Dressing in layers with an easy cardigan was what was on people's mind the day I took the survey on our Facebook chat group. With almost 22,000 members, it's sometimes hard to find a consensus, but this time, I happened to agree with what the group seemed to be saying.
There are a lot of things to like about cardigans. It can be a very functional garment and suitable for many situations. It's also very nice to wear when just hanging around the house. Wearing a cardigan to protect the lining of a coat is one of the best money saving tips on dry cleaning bills. Based on the feedback, I decided to design a pattern for a short, easy but transformable cardigan. I decided to call it Kalinda.
I haven't lived in a cold places for very longtime, but I still remember the feeling of nakedness after removing my coat when I enter a building. It is almost always too warm to keep the coat, but then I feel I am not dressed enough if I am not wearing a cardigan. This easy cardigan is transformable, and depending on what fabric you use, it can be casual or elegant.
This transformable easy cardigan can be worn medium-long or tied up short. The collar/lapel becomes a hoodie for an even more informal, yet exceedingly practical look. The sleeves are long with elegant thumb notches to keep the sleeves all the way to your wrists, or the sleeves can push up. This is an original design of mine and I think it covers a lot of ground which is why I say it is transformable. Please free to explore with different fabrics, it is truly an easy cardigan to make and wear.
We also have a few other options for cardigans if you are looking for a longer version. Here is one we originally published in 2014 called the Cuddle Me Cardy, or a long cardigan we published back in October this year called the Easy Long Cardigan.
- Front drape doubles as a hoodie
- You can tie at the front
- You can cross it over and tie at the back
- Elegant of casual depending on the fabric you use.
- 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 yards of fabric
- stretchable fusible interfacing, shoulder stay tape
- thread to match
- sewing pins
- ball point needle # 9/65 or 11/75
- stretch machine twin sewing needle (optional)
- sewing machine
- serger or coverstitch machine
I am using a bamboo knit in blue a super soft great drape fabric and a jersey knitted fabric in military green. The jersey knit will be a challenge because it unravels very easily. I don't recommend this type of fabric to a beginner but it is beautiful. This is not because I think beginners are not capable of making this cardigan. I say it because beginners are afraid to try diferent fabrics. So please try and with whatever fabric you choose. Just make sure it's a four-way stretch knit fabric. There are a couple of good fabric recommendations below.
See next page for free pattern download.