Hooray! Hooray! Wowligan is here today!


Apparently owl cardigans are much easier to dress a wee one in than owl jumpers and I’ve been asked about the possibility of such a pattern many times. . . one can never have too many owls, so I decided to make it. The Wowligan is basically a mini Owligan, knit up in a sport-weight yarn and carefully resized to baby and kid proportions.


Like the Owligan, Wowligan uses an all-in-one piece circular yoke construction and is knit from the bottom-up. The pattern includes a choice of charted or written instructions for working the cables, and comes with the option of knitting the sleeves flat, or in the round. It is a great pattern for any beginner knitter.


The pattern comes in 8 sizes, from 17 ins to 25 ins, and uses Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is a great yarn for kids garments. In the pattern you’ll also find a schematic and a very detailed sizing table, together with instructions for selecting and knitting the right size.


This sweet and cheery wee soul is Sofia, who is wearing her Wowligan in the fourth size. She was photographed by the very talented Fergus Ford. I’ve recently been working with Ferg on another exciting and, ahem, exceptionally cute project – which I should be able to tell you about next week.


Wowligan is now available digitally via Ravelry or in print via MagCloud.

Happy knitting! Hoot hoot!

33 thoughts on “Wowligan (wee owligan)

  1. Hi Kate I have ordered the pattern and am looking forward to it arriving is it possible for you to tell me how many balls would a 5/6 years old size take so I can be ready with the yarn. Many thanks.


  2. Hi Kate I have ordered my pattern and am looking forward to it arriving. I just wondered if you were able to let me know how many balls of yarn would a 5/6 years sizing take so I can be ready to start straight away. Many thanks..


    1. Hi Karen, I’d go for 6 balls to be on the safe side – and I recommend basing your sizing on the dimensions of a garment that already fits the child well.


  3. Hi Grainne, after reading your comment, I had a word with my tech ed, and we have adjusted the nominal ages in the pattern. The sizes and sizing instructions remain exactly the same though!


  4. Got the pattern. Now to the knitting. I have made so many of the owl jumpers for family and friends but cardigans are so much more practical for little children. Thanks Kate.


  5. Well done. Having enjoyed making owl jumpers for two of my granddaughters it looks as if I need to make more!


  6. I don’t know which is cuter – Sophia or the Wowligan!! I may well have to buy the pattern then find a small person to knit it for!


  7. SUPER Sophia!! what a treat. She looks great in that colour and I am sure i will be knitting one for Marilyn’s grand daughter..3rd .comment :)


  8. This is great – i was queueing up your Owligan pattern to make sweaters for my daugher and niece. But this is even better- cardigans are much easier for little kids to take on and off. Thanks for the new pattern!


  9. She is absolutely sweet! The Sweater is Perfect! You couldn’t have chosen a better colour to show of the little owlets! you can just imagine them popping up to see where mum and the nibble might be! Kate, you are a wonder and whenever I see a post from you I can hardly wait to open the file to see what kind of adventure you will greet us with this day! I have never been disappointed! Happy Knitting!


  10. Wot a beauteous design! Having knit a few things for all my wee nephews and nieces I can attest to the sensible nature of a CARDIGAN for the small ones and this one is lovely in that soft shade of green with all those beautiful OWLS.

    Also… I am very excited to see my wee brother Ferg’s photos here on my very favourite blog of all time x HUZZAH FOR WOWLIGAN, SOFIA, AND WONDROUS KNITWEAR PHOTOGRAPHY! x


  11. Hi: I am now knitting the Owligan cardigan for my sister, however, I had wanted to do it in a lighter yarn but didn’t want to go to the trouble of converting the whole pattern so am using a beautiful dark grey Beehive 100% wool and it’s looking great. Now that I notice that you have created a pattern for children in the lighter yarn I was wondering if you could go one step further and make the pattern in that weight yarn for adults. Or, what would I have to do to make it larger?

    I am thrilled to have been introduced to your patterns.

    Thank you in advance,

    Doris Fishman


    1. Hi Doris,

      the principal reason that the adult pattern is in a heavier yarn weight is so that the owl cables are in proportion to the body size. I don’t have plans to do this, but if you were converting, you would have to think carefully about the proportion of the cables and their position on the yoke.


  12. Hooray! I am alwys a big Owls fan so I like this, but you are scaring me with those 3.5 mm needles! My daughters are 4 and 9 now, so that might be the issue. I may have trained up my girls from birth to wear Owlet the pullover. So I find pullovers more handy than cardigans for the little ones. You just kind of throw the neck over their head as they rush by, like a cowgirl with a lasso. Then grab around the middle pinning both arms to the body and only release one arm at a time into the already pulled down sweater. This is even easier when they are unable to move much, like at 3 months of age. Stella my younger one keeps asking for a white Owlet with amber eyes. This is her first design request. She also, I suspect, dislikes superwash wool. She does not put it in those words, but she favours the more proper real wool pullovers and shuns the superwash numbers as being “too cold”. But I think Wowligan is a great addition to your lineup! Even big people, adult women, are more cardigan wearers so I am the odd one out.


  13. Oh, how perfectly sweet in this smaller version. I have a 7 month old granddaughter, this will be perfect for her. Love patterns for little ones. Thanks so much!!!


  14. Gosh that’s lovely. I’m a big Owls fan (have knitted the jumper) and I love the way the buttons fit into the yoke.

    I still don’t understand about ease. Do you think you could do a blog post to explain it?


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