Fledgling Featherweight in Rowan Fine Lace

Who in their right mind knits a cardigan for a 7 year old in Rowan Lace Weight?


Well, I’ve never claimed to be in my right mind!

And to give credit where it’s due, I took Button yarn shopping at John Lewis and this was the only yarn she would give the time of day to.


I love a girl who knows her mind.  Expect, of course, when her mind is telling her that 7.30pm is too soon to go to bed.  Then we’ll beg to differ!

But back to the knitting.  Fledgling is the small person’s version of Hannah Fettig’s much loved Featherweight cardigan. I loathed knitting every single stitch of it! It’s laceweight knit on 4mm needles and is a slippery, pesky, tiresome knit.

But look at it!  It’s worth every hateful stitch.


It’s the perfect throw on topper for cooler spring days.

It goes with most of her wardrobe (if we ignore the One Direction and girly superhero stuff…which I usually do (sorry Nana!) but Button beelines to, and who am I to argue?).


And it passes the Button wearability test.  Which is always the most important one.


I must, at this point, insert the caveat that this hatefulness is purely subjective because I loathe and detest knitting laceweight on (relatively) big needles.  The pattern itself is delightful.  So much so that this is my second time out with this pattern.  The first incarnation, in white, was a foolish project born of hope triumphing over experience. And common sense. It didn’t last long enough to be photographed before being destroyed by a large and immoveable stain of unknown origin.


This kid cracks me up! She was freezing and boogying to keep warm!

This version is holding up to the trials of small peeps.  It’s been worn several times and is still intact. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll won’t have to knit this again until she grows out of it!

Zoolander has nothing on this girl!  Nothing at all!

Zoolander has nothing on this girl! Nothing at all!

A girl can hope.  Right?

11 Responses to Fledgling Featherweight in Rowan Fine Lace

  1. It is indeed gorgeous and Button really knows how to “work” that look!

  2. Haha! Button is so cute in her top and her cardi. What a beautiful knit. I would have made a beeline for that wool too, it’s a glorious colour. Glad its surviving. What do they do to their clothes? 🙂 xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      This week she came in soaked to the skin wiping her face-painted face with her white blouse! Thankfully this one was cotton and a hot wash with stain remover has it as good as new. Needless to say this cardi doesn’t see light of day on those sorts of days!

  3. Jane G says:

    She hasn’t lost any of that star quality 🙂 Love the cardigan, it’s a great colour, she has great taste

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      She has very definite ideas on what she’s wearing, that’s for sure. 😉 I’d suggested pink plimsols to go with this look…nope! It had to be the red boots!

  4. Beautiful! And perfect with her Liberty top.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I got the Liberty fabric after I’d bought the wool with the hope that they’d work together as I didn’t have the wool with me to check colours. I’m really pleased it worked out!

  5. K-Line says:

    It’s stunning and she wears it so well. She really is a blond – I don’t think that colour’s going away, lucky thing 🙂 BTW, she can wear it as a crop top when she’s a teen. Ask me how I know.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Oh don’t let her daddy hear you saying that! He’s got his head in his hands already. 😉

  6. Oh my she’s gotten so tall! The sweater turned out very nice. Right size and great fit. But I can feel the pain of knitting it! Great outfit