Chunky Sweater Cardigan

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

I hate knitting. I admire those of you with the patience to do it, but, as Ruggy often reminds me, I have zero patience.

INDEED, SIR! When I picked up the bamboo needles years ago, most of my projects were made for Ruggy! I might not sew for my man, but oh, the knitted man-wear of years past…the hats! The scarves! One, done quite questionably up in white cashmere, as requested! (Don’t ask.) And the icing on the cake, a turtleneck sweater, sized to fit the state of Texas! SO MUCH PATIENCE!! SO LITTLE PAYOFF!!!

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

Well, unlike those long lost, hand knit crimes against humanity, this giant “knitted” cardigan has more than paid off. I’ve worn it almost every day since making it. I used every bit of 2.5 yards of a super wide, super soft, super drapey Alice & Olivia knit. Several bolts of the stuff were going like hotcakes in Mood NY’s brick & mortar location.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

Todd recommended I get as much as my wallet would allow, as he didn’t see this stuff sticking around long. Seriously, Mood’s top floor in wintertime is like a support group for victims of bad knitting experiences. There’s an entire aisle bursting with bolts of this kinda stuff! Instant seasonal sweaters, without knit-one-purl-two-ing into infinity.

For this cardigan, I copied a retro sweater found in Ruggy’s hometown, where they just so happen to have the BEST vintage stores in all the land. The original sweater was nine dollars, and really is made up of rectangles (two for the front, one for the back, four for the drop sleeves and cuffs). I tapered the sleeves a bit, and used the reverse side of the knit for the cuffs and the front band.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

The stripes!!! The happy colored stripes!!!! Deciding which colors went where was the most time intensive part of this very quick project. If I had a serger, it would have taken half the time, but after triple stretch stitching and knit overlocking on my Pfaff for a mere couple of hours, I paraded my new make around the house. Ruggy said, You look like Joe.

JOE COLLEGE?! I immediately hollered back. (I feel very early 90s frat movie in this, for some reason. I don’t know if that genre actually exists, but I was astounded that Ruggy had picked up on my vibe–we are just that in tune with each other.)

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

No, Ruggy replied, Joe-SEPH and that crazy coat.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

I guess it does scream Technicolor Dream Coat. And Crazy.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

I wanted to scream when we found out the vintage arcade we’d chosen to shoot at was closed for weekly maintenance. Five bucks, and you can play all day. The painted windows had to suffice.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | sewn sweater knit cardigan

And I had my cardigan to make me feel better 😉

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    December 26, 2015

    Girl – that coat does not look like Joseph’s technicolor dream coat cause IT was made from patchwork. This cardigan is a dream of beautiful colored stripes…love, love, love this! You’ve really gotta call me when you’re in the store buying these luscious pieces. I’m only a couple of blocks away now and can run over. Promise?!

    • oonaballoona
      December 26, 2015

      PINKY SWEAR PROMISE! and you’ll definitely see this in person :))

  • mokosha
    December 26, 2015

    it’s freaking awesome! i wanna steal it! gonna have to knit it instead, as i can’t find such fabric in stores here (but i love knitting)

    • oonaballoona
      December 26, 2015

      and i love your knitting. you knit the way i wish i could.

  • Lori
    December 26, 2015

    OH, I love that sweater, the fabric is awesome.

    • oonaballoona
      December 26, 2015

      thank you lori! it’s sooooo comfy.

  • Liza Jane
    December 26, 2015

    Oh, it’s so awesome. That fabric is fantastic.

  • Faye Lewis
    December 27, 2015

    Oona it’s beautiful. Love the colors and the chunkyness!

  • Becky
    December 28, 2015

    I wish that I could rock that as well as you do!

  • Grace
    December 28, 2015

    Well, that’s awesome! I would never have the patience to knit a cardigan of the coat variety … cut and sew for the win!!

  • renee
    December 28, 2015

    I have to say, I am loving this knit. I also didn’t care for knitting. Took too much time and I was constantly distracted.

  • Peter
    December 29, 2015

    Love this — I saw this fabric in the store today and I must say you’ve totally done it justice. And now it’s finally cold enough to wear it!

  • Fiona
    January 7, 2016

    That is one hell of an amazing fabric! Great way to use it too