Larkspur’s Tea Leaves

Many, many  months ago I spent an evening with this popular knitting pattern, rewriting it so that I could knit a Larkspur sized cardigan.  I finally finished knitting it a few days ago under Larkspur’s supervision.   This is definitely her favorite mommy made item at the moment.  She is especially pleased because it (sort of) matches a hat I knit her a year or two ago.
I knit this sweater using beautiful yarn from Beaverslide Dry Goods, a yarn I will definitely use again. The color is actually called “Larkspur heather” which influenced me to buy it for my Larkspur!
 Last winter, when I cast on and knit the yoke,  my plan was not only to have a size four cardigan (rather than an adult), but to deviate from the original pattern even more, creating a tighter neckline, rather than the wide boat neck that the original pattern calls for.
I finished knitting the yoke, and then the weather heated up and I set this project aside.  That is until late this summer when I discovered that the tiny tea leaves pattern had been released probably only a few days after I spent all that time rewriting the adult version!  I decided to buy the pattern and compare notes.  I discovered that while my version does indeed result in a tighter neck just as I wished, I ended up with the same number of stitches on my needles as their (size 4) pattern called for at the end of the yoke!  So I picked this project up and followed their instructions for the rest of the sweater, adding one pattern repeat to each sleeve cuff and the bottom hem of the cardigan.
Larkie chose the buttons (and the rest of that crazy good outfit she’s wearing!)
The sleeves could have been a bit longer, but I wasn’t sure how the yarn would behave when I washed the sweater and I didn’t want to risk having sleeves that grew too long.  Most of the time I would prefer a longer sleeve that could be rolled up if necessary, but not these with the ruched cuff.
After washing and blocking, this cardigan became beautifully soft, with a lovely halo.  You can really see that fuzzy halo in this picture.  Actually it looks a bit fuzzier than it really is in that light.
All in all, Larkspur and I are very pleased with her little tea leaves cardigan!
Here are my pattern rewrites, which will make the most sense alongside the original pattern:
With smaller needles cast on 60 stitches
rows 1-5 knit all stitches
6-switch to larger needles and k1f/b across row
10-(rs) k2tog across row
11-switch to smaller needles and knit across row
12-(rs) yoke increase row *k1, k1f/b across repeat from * (90 stitches on needle)
16-switch to larger needles and k1f/b across row
20-(rs) k2tog across row
21-switch to smaller needles and knit across row
22-(rs) yoke increase row *k2, k1f/b repeat from * across row (120 stitches on needle)
26-switch to larger needles k1f/b across row
30-(rs) k2tog across row
31-switch to smaller needles and knit across row
32-(rs) yoke increase row *k3 k1f/b repeat from * across row (150 stitches on needles)
36-(rs) yoke increase row *k4, k1f/b repeat from * across row (180 stitches on needle)
On my next row I switched to the larger needles and then knit another two inches in stockinette before dividing for the sleeves.
Beginning with the division for the sleeves I followed the tiny tea leaves pattern, only making changes at the sleeve cuffs and the hem.


  1. This is a gorgeous pattern, Ginny! Thanks for sharing it. I have some mostly wool yarn that will be perfect for it, once I finish a few dozen of my many UFOs. 🙂 ~ Linne


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