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Preview the Three Flavor Delight Cardigan pattern (and enter to win the PDF!)

Malabrigo_Kiana_350 Forgive my sense of humor. . . my DH's favorite dish at the local Chinese restaurant is called "Three Flavor Delight."  I'm thinking it's a great name for this new upcoming pattern.

As you can see, it fits all three of my girls!  And I can't decide who it looks better on (being a fair Mommy at all costs!).

It fits beautifully on my 3-year old (left) and the girly flared fit (A-line, really) is so cute on her!


On my 6-year old (right), it's bracelet-length (but so easily made longer or shorter as, yes. . .  drum roll here. . . it's a top-down design!!!!).  The fit is shorter on her, but the shape still totally works!! 

And then, my-8-year old looks great in it!  The same sleeves are more of a 3/4 length on her, and it's more fitted, but that's how she likes it too.

I'm loving this design, as I was able to make something that will truly grow with the child!  (And I've got the photos to prove it!  Ha ha.)

The design also features 3 heart motifs running down the fronts.  Two smaller hearts, then a larger heart adorns the knit-in pockets (which are perfect for little girl's treasures and were added as a response to my 6-year old asking, "Mommy, where are the pockets?").  The back features a pretty lace panel that is simple to work.

Malabrigo_Sammi_350 Malabrigo_TaliaB_350 Increases along the sides create the slight flare/A-line shape that is just so adorable on girls IMHO and is easily continued if the length of the cardigan needs to be longer.

Oh - and did I forget to mention that this sample was knit with just 2 hanks of Malabrigo worsted?  So, it's incredibly soft, has beautiful color options (this color is called Dusty), and is a wonderful yarn to work with!  No "Mommy, this is so itchy!" complaints from these models ;-)

I've not written this one up yet, but it will be ready most likely in March.

*** PDF Pattern Giveaway!  Enter to win a copy of the Three Flavor Delight pattern when it gets released! ***

Here's how to enter this giveaway:

1) Post a comment on this blog post telling us what you think of this pattern.  One comment per person, please.  All comments must be in by 9pm PST, February 29, 2012.  And please also "like" this blog post using the Facebook link below.

2) Purchase any SweaterBabe.com knitting or crochet pattern from now until 9pm PST, February 29, 2012.  EACH pattern purchase counts as a separate contest entry (so, buy 3 patterns, get entered 3 times!).  Start shopping knitting patterns, or crochet patterns now.

3) For Ravelry.com members, please post a comment on the Giveaway post in the SweaterBabe.com Fans group in Ravelry. One comment per person, please.  Comments must be received by 9pm PST, February 29, 2012AND please also FAVE this project here.

When this pattern gets released, I'll choose THREE (of course!) winners to each win a copy of this new PDF pattern.

Good luck to all!

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*** Winners Announcement! ***

Congrats go to Patricia H. (who placed an order on 2/6/12), Ingrid Lynch, who commented on the blog post 2/6/12, and Elisabeth B. who purchased on 2/20/12. I've emailed the three winners their PDF already.Malabrigo_Kiana2_350

This pattern is NOW available at: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/three-flavor-delight-top-down-cardi.htm.




A cute sweater, yes, but even cuter daughters!!! Love the new pattern and the heart lace detail. Thanks for the great giveaway!

A Facebook User

This is such a lovely pattern and your little girls are fantastic models! I have four little grandaughters who would love a pretty new cardi and I love topdown patterns as I don't like sewing up!

Ruth Hyland

I love the top down design, and the raglan sleeves. hate seaming if i can avoid it. i love the look of cables and have never tried a lacey pattern and this sweater has both.i want to make it for my niece.

Jodi H.

I've always loved a-line cardigan designs on girls, and this one is a winner!


I would love to make this sweater for my granddaughter. It is just beautiful.

Anne Ross

Love this sweater! I would make it even though I don't really have anyone in mind...now that's a great pattern!

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my daughter would love this sweater. she loves hearts, anything pink. its perfect for a valentines gift to her from her mom. i would enjoy working this pattern for her. she loved a vest i made her recently.


oh my - i have two nieces who look adorable in this!

trish beard

I love the details on the back and side pannels and would love to make this


That is the cutest sweater pattern, and your daughters are all adorable. Thanks for posting such cute pictures. It's fun to see the sweater on three different models.


I'd love to knit this up for my girls! They're 2 and 4, and the idea that they could wear them for years to come is so appealing!

Lauralyn Fast

I love the detail.

Jennifer B

My daughter would love this . It's pink and has hearts. What could be better?


This is a great sweater/cardigan for little girls. It would work wonderfully for my niece who is 3 right now, but she is growing way too fast and is very tall for her age. She stands 36 inches tall right now, and she is all legs. I make things for her to fit ages between 4 and 5 years old.

Sarah Laddusaw

Very cute and nice that it will last longer than the time taken to knit it. Kids grow too fast! It looks way beyond my abilities, but from past experience with your patterns - I think I could do it. Thanks for making patterns with such clear directions that are fun to knit!

Lisa McMeekin

I have to say that this is one of the cutest sweater patterns for a little girl that I have ever seen! I absolutely Love it-but then hearts are really my thing & incorporating it into the pattern is just perfect. Now if I only had a granddaughter.... oh well. I have a 10yo grandson & another on the way. But then both my son & dtr are married now & ea wants at least 2 kids.. so I'll be keeping this one in my collection for later!

Now what I would REALLY LOVE is if you could make this in adult & plus sizes since I would LOVE to make it for myself!! How about it? I'd love to have one just like it!


Awww, they are all beautiful. And that last pic of your 3yo is too cute. I like the pattern and color choice.

Lisa Hughes

Adorable! I love the lace panel up the back! And it's so nice to have a pattern that a child can wear for some time since they grow so quickly.


I'd love to make this for my granddaughter- such a "grown up" cardigan!

Lynn Hossack

Just love this pattern. The front cables and the beautiful lace pattern on the back. I love to knit for my granddaughter and this would look so cute on her. Your girls are adorable.

Jessica Le

You have enough patterns to write another book, don't you? I would love to buy it if you do. I already have your first one, and it's fantastic! This pattern is perfect for my nieces, one of whom looks just like your 6yo! :)


I love the sweater,especially the color.

Carol Sorsdahl

That is a great looking sweater and I just LOVE top down knits! Sure to be a winner...


Very nice fit. I love the lace and pockets.

Cheryl Cheney

I love the pattern down the back! It's also appropriate for a wide variety of ages.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry

This is such a cute pattern. I love the hearts on the front and the side pockets. The back of the sweater is beautiful.


This is an ADORABLE little cardi! And, of course, the little girls are all very adorable too :)

MarieAnge Brouillard

I love the fact that it is functional yet feminine. So many times a child's cardi gives up femininity to be functional.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Nina Goodwin

I would love to make this sweater for all three of my little girls! :) They're beautiful! Love the lace design.


I LOVE the top down sweater! My niece will turn 3 this year, this will be perfect on her. :)

A Facebook User

I love everything about it! Once it's written up, I will buy it and start dreaming of knitting it for my grand daughter, Katya.

Cindy Neidig

Beautiful! But I'll need to make two! (two granddaughters!!--so far!)

Leah O

That sweater is adorable, but I must say your three daughters take the cake as far as adorability goes. :)

Stephanie Fisk

I really like this pattern! I would love to knit it for my two grand daughters!


seriously cute! i would make 2, one for my almost 2 year old and one for my 4 1/2 year old, as they love to match and i don't know how much longer that will last, but as the sweaters will grow with them, they can match for years to come!! such a beautiful and whimsical pattern! i want it!

A Facebook User

Beautiful daughters, gorgeous pattern. A plethora of beauty and design


Love it!


What a wonderful pattern (& lovely models)! It will be a darling design to knit my 2 1/2 yr old daughter. Especially if it's in pink!


Great pattern. Loving the hearts and lace detailing. You always do great patterns. This would look great on my future step granddaughter

Judi A.

I love this sweater! The shape of it is perfect and the hearts and lace make it such a great girly sweater. Like the sizes, too. Wonderful design!

Paulette Clark

Adorable -- I have three granddaughters Addison 2, Kaitlyn 4 and Hannah 6 and it would look great on all three.

Ingrid Lynch

Your daughters are adorable and you have created another lovely design. I would love to make this for my granddaughter(turning 2 so she'll have lots of wear from this pattern!)

pat h.

A three-flavor sweater that's so very cute on three so-very-cute girls!
And the pattern is perfect this time of year...for Valentine's Day!

lesley ryder

this is a brilliant design i havent knitted top down but i cant see it being too confusing. would love to knit this for 3 of my grandaughters age 2,3 and 9 x


With four granddaughters, I could definitely make use of this beautiful pattern!


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Patricia Cloud

I love your patterns and this one is the best yet! I am looking forward to making it for my little one. She is turning one March 1.

June Rodgers - Australia

I love this pattern! It is gorgeous!

Carol Zid

Would love to make this for my granddaughters

Connie Mettler

I am sorry, I'm so busy looking at the little girls I didn't even notice the sweater! Oh, there it is, really really a keeper.


SO CUTE!! I have 2 boys so I will have to find a cute little girl to make this for!!!

Geraldine Ramsay

I love your patterns I have made quite a few different sweaters. I have two granddaughter who this sweater would look lovely on. One is almost 4 and the other one is only three weeks.

Stephine Paulson

This is so cute. It will look great on my granddaughter.


I love this pattern! It is so adorable. I have a niece that would love it, especially in the color shown!

RoseMarie Levasseur

This is a definite do for Katie!! I'm thinking lavender.

Gina Coombs

I love the pictures!! Your girls are adorable and I love the pattern can't wait to make one for my daughter.

Kathleen Champlain

What a darling pattern. My 8-year-old granddaughter would LOVE it, especially if its pink!


I think this sweater has a timeless look to it. It's classy and comfortable looking as well. Love it!

Olivia Daniels

They are adorable. I would love to make something like that. I am a newbie but my skills are getting better every day.

Usha Rautenbach

Love this! I know at least one little girl will love the hearts down the front.


There are 3 little nieces that I would make this for. They would love to have matching sweaters. Gorgeous pattern!


My granddaughter is 6, so this is the perfect time to make this. I love that it's top-down so I can lengthen the sleeves for my tall girl.

Raylene Canby

Too, too cute. I think I'll put 3 or 4 heart shaped button on the front.

Janeen Manatt

Love this design!!! The detail on the back is sooooo cool!!

Marcia Smith

I can't add to the rave reviews, but only ask that if we don't "win" the pattern, we can purchase it, can't we? I'd also like one in my size since I don't have any grandchildren. I've already lost my oldest son and the younger one has been trying with his wife of 7 years for... 7 years. LOVE the color; it just happens to be my favorite. Thank you for sharing with us!

doris I.

I love all th patterns on this website. I especially love the cardigan for my granddaughter. Absolutely beautiful.


So cute! Must knit!

Pamel Welsh

I have a lovely disabled neice who would look so sweet in this. As would my youngest,of 15, grandchild.


I have 3 beautiful granddaughters 6,4 and 2 that I would love to knit this pattern for. I even have the yarn!


I love this sweater! I look forward to knitting it for my daughter! No more worrying about how quickly she'll grow out of what I make.

Leslie Andersen

Love this sweater! Hurry!

Jackie Holecek

What beautiful girls you have to knit for and the sweater is beautiful as well. I have grandsons but have a niece to make girlie things for and I would love to win this pattern and make it for my Gabby girl.

Jody Hatch

I love the pattern although I don't think I could get my girls to share. Two it is. Love Malabrigo!

Cheri Litwinovich

It's a beautiful pattern and I agree that it would be wonderful in adult sizes as well. Lovely details. You did an excellent job!


Wonderful pattern & such beautiful girls! I wonder if it could be down-sized to fit a newborn - got another coming up in June!

Theresa Sergi

This is a really pretty sweater pattern for little girls! I'd love to make it for my granddaughter. It's not that easy to find interesting sweater patterns for little ones--most of them are pretty basic and blah. I love this one!

Rose Davila

First of all, you have lovely daughters. My God-daughter would look great in this.


oh my goodness...this is soooo cute! it would adorable on my friend's little girl. The hearts are perfect on it! Soo cute!!

Amy Baker

I love the design of this little sweater! I was looking for a sweater pattern to make for my neice...I love the top down design and this is just too cute on your daughters! Cant wait to get this pattern!

Harriet Schipper

I really like the details and the way the sweaters fit. I personally would like patterns like that for adults.

Fran Cook

It's an adorable sweater and I have just the granddaughter for it.

Lynn Delahunty

This cardigan is just beautiful. Love the design with heart detailing.

Cherie Harper

How cute!! I just love knitting for girls. :D

nicole j bideau

What beautiful daughters you have. They are so lucky to have an amazing mum who knit lovely feature garments for them.
Have a good day ttfn Nicole


Bellissimo, complimenti..................


Another beautiful pattern! I can't wait to make one for my daughter! She's 9 so would have to make a tad bigger but top down designs are so easy to customize. I love the back and the pockets are a great detail

Maggie G.

Your girls are so cute - great models! I've never made a sweater before, and this one looks kinda involved - but so cute, I'm ready to try it!

Zeno Losty

It is a lovely Pattern, Please let me know when it is for sale.

Diane L Urbanec

I love the sweater! I have one friend with a little girl, all the rest have boys so I am dying to knit girly things like a sweater with hearts. Could it be any more precious? Your daughters are such pretty models.

Vivette Ashen-Brenner

I really like the details that you have included, especially the little pockets!


I've got lots of little girls to knit for and this is such a beautiful design, I love the little pockets!!

Nora Fair

Love the new cardigan & your girls are adorable modeling it. Your mother-in-law, Connie, is in my knitting group and was bragging and boasting last night at knitting. Love it, love it, love it!


I am going to buy the pattern - just have to find a little girl to knit it for- I'm sure that won't be a problem!


OMG!! Beautiful sweater with adorable models! This would look great on my granddaughter!


this really is a wonderful pattern and your models are beautiful!
I will have to knit two as I have twin granddaughters!

Jennifer Jamieson

I love the lace and hearts...very cute. I would love to make this for my 3 grand-nieces...what a great idea to make it "growable"!

Susan Barr

Great pattern!! I can even see this fitting someone a little older than 8, if they were small. In fact, I'm looking at it & wondering if just lengthening the sleeves a bit would make it just right for a teen I know!

Norma L.

I like the yarn and the simplicity of the pattern.

Marion York

Really cute pattern. My Great Grandaughter would love it!


Oh my word that is adorable. I must add it to the growing collection of baby things I want to knit....if my daughters would ever provide me with some GRANDCHILDREN thankyouverymuch.

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