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!
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!