unusual knits

After spending the bulk of my sewing time the past few years sewing knits, I’m finding myself becoming braver in seeking out weird knits that I would have passed by as a beginner.

There’s many fabrics that just don’t really fit into one category very well.  It’s kind of this, kind of that.  My green sweater was like that, and this cardigan is also one of those odd category defying fabrics.  It’s like a cross between french terry and pique.  It’s the last of my purchases from Needle Nook, and I have to say, after loving every last one of the fabrics I got from there, I will be figuring out creative ways to patronage them.

The cardigan is Burdastyle 3-2013-107.  I was instantly drawn to the vintage feel of this cardi and the classic lines it had.  I actually have a cardigan in my closet that has similar CF vertical gathers, but it just doesn’t fit closely like I like a cardigan to fit.  But, and I say but, this pattern fits probably a little too snugly.  When I compared it to my TNT t-shirt, it was inches smaller in the waist.

The model is wearing this as a top, not as an outer sweater as I always will be, so I knew I would need the extra ease in the side seams.  When I traced, I put my t-shirt over the top of the pattern, keeping the style lines and tracing the waist of my t-shirt.  I figured I could always take it in if I needed to.  This particular knit does not have a great deal of stretch, and certainly the pattern is meant for a knit with a great deal more stretch.  So if you’re making this pattern, you will want to check the stretch of your knit.

I love this cardigan.  Love it.  You could embellish it, it’ll go over everything.  There’s very few wardrobe possibilities that I could invent that this wouldn’t work with.  I think when I saw the pattern I got it in my head that it had to be a lace or a lurex cardigan, but in reality, those knits are usually scratchy and not terribly warm.  This knit, or really a host of knits would work for this pattern.

unusual knits

I will be grabbing for an EOS wool knit and this pattern as soon as I get the wool washed.

My full review is here.

** Hold up the fabric around your waist with the stretch going around your body.  Pull until you have enough fabric around your waist where it feels comfortable and note how many inches of fabric that is.  Check that number against the pattern’s waist and adjust accordingly.
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