Patterned Knit Cardigan
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t usually care much for sewn cardigans. And, when people were getting on board the waterfall cardigan train three years ago, I happily passed. They don’t have the fitted look I seem to like in hand knit sweaters. But, I liked the look of this Burda waterfall cardigan (they call it a waist coat) when it appeared in the 11/2012 edition (#137 available on the BurdaStyle website for download for $5.40).
They recommended using a lightweight mohair, but I wanted to use this thick and cozy geometric sweater knit from Mood fabrics. This is a non-knitting sewists dream material! Warm and spongy, with amazing recovery.
The pattern though, is a massive fabric eating PITA. You see, I purchased two yards of this sweater knit from Mood when it first went up on the site. Then, a few months later, it was 50 percent off of the original $18! I jumped at the chance and bought two more yards so I could make this cardi.
But, I didn’t heed the Burda directions and decided to cut my back on the fold — unlike the single layer layout I was directed to use (2 yards). Of course, this meant that I could only squeeze one single ‘front’ from the leftovers (2 yards). So, I had to order another two yards of the knit so I could have all three peices.
For those who may be lost, that means it took me six yards and three orders to make one sweater because I’m an idiot. Pieces of it were laid out in my living room for so long, my Chihuahua Linus took to sleeping on it.
The pattern and sewing are fairly simple at 1.5 dots. I made zero alterations for fit and sewed a 40 to allow for my bust and my lack of adjustments for my wide lower thighs. I also didn’t match the motifs at the side or front. To finish the edges, I just serged the edges.
Along the neckline and shoulder seams, I used cotton shirting selvedge to stablize the seams and prevent stretching.
The fabric is thick, so lots of steams and my clapper was used to open the seams as flat as possible. I loved my fabric choice. This sweater is WARM!! Office peeps loved it and I’ve worn it all weekend too.
Now, the only problem with using the thicker fabric, is that it’s not flattering at the middle. You can see here that the intergrated collar and scarf is already double once, then doubles again when folded. If you’re at all self-conscious about thickness at your waist — this isn’t the the waterfall for you. I look about four months preggers from the side.
The tie belt does afford some waist definition, but I’ll be on the lookout for a wide, elastic stretch belt to use instead.
Overall, fabric hog but great pattern and super cozy in a thick knit.
Using some of the remnants from the wool, I sewed up Simplicity 2755 for Linus, my bald and nearly hairless Chihuahua. My friend Liz says he looks a little like a sumo wrestler with this sweater. This knit is a serious upgrade over the poly fleeces I’ve used for his tops in the past. He’s warm and cozy and I swear he started prancing around the house once he got this on. The wool is great because it’s breathable and he doesn’t overheat in it when he sleeps. I promise, we won’t wear our sweaters at the same time.