This was such a quick knit.
The time taken to wash and dry it, and to buy the buttons, significantly exceeded knitting time. The combination of knitting for a small child (the dotee) and knitting in Aran weight cotton meant it was finished almost before I realised I'd started.
I was a bit concerned that the very sporty, traditionally Breton fisherman's combination of navy and white stripes might look odd with the frilled finish. But it doesn't. I think it just looks cute.
This is a great pattern - clearly written, realistic sizing, and fashionable without being too much 'of the moment'. It has some really appealing details - the square neckline, the puffed sleeves, the slight flare. I seem to have discovered that there are lots of desirable knitting patterns for babies, but relatively few for small children. Just as the designers of maternity clothes think they should be super-sweet and feminine, so too the designers of knits for small children think they should be a riot of intarsia and novelty trims (which can be fun as an exception, but not as the rule). So I've been really pleased to discover Alana Dakos's Nevernotknitting site with its hard to resist patterns. This pattern, Chloe, is from this site.
However, I don't think I'll try knitting in Aran weight cotton again - particularly not for small people in the Australian summer. It's a bit too heavy for summer, and the texture of the knit is out of scale with the size of the cardi. I think I might have another attempt some time at this basic style, because I really like so many of its features, but I'll adapt it for 4 or 8 ply yarn, and possibly make it slightly longer.
Still, it is cute. And even I zoomed through it.