Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a knack for dressing her kiddos in adorable knits. Remember little George in his soldier boy vest?
The royal family recently released a photo of Princess Charlotte in an adorable yellow cardigan bedecked with a yoke full of bunnies.
The original sold out everywhere as soon as the photo was released, but of course knitters can make their own.
There was already a pattern on Ravelry from a bunny-yoked cardigan, the Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan by Jennifer Little of Looking Glass Knits. Her version — a free download on Ravelry available in English and Dutch and sized for a 9 to 12-month-old — shows a beige sweater with sheep on a field of green and either blue or pink accents. To make it more like the royal cardigan in question, knit the whole body in yellow and stitch blue sheep on a white background. You could even add in your own bands of Fair Isle diamonds to the bottom of the yoke instead of the checkerboard pattern of the original.
If you wanted to make a cardigan like this for a bigger child, choose any yoked cardigan pattern you like and work in the sheep and other designs as you go.
Want to get in on the sheep trend without copying Charlotte’s look? Here are a few more great sheep cardigans for kids:
Welcome to the Flock | Julia Farwell-Clay
Hoggett | Ann Kingstone
Where the Wild Sheep Roam | Pinneguri
Or for adults, check out Farwell-Clay’s Shepherdess, Pinneguri’s Angry Sheep and Sinnasaujakka, the Summer Snow Sweater by Patrick Hassel-Zein, or Tups and Wethers, both by Kingstone. And if you’re one of the thousands who has knit a Baa-ble (or a few), those sheep would be smashing on a sweater as well.