and a bit more summery.  I was so drawn to the coral/salmon colour in the Strawberry Trifle Caron Cake, I thought it would make a nice light spring sweater dress for my girl!  She’s tall, and she loves wearing tights with longer shirts.  I figured I’d do shorter sleeves so it wouldn’t take up as much yarn as well.

Pattern

For a base, I used the Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits.  I tend to knit big, so I used 1 mm smaller needles and did a size 2-4 for my pattern base instead of 4-6 – my girl is 5 but she’s tall for her age.  And oh so cute!

I modified the pattern in 3 ways:

  1. I didn’t do the garter panel on the sleeves.  Instead I simply knit around the non-increase rows, instead of purling in the garter panel.
  2. I did a picot bind-off for the sleeves instead of transferring them to stitch holders or waste yarn.  Which is really hard to see in the pictures because I haven’t blocked it yet!  My girl actually likes the way it rolls up.  It would look great with a bit of ribbing on the cap sleeve too I’m sure!
  3. I made the body significantly longer so it sat mid-thigh.  I simply added many more rounds of stockinette prior to doing the bottom ribbing

If you’re looking for a great sweater project using Caron Cakes, give this a try!  I am SO IN LOVE with how it turned out!

By the way, if you’re wondering what a Caron Cake is, you can find it at Michael’s in North America and maybe online.  It’s by Yarnspirations and is 80% acrylic, 20% wool.  It was originally supposed to be limited availability but everyone is so crazy about it, they’re selling out like crazy across the globe!  It’s super fun to use for a blanket or shawl – check out my Instagram and find my Boom Shawl, it is AMAZING!

Happy crafting!

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