wee Liesl

Feather and fan seamless cardigan for babies and toddlers

A tiny version of one of Ysolda's most popular women's sweater designs. Liesl is a round yoked cardigan worked from the neck down in a simple allover feather and fan lace pattern. Shown in a luxurious wool and silk blend sportweight yarn that's surprisingly easy to care for; Liesl would be beautiful as part of a special occasion outfit but it's just as at home playing on the forest floor.


    This simple, flexible cardigan can easily be customised. The sleeves can be worked to any length, try making them short for summer, and the buttons can be placed just at the top or all the way down. Five sizes are given to fit babies and toddlers from newborn to four years. The swingy shape and stretchy pattern mean that it can be worn a little long to begin with: maximising wear for recipients who seem capable of growing several inches overnight.


    0-6 months [6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 3-4 years]
    Finished chest circumference: 16¾ [18¾,20¾, 22¾, 24¾]" / 42 [47, 52, 57, 62]cm, with button bands overlapping.
    Body length to underarm: 5¼[6, 6½, 7½,8]" / 13[15, 16.5, 19, 20)cm
    Sleeve length to underarm: 5[5½, 6½, 7½, 9¾]" / 12.5[14, 16.5, 19, 24.5]cm



  • YARN

    Fingering / 4ply weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
    225[280, 360, 430, 510]yds / 205[255, 330, 395, 465]m


    Stitch markers, scrap yarn, 3 or 4[5, 5, 6, 6] ½“ / 12mm buttons. 

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24 sts and 34 rows = 4" / 10cm in F&F4 pattern.
For swatching, cast on 39 sts and work F&F4 pattern with k2 instead of k4 at each end of the row.




Fingering / 4ply weight yarn with good elasticity, wool or wool blends are ideal.
Shown in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply / Sport (55% Wool / 45% Silk, 400yds / 365m, 3.53oz / 100g)
0-6 month size in Gold 
6-12 month size in Flying Saucer

Needles and notions

Size 5 US / 3.75mm 24" / 60cm or longer circular.
Size 5 US / 3.75mm dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.

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