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The perfect princess party cardigan

A party cardigan is an essential garment for all little girls. Inspired by the first birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Merion has found some perfect party cardigans for the little princesses in your life!

Cardigans are the perfect accessory for spring and summer, to ward off a cool breeze or rays of strong sunshine on bare arms, and we love them for every day and special occasions too! What makes a party cardi different from an everyday cardi? Is it the yarn? The design? Or a combination of both? Lacework and frills are beautiful, but any simple cardigan can become luxurious and special when knitted in a beautiful yarn with love!

Party cardies can be all colours of the rainbow – not all little princesses are pastel fans – some love sparkles, some love bright pinks and zesty lemons! Short sleeves or long? It’s entirely up to you and the weather!

You might think it’s frivolous of me to say that we remember our early party outfits all our lives – but I do remember the little lemon cardigan that my Grandma knitted for me, with little rose buttons – I loved it! Childhood memories are made of so many things, and party cardigans are precious!

My favourite party yarns

The perfect party outfit needs the perfect yarn! Here are some of my favourites that will be soft, comfortable, and stylish for any little party-goers.

Rico Fashion Cotton Metallise

A fabulous DK cotton & acrylic blend from Rico Design that comes in 50g balls, in 11 stunning, neutral and pastel shades. The subtle shimmer comes from a thread of metallic – and it really is subtle, I promise! Gorgeous for little arms to wear next to the skin.

Rowan Cotton Glace

Classics are classics for good reason: Rowan Cotton Glace is a smooth, mercerized cotton that is cool, soft and smooth to wear.

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK

This wonderful yarn comes in 24 shades and is deliciously soft with a gentle drape thanks to its 75% merino wool, 20% silk blend!

MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino

MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino is 100% merino wool, and beautifully breathable, so it’s a perfect choice for a cardi even in warmer weather.

The perfect patterns

I’ve found you four simple cardies that are sized up to 18-24 months, and perfectly follow the Duchess of Cambridge’s signature classic style – not too fussy, but elegant and stylish!

Baby jacket with round yoke

I love the moss stitch detail on this cardi by OGE Knitwear Designs! It’s full of character and would work beautifully in cotton or silk to bring out the stitch detail.


The delicate design on this cardigan by Sophie McKane is inspired by traditional Nottinghamshire lacework - doesn't it create such a stunning and elegant effect!

Top down cardigan

A FREE pattern from Bernat that will knit up quick, just in time for the party to start! Why not use a yarn with an acrylic and cotton blend to give the cardigan a lovely drape? I suggest Rico Creative Cotton Degrade.

The Gift

A gorgeous FREE pattern by Kiddiwinksknits that would make both the perfect present, and the perfect party cardi.

Pro Tip

Party cardigans are all about fun. Choose special buttons, or add beads to trim and enjoy every minute of knitting such a precious treat!