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Designer Spotlight: Helena Bean Cardigan by Jenni Lansing

Between two moves, work and taking care of her two young kids, it took Jenni Lansing about a year to finish her first design. But it was time well spent.

The Helena Bean Cardigan is a sweet little sweater that’s bursting with texture. Its mix of cables, lace and bobbles is impressive, especially for a first-time designer! Jenni chose Berroco Weekend for the project because it fits her three requirements for young kids – soft, cottony and machine washable. Plus, there are plenty of fun color choices (including some pretty pastels for Easter!)

This sweater is knit as one piece from the bottom up with only a little seaming at the shoulders. The pattern completely written and designed to fit girls size 22-27 inches.

Get the pattern: Helena Bean Cardigan

Find the Yarn: Berroco Weekend

Helena Bean Cardigan by Jenni Lansing
Helena Bean Cardigan by Jenni Lansing

How did you come up with this design?

I live in Minnesota and wanted a cardigan for my daughter, Helena, that she could wear in all seasons – something light enough to layer over a dress or t-shirt in the summer, but also big enough to fit an extra layer of warmth in the winter. I had an image in my mind and searched for a pattern, but I just couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to try to create it!

Any knitting disaster stories? 

I bought some awful novelty yarn once and made a hat for a friend…a sparkly, silver, hairy-looking hat. It looked like a wig! I can’t describe it, but we still laugh about it. Every now and then she still wears it around me (and swears she loves it!), bless her heart!

If you could knit something for anyone in the world it would be…?

I love the idea of knitters all over the world making baby hats for all the new babies born. So every new baby would start its life with something to keep them warm.

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I love the creativity that goes into it and how everything is unique in some way. Knitting never gets old. I’m always thinking about what I am going to make next!


Helena Bean Cardigan by Jenni Lansing
Helena Bean Cardigan by Jenni Lansing

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