Italian Wool Cardigan Sweater

Just as the song states, “oh, the weather outside is frightful” that has been the case here in Missouri.   I just need to change the words from snow to rain, cold, gloomy and damp.  With the cold and gloomy in mind, I decided it was time to make something out of sweater knit.  I went with this Mood Fabrics’ Italian Wool Flamestitch sweater knit  in the blue colorway but do note if blue is not a color for you it does come in three other colors.  This sweater knit is just the softest and so cozy, perfect for yucky weather.  Since this fabric arrived, I just kept touching it and admiring how soft it is.  Plus I am amazed it is 100%wool, there is no scratchiness at all.  If the flame stitch isn’t for you,  there are so many other Mood Fabrics’ sweater knits available.

Mood Fabrics' sweater front


I wanted a cardigan for this soft sweater knit and went with Jalie 2919, a pattern I have made a couple times before but it has been a few years.  I was drawn to this pattern because of the pleats that run from the shoulder to the waist.  This pleating helped give some shape to the garment, which I felt was needed with a thicker sweater knit.  One thing to note with this sweater knit, there is no repeat of the pattern from selvage to selvage, which was a bit surprising to me.  In fact, Meredith came into my sewing room and wanted to know what I was staring at.  I said the fabric, where is the repeat and am I missing it?  No, I was not.  So the two sides of the collar, are similar blues but not the same repeat.  Keep this in mind when ordering the fabric if you want to have the fronts and sleeves to  match each other.  I really wasn’t that concerned about it, the fabric is busy and fun and it does take some concentrating to see is isn’t’ the same.


mood fabrics' sweater side view2

After laying out all the pattern pieces I did realize I was a bit short on fabric, just a couple of  inches.  My solution was to eliminate the hem allowance on the sleeves.  I finished the sleeves with a small strip of black ponte binding, a great solution considering the thickness of the sweater knit.



After cutting out the pattern, I took special care in handling the sweater pieces.  I was a bit fearful that the sweater knit would unravel especially with this looser weave.  I did use my serger for all the construction and added interfacing at the shoulder seams to prevent stretching.

mood fabrics' sweater side view3


When planning this cardigan, I really thought I would leave it open but I found I liked it much better with a belt.  After taking this photos, I changed into a black shirt, jeans and this cardigan and headed to a movie.  I do know this cardigan will be well loved this winter, keeping me cozy and warm.

mood fabrics' sweater front2


On my sewing table is another Mood Fabrics’ sweater knit in partial construction and I am so excited to have this type of fabric is work with.

mood Fabrics' sweater side view



  • Ms Judith A Stansky
    December 8, 2014

    This sweater looks so comfortable, and the belt is smashing. Perfect for chilly restaurants during the holidays.

    • Lori
      December 8, 2014

      Thank you, Judith, you are right perfect for cold buildings.

  • Joanne VanSickle
    December 8, 2014

    Did you make your own ponte binding? The sweater is beautiful on you.

    • Lori
      December 8, 2014

      Thank you, Joanne, yes I used some ponte scrap in my collection.

  • Ginger
    December 8, 2014

    Lori, this looks great on you!!!!!

    • Lori
      December 10, 2014

      Thank you, Sonja, I really like it.

  • Fiona
    December 9, 2014

    What a lovely and unusual fabric to work with! I love the ponte binding on the cuffs, sometimes the best design features come out of finding solutions to problems!

    • Lori
      December 10, 2014

      Fiona, you are so right, the best things usually do happen. I really like this fabric, and for a sweater knit it is not too bulky.

  • Eileen
    December 9, 2014

    This looks great on you! Did you pretreat your fabric. How do you plan to launder it? Did you use your serger during the construction of this beautiful sweater? You are an inspiration to many of us…..what energy you have. Eileen

    • Lori
      December 10, 2014

      Thank you so much Eileen. Let’s see, I did not pre-treat my fabric. I will probably either hand wash or dry clean. I will always wear something under the sweater so I do not have to launder too often. Yes, I did use my serger, with black thread.

  • Becky
    December 11, 2014

    Very cute!! What a surprise to see this fabric used. I purchased the same but it was not what I expected when it arrived. I now know what I can do with it.

    • Lori
      December 15, 2014

      Thanks, Becky, you are right it is a bit different fabric.

  • Amy
    December 16, 2014

    Oh, I really like that fabric. And, your choice of a cardigan sweater was perfect for it!

    • Lori
      December 17, 2014

      Thank you, Amy, it is a great cardigan, wish I had it on for this cold day!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    December 27, 2014

    Cardigan sweaters are just so wearable and I love how the belt dresses this one up.

    • Lori
      January 6, 2015

      Thanks, Lizzy, I like it best with the belt.