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Letters to Camp

I went away to summer camp just once. We bunked in a dusty, canvas-sided tent, carved soap, and learned songs that lodged in my head for months to come. Even though I was gone only a week, my mother and I corresponded faithfully by mail, and several days I picked up her letters at the commissary, covered in scratch-and-sniff Strawberry Shortcake stickers. Looking back, she must’ve posted those day after day in the week before I left. This sweater is my own love letter to my daughter’s love of camping.


The fronts, back, and set-in sleeves are worked flat and seamed together. Stitches are picked up for the hood and a three-needle-bind-off is used to close the top. Stitches are picked up for the welt border and the ribbed button band. Instructions are given for placing the buttons on either the left or the right side of the garment.


Sizes: 18 mos (2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs) (8 yrs, 10 yrs, 12 yrs, 14 yrs)

Sample A (off-white) is shown modeled in a size 3 using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock.


Sample B (blue) is shown flat in a size 18 months using Serendipitous Wool's Vajra (main color) and Vayu (contrasting colors) bases.


Use a heavier main color (like Vajra) creates denser, jacket-like garment. You may wish to size up if this garment will be worked up as a jacket for outerwear.


Tech Edit:  Heather Storta, @HeatherStorta

Photography: Anna-Lisa Miller, @AHiddenPurl

Mia works on her buttons
Letters to Camp is a handknit cardigan for children
Handknit cardigan for children
Letters to Camp is a hooded cardigan
Colorful child's cardigan
Letters to camp: a rainbow cardigan
Button band detail
Little hands hold Letters to Camp
Mia buttons her cardigan
Tubular Cast-On stays tidy over time
Cheerful contrasting colors
Cozy hood
Park-ready handknit sweater
Handknits plus buttons
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