I finished the second cardigan for my end of a trade today. I couldn't find my little black buttons anywhere so I ran over to the sewing shop and got a new packet. They only had 1 color in that size, thank goodness they were exactly what I needed. I also bought a pintuck foot for my sewing machine. I'm planning some collared, button up blouses with pintucks down each side of the front.
This is the cardigan before the buttons were sewn on. I knit this one a bit longer than the previous short sleeved version. The long sleeves are knit "in the round" so there is no seam down the length of them.
The buttons are fully functional. The cardigan can be closed completely in the front to keep her warm on a cool day.
She can also wear it open for a casual look. I knit the sleeves fairly long. I don't care for long doll sleeves that don't cover the wrists, it makes them look like they are too small.
It was difficult to say good bye to this piece today, but I'm really looking forward to a super excellent trade. I've got plans to knit 3 more cardigans too, 1 short sleeve with a shorter body in a tan color and 2 like this one but in chocolate brown and forest green.