I had no plans to knit a toddler's cardigan until I saw one on Mollie & Claire's blog which turned out to be the 'Entrechat' pattern by Lisa Chemery, available on Ravelry for just under a fiver.

I was smitten as soon as I saw it and, luckily, have a three year old in the family as an excuse to make it.

Perfect in this colour, I chose Sublime Yarn, an Aran weight 100% wool, which is beautifully soft and not at all scratchy. 

The cardigan is worked in one piece, from the top down. This has several benefits, not least of which is that there is no sewing together at the end!

Circular needles are used, although you work back and forth in rows rather than in continuous rounds.

I started the bolero in the evening......

.....and finished it the following morning (hence the difference in light affecting the colour).

I have no idea what this stitch pattern is called as it's a new one on me, but it adds lovely texture and interest to the middle section of the body of the cardigan, and is very simple to execute.

I pondered for a while over what button to add, but decided to go with this wooden one in the end. They look like slices taken from a miniature tree, dont they?

A little light blocking was all that was needed and then...

TADAH!

Isn't it unusual?

I love the integral ruffle at the back.

The raglan sleeves have perfect 'seams' and the simple garter stitch border makes a change to the more commonly seen rib.

It was such a speedy make with such gorgeous results that I cast on a second one instantly, this time in pink for our granddaughter.

Here she is on her first birthday wearing her new bolero.

I managed to grab a couple of snaps to show you what it looks like on - which was a miracle considering how babies don't sit still when you want them to.

If you've fallen for the charms of this pattern, too, guess what? It's now available in adult sizes:)