Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

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You can download the pattern for this Easy Cardigan Pattern for Non-Knitters from our account at Craftsy.

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Pattern Layout

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Standard Body Measurements

Use this measurements to choose the right size to your easy cardigan.  It is supposed to be loose fitted except for the sleeves.  Remember that the front drape can also become a hoodie.


Step One: Preparing the fabric for your easy cardigan

My recommendation when working with knits is always to lay the fabric the night before and work on it the next day.  I find when I do this there are no ripples or bubbles in my stiches.

TIP:  If you are using a super slippery knit like bamboo jersey.  Lay a large cotton fabric, or a table cloth and then lay the jersey.  This will stop the slippery fabric from moving around so much.  I know that many people say cut the fabric between layers of paper……I just find that this technique dulls my scissors.  But do what you think works for you best.

Place the front drape of the cardigan on the selvage.  In other words, use the selvage edge as the end of the drape.  We need the selvage to make sure the fabric is going to lay absolutely straight.

Step Two: Sewing the back

We will be starting to sew the cardigan from the back.  Pin the sides and sew at 3/8″.  Serge the seam allowances.  Fuse stretchable interfacing at the shoulder seams.

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Pin the ribbing to the back and sew at 3/8″ serge or zigzag the seam allowance.easy cardigan

Step Three:  Sewing the front

Pin the sides and sew at 3/8″.  Use your serger or zigzag to seal the seam allowance.easy cardiganeasy cardigan


The next step might get a bit confusing because of the shape of the neckline.

The part that gathers at the back is also what can be used as a hood.  This is the part that we need to sew before we can proceed.

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Sew at 3/8″ and zigzag or use your serger.  Notice the seam allowance rippling a bit.  I will use a cloth and a lot of steam to iron my seams but, I will do it at the end to avoid over handling the fabric. easy cardigan

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46 Responses to Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

  1. gardenrealm says:

    I love the idea of this cardigan but am struggling to following th instructions and am pretty much guessing as i go. Did anyone else have any problems instructions?

  2. Vera says:

    Hi there, I couldn’t find the info whether I have to add seam allowances to the pattern or if it is already included?

    Many thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Vera, the seam allowance on this cardigan is already added for you. The patterns that do not have any seam allowance is because we will be using them on a new series of tutorials soon to come out.

  3. Andrea Letourneau says:

    Just completed making up this pattern using some sweaterknit fabric I have had in my stash for a very long time (more than a decade). I did a full bust adjustment to make it fit better on me. I think for next version I’ll make it from a lighter knit with a bigger “hood” & an additional 3″ length.

  4. Hi there!
    Just a couple of questions. What is ‘stretchable fusible interfacing’? We don’t seem to have that here in Australia but I thought it might be called something else?
    And could you please explain about the ribbing on the back? Is it in place of hemming? Is it folded over and serged? It’s not very clear.
    Thanks for your time and all your beautiful patterns 😀

  5. LeeAnne Bradley says:

    There is not an option to go to the second page, where the pattern is !

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  8. It said to cut two pieces 4×22 inches that werent in the pattern. What are those for? I didnt see them mentioned in the directions for sewing.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Where in the instructions did you see this? Are you sure you are in the right tutorial?

      • Karen Taylor says:

        After downloading the pattern, it’s at the end of the printing instructions. It’s been left from an old pattern. It confused me a few downloads ago. Now I ignore it.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          HI Karen, finally I found what you meant, yes there is that line about the 2 straps. Please disregard. I thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  9. Damjana says:


    this cardigan pattern is just amazing. So versatile, love the design. And just can’t believe you are giving it away for free! This one could easily become the new most popular pattern here at So Sew Easy. Thanks – and happy holidays!

  10. Is this a free pattern? I do not see the link to get it. Thanks!

  11. Hey Mayra, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    It’s my first time landing on your blog and I really like the pattern you shared. Going to try it soon.

  12. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for another excellent pattern. Just what I’ve been looking for with some great bonus features built in. I’m in Canada and always looking for good layering pieces when the cold weather hits. Not only will I make this in the suggested light bamboo knits, I’m thinking light/medium wool sweater knit and also light/medium stretch polar fleece. This is going to the top of my selfish sewing list!

  13. kathy says:

    Love it! Will be perfect with a dress that needs a jacket of some sort. And these are so stylish right now.

  14. Donna Gamble says:

    This pattern looks great. I think it would be great for mums with bubs who’d like to snuggle their babies in close when feeding or simply cuddling. The only problem is that I can’t find the link to download it. Can you help, please?

  15. carmen says:

    thanks for the lovely pattern, it’s perfect when you need to hide some extra pounds as I do !
    where can we find the actual bust/waist measurements corresponding to the sizes ?
    thank you,

  16. Juli Simpson says:

    Never mind. I just found it. I guess I need larger numbers. Thank you.

  17. Juli Simpson says:

    Where is the next page for the pattsrn? I would love one of these! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Jennette says:

    I love the pattern, but cannot get to the tutorial.I’ve tried Mozilla and Explorer and don’t see how to get to the next webpage.

  19. Marlette Louisin says:

    Very current. I’ve seen similar styles online but don’t like the prices they charge! Thank you for sharing this great pattern!! I have a feeling my DiLs and DGDs are going to be asking for one!!
    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year

  20. Brenda Thompson says:

    Thank you for the pattern. So nice of you to give this away.

  21. Bobbie says:

    I really like the versatie ways to wear this cardi. Thank you for such wonderful patterns.

  22. What a great pattern, think the thumb link will make this perfect for my wheelchair.
    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this and so many patterns for free.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Lucy, England

  23. Lodi says:

    I can’t get to the 2nd page to get the pattern…

  24. Rosalie Neufeld says:

    Looks like a great cardigan!

  25. Judy Spooner says:

    Love this cardi and thank you for the pattern. I will be giving it a try in the new year. So much you can do with it and so practical at the same time. Wonderful.

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