Sweater-Knit Cardigan

You know those days when you need comfort foods? Well, some days I feel like I need comfort clothes—and for those days what’s better than a sweater knit? Online at Mood Fabrics there is quite a selection of sweater knits. After much deliberation, I ordered Mood Fabrics’ Mallard Blue Brushed Cozy Acrylic Knit, with blue being one of my favorite colors.

Mood Fabrics' cozy acrylic knit

For the pattern, I went with Simplicity 2309, a cardigan with a wide collar and a flounce at the bottom.

Mood Fabric's sweater knit made into a cardigan using Simplicity 2309

This fabric is the coziest and oh so warm. It’s perfect for these cold winter days in the Midwest.

Mood fabrics' sweater knit cardigan

The flounce and collar is two pieces and the raw edge is left unfinished. I did sew 1/4″ from the raw edge to keep these fabrics together. After this bit of topstitching, I trimmed all the edges to make sure they were exactly the same. This was a perfect solution for my thick fabric. Here is a closeup of the edge:

Mood Fabrics' sweater knit made into Simplicity 2309

The cardigan has a great front button band and nice front shaping. With the stretch of the sweater knit, I made corded buttonholes. This helps so much and keeps those buttonholes from stretching all out.

Now I’m ready to face the rest of winter!

Mood Fabrics' sweater knit cardigan3

Oh, and speaking of comfort foods, Kaitlyn just made chocolate chip cookies and chocolate caramel brownies. Looks like I will be wearing my new sweater to the gym!

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Comments


  • Sarah Gunn
    January 21, 2014

    Looks like the perfect garment for cold winter days after eating chocolate chip cookies! Nice job 🙂

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, suppose to be -18 with wind chill tomorrow, my new sweater will be cozy tomorrow.

  • Lynne
    January 21, 2014

    Lori, this is such a pretty sweater jacket! It really has an interesting texture and is such a great layering piece. I love how you finished the flounce and collar edges by leaving them raw. It gives a little roughness to such a soft jacket.
    Well done!

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Lynne, it does add an edge to a more traditional garment.

  • Amanda S.
    January 21, 2014

    Lovely color on you! Looks like it will definitely keep you warm.

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      thanks, Amanda, it is a beautiful color and was wonderful to sew.

  • Levone
    January 21, 2014

    Love your jacket!

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Levone.

  • Christine
    January 22, 2014

    This is lovely in your sweater knit. Did you make any pattern adjustments because of the knit? I noticed that fabric recs for this pattern do not include knits.
    Thanks!

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Christine, I did not make any adjustments. I thought it had some of the same qualities as fleece, so I did not adjust.

  • Sallie
    January 22, 2014

    this looks soooo cozy! and the color is gorgeous on you!

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie, it is cozy and blue is one of those colors I gravitate toward.

  • Virginia
    January 22, 2014

    It’s a lovely colour. 🙂

    • Lori
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks, Virginia.

  • Darlene
    January 25, 2014

    Wow! I love this cardigan! Great job!!!

    • Lori
      February 3, 2014

      Thank you, Darlene, it will be well-loved this cold winter

  • Ginger
    January 27, 2014

    This is so lovely! It’s a killer color, and reads more like a blazer than a cardigan, so I bet you’ll be able to match it with a million things!

    • Lori
      February 3, 2014

      You are right it does read like a blazer and I will have so many things to go with it. Thanks so much.

  • Julie Starr
    February 1, 2014

    This is such a great fabric choice for this pattern, Lori. I love how you’ve sttiched the collar edges together…very smart! It’s so cuddly/cosy looking…now you’ve got me wanting another!

    • Lori
      February 3, 2014

      Super cosy,, Julia, thanks for your inspiration.