It’s not possible, we’ve found, to look at this wee cardigan without smiling. The happy colours, the smart Argyle pattern on the fronts, the gently gathered shoulders – ah, just the charm of it.

It’s the Pia cardigan, from MillaMia’s Little Rascals pattern book, and it’s made in their Naturally Soft Merino. Unlike a lot of children’s patterns, MillaMia’s designs come in a wide range of sizes and ages (this cardigan has instructions from 1 year to 5 years), so they’re versatile as well as lovely.

The yarn’s machine washable for convenience and comes in a wide range of colours. It’s perfect for children’s clothes, and that’s what most of MillaMia’s pattern books concentrate on. Recently, though, they’ve branched out into grown-up garments, so the rest of us don’t need to feel left out – we’ll talk about them soon too.

One last thing about our Pia: if you find that you can’t decide which colour to use for the buttons, use all of them! As you can see, it never fails. And it makes people smile.