4 days start to finish - this is during the "blocking" phase - it has three dark brown buttons near the top, closing the top of the cardigan that I added later. I *barely* had enough yarn to finish this. Literally, about 1 yard leftover. And it would have worked for Lily but only for one season and it would have bugged me by being just a little too short. VERY luckily, I know someone super awesome who wanted it for her daughter and paid me generously for it! Thanks Bree!!