Whenever I start a new project lately, my first thought is always, “It needs to be cozy.” The Garnet Cardigan is the epitome of such a requirement. With pintucked cuffs and a simple silhouette, this easy cardigan can be made in a variety of fabrics without you having to worry about finding a matching rib knit or contrast for the details. Make the whole garment easily in a bamboo or merino wool, French terry, or even knit fleece!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
On your sleeve, front, and back pattern pieces, begin by marking the top notch of your hems using a water soluble or fabric marking tool. Beginning at the center of each piece, mark a line straight down to the bottom edge of the fabric and repeat outward every inch, like below. Sew a pintuck at each of these lines beginning at the top edge of the hem down to the bottom of your fabric.
Next, attach the front pieces to the back at the shoulders and side seams using a stretch stitch or overlock stitch. Similarly, create each of your sleeves by sewing up the inseam, like below.
Set each sleeve into an armscye, like below.
Next, there are two ways you can go about hemming your cardigan and sleeves. Either way you choose, begin by folding the bottom edge inward 1/2″ and bring the fold up to the top mark on your hem. Pin into place, aligning your pintucks.
The first option is to top-stitch along the top fold with a long straight-stitch, which you can see in the left image below. This is a secure option, but it does make the stitching very visible on the outside of your garment.
The second option is to handstitch the top edge of your hem at each pintuck so the thread isn’t visible. I chose to go with this option and the result is stunning!
Lastly, create your neckband/placket by attaching them at one short edge to create the center back seam. With faces together, fold the band in half along the length and sew up the two remaining short edges before turning the band right side out. Pin and sew the final raw edge along the neckline and center front of your cardigan to finish.