I do love knitting and crocheting striped garments. This month I have made 2 striped tops, a jumper and a cardigan. Both of them have sleeves that are different from the body, giving a nice contrast. The cardigan was from a pattern on Deramores website. Until the end of July they are offering free downloads of some of their normally paid-for patterns, and I was very taken with this little cardigan, so I took advantage of their kind offer.
I made the 2-3 year old size. I used some of the Stylecraft Special dk that I bought when Deramores had 25% off the price earlier this year. I love the range of colours and the smoothness of this yarn. I was tempted to put buttons and buttonholes all the way down the front, but in the end stuck to the pattern with its 3 buttons close together at the neck, and I have to say it does work very well.
The little aran jumper was one that I have made before. It knits up quickly and is very straightforward to put together. I made the neck opening a little larger than the pattern suggests, because I remember only too vividly trying to pull jumpers over uncooperative little heads, particularly at the end of a tiring day! I expect that both garments will go to Operation Orphan.