I think anyone who knits would agree that you become a lot more critical of shop bought knits once you know how to make them. I very rarely buy knitted items, so when I do, they tend to be pretty special.
This is a cardigan we bought for Dougie while we were visiting Door County. When stopping at Sturgeon Bay we stopped at a fabulous fairtrade shop. They had a delightful range of children’s fairtrade knits in bright colours made by a women’s cooperative in Ecuador. The hardest part was choosing a palette for my fair haired little boy, but D and I both fell in love with the retro colouring of this one.
It has such sweet details like double knit hems and sturdy seams, making it feel like a real hard wearing cardigan for a busy boy. The bulky yarn is a slightly felted tweeded mix of cotton and wool, warm, but machine washable.
While in an ideal world I would have the time, yarn and inclination to knit all of my son’s jumpers I feel happy to put my money towards something handmade that we will treasure and last to pass down to children to come.