American Girl Sized Ella Cardigan

AG Ella Combo

  • Yarn: 10 g (out of 25) Knit Pick’s Aloft  – Silver
  • Yarn Weight: Lace
  • Needles: US Size 1 dpns & 3 circular
  • Size: Approx. 30% of smallest size
  • Pattern:  Ella Cardigan
  • Time Spent: 8.5 hours
  • Dates: 12/12/2015 – 12/25/2015

I picked out this pattern during the Chicago Yarn Crawl in August.  I’m not confident I can successfully make a garment so I decided to make a smaller doll version first.  This way I’m familiar with the pattern and less likely to mess up the one I want to wear!

The cardigan turned out alright.  I took the pattern, kept the gauge, and then used about 30% of the stitches it said for the smallest size.  With just a couple tweaks the sizing worked out.  The portions aren’t perfect and I’m not a fan of the yarn itself but I accomplished my goal.  I know the pattern now and I know what I’m not good at.

Here’s my list of things to research so my cardigan turns out better:

  1. How to avoid holes in the underarm closures
  2. Picking up stitches more neatly (maybe I should have blocked first like the pattern said)
  3. Best way to increase/decrease while keeping the double seed stitch pattern intact

Next, the full sized Ella for me!


  1. Great way to make a swatch that is useful and cute 🙂


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