In the summer of 2013, I participated in something on Ravelry called an "MKAL" - a "Mystery Knit A-Long." The designer of the pattern creates a schedule and releases parts of the pattern one at a time. When you join, you don't know what the finished product will end up being. In this case, the pattern was "Ohh Summer" by Elena Nodel and I knew it was a cardigan and I measured my toddler so I'd know what size to knit. I was told what weight of yarn to use, what size needles to use, and how much yarn I would need. And that was about it. At the end of the MKAL, I had this:
Here it is, modeled on my wiggly toddler:
This is modified from what is written in the pattern in that I used the same lace pattern from the sleeves on the body of the cardigan instead of the much bigger lace holes the designer wrote for the body. I also knit the body a little longer than the pattern called for.
The only problem is that she doesn't really wear it... She doesn't have a need for a short sleeved cardigan, and I forget to pull it out of the drawer to add to her outfit as an accessory. So I knit it again in a bigger size, this time severely modifying the pattern:
Let's see... for modifications, I lengthened the sleeves to full length with no garter stitch on the cuffs and knit the body in plain stockinette, removing the lace from the body entirely. I also abandoned the picot bind offs. I knit the body until I had no yarn left and cast off with only a couple yards remaining. This one can be added over a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt when toddler just needs an extra layer but not something very heavy.