The easy long cardigan, a staple in your wardrobe

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You can download the pattern for this Easy Long Cardigan from our account at Craftsy.

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Step One: Preparing the fabric.

Lay the fabric on a flat surface and let it rest overnight.  The resting time allows the fabric to relax if it is overstretched.  Apply fusible tricot to the armholes, shoulders and neck.

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Step Two: Sewing the back and shouldersimg_4082

Place the back yoke print side down, pin the tulle and sew at 5/8″ using your serger.  It is possible to make this long cardigan using only your sewing machine by using a stretchable stitch.  Some machines have a stitch that resembles a serger.  Check your manual for the best stitch possible.

For a bit more background on sewing stretchy knits, please check out our article on the topic linked below:


Step Three: Sewing the sleeves and sides2-notches-for-the-bac

Place the two notches of the sleeves to the back and align the middle notch of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.

Sew the sides of the cardigan and the close the sleeve.

Step Four: The neck binding

Cut two 4″ wide strips of fabric the length of the cardigan from the middle of the neck to the hem.  You can measure this off the pieces you have already sewn.

Sew both strips right sides together and end to end at 5/8″ to make one long binding.  Serge the seam allowance to eliminate the bulk. Fold lengthwise and pin the center seam of the binding to the center of the neckline.

Start sewing from the center of the neckline to the hem.

img_4091Step Five: Hemming the long cardigan

Change your machine to a twin needle.  Fold the hem 5/8″ and sew very slowly.  Do not stretch the fabric at all.  Let your machine do all the work.  Or you can use of cover stitch machine if you have one.img_4133

If you need some more guidance about how to use a twin needle, please check out our tutorial linked below:


In five easy steps, it is possible to have a very stylish cardigan.  Worn with leggings and a tank top, it has become my go-to outfit to rush out of the house to pick something or someone.  It is the perfect car ride outfit or for a long haul overnight flight.  As for my mother, she uses her easy long cardigan with straight pants or jeans but hiding her bum is no longer the reason.  She is turning 70 in a couple of months and she's no longer concerned about what people think.


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150 Responses to The easy long cardigan, a staple in your wardrobe

  1. Zuleika says:

    Can this be altered to make a cropped cardigan?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Take a piece of paper and cover the part you are planing to cut away and see if you like the look. The cardigan has no buttons and is meant to be worn open.

  2. Bonny Krause says:

    I can not find the pattern

  3. dora says:

    hi I’m Ratna from Indonesia. thanks for the pattern. your post give me an idea about long cardigan 🙂

  4. Marion says:

    Printing off the pattern now, and have some knit fabric that will work. Can’t wait to start! Thank you.

  5. Sheila J Heinrich says:

    Hi Mayra, just wondering how stretchy the fabric should be? I’m thinking of using some that stretches crosswise from 4″ to 6″. Is that too much? Thanks.

  6. Kathy Olson says:

    So excited to make this cardigan for my daughters and myself! Have a question about the neck binding….is it cut in the direction of the stretch or parallel to the selvage?

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  8. Peg says:

    Nw that I posted that, I found it. Sheesh.

  9. Peg says:

    I agree with those having difficulty finding the directions. I assume you sew front to back and insert sleeves, but I can’t find the actual directions.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Peg, I have added a picture of the location of page 2. Please check where to find the instructions heading.

  10. Silvia Frieler says:

    I just need the instruct, can you email them to me? please?

  11. Rachael says:

    This looks like a wonderful pattern, thank you for making and posting it!
    I’ve downloaded it and going through instructions. It says to apply fusible tricot to the armholes, shoulders and neck but I don’t see a pattern piece for the interfacing? I also don’t see it in the pictures posted, so I’m wondering if I should just skip this step?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes I try not to draw any pattern piece that you can do at home because otherwise it would take even more pages to print. Square, rectangles and even circles I skip both to give you a chance to build confidence on drafting a pattern, save paper and save me time. The fusible tricot to the armhole is too increase the life of your cardigan and make it a little easier to stitch in a normal sewing machine. You can make the entire cardigan just using your serger. Happy 2017! Kind Regards, Mayra

  12. Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

    Hi Eva, the chart I have attached is Garment Measurements, the cardigan is close fitted (no ease) because you need to use the recommended fabrics I specify.

  13. Silvia Frieler says:

    Can’t download the pattern, very frustrated

  14. Nancy says:

    I can only add this to my Craftsy favorites, will not let me download the pattern, there is nothing there. Can you help me please, thank you!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Nancy, I just tried the links and they are working fine, you need to try to download from the website. Send me an email if you are still having trouble and I will send you the pattern.

  15. Jona says:

    Hi. 🙂 Thank you so very much for this fantastic pattern. I’m a complete beginner, but I’m gonna give it a try. Just ‘have’ to. 😉 It’s the kind of cardigan I’m enamored with. Happy Holidays!

  16. angela m says:

    i would like to shorten the cardigan, is there an appropriate spot to shorten/lengthen or do i just choose my desired length and cut?

  17. Humairah says:

    So happy I found this. I would just like to know.. what is the sizing guide for the sleeve length per size? Thanks.

  18. Lyn says:

    Hi, how do I make the pattern larger please? A size 22 thanks ……..

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That would have to be a whole tutorial.

      • mccandlessquilts says:

        This would be a Most helpful tutorial. Please consider doing this tutorial. Also a specific tutorial on increasing the bust cup size. As a natural G/H Cup, finding a woven, at times even knit tops is a challenge to say the least. If the bust fits, I usually have to take in the armhole and waist area. If I could get a pattern to fit, I would make nearly every top I wear.
        Thank you for considering this request. I am positive that I am not the only one with the issue. Probably the A Cups have the same issues at the other end of the spectrum.

  19. Lenora says:

    I cannot find the link to see how to make the cardigan

  20. Winona says:

    Where is the link to the pattern?

  21. Sabina says:

    Hey Mayra, I can’t dicide witch size I need. My sizes are buste 38, waist 32 and hipes 40. There is no matching size. Witch one should I take?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Sabina, If you use the same fabric as I did, I would use size 12, if you use a thicker fabric or planning to add buttons then I would go with 14. Hope that helps, let me know how you go with it.

      • Sabina Claes says:

        Thanks I am about to cut the pattern pieces and sew it. I am going to wear it on a wedding, I also made the lace shrug for one of the bride mades. And pherhaps the other two (mades) wont it also. It was very easy to make and I am so happy with your patterns. Thanks again, greatings from Belgium

  22. Lenora says:

    I would love to make the long coat but can’t find the directions anywhere. I can see the suply list but can’t get to the directions. Please help

    • Lisa says:

      There’s a teeny little “pages 1 -2” link right below the Pinterest button, click to the second page and the directions are there!

  23. Mary Phelan says:

    I prefer a bit heavier knit for projects like this, like a mid-weight Ponte, which is a dream to work with! Also, I do like this way of adding sleeves (the open, as opposed to the in-the-round method), then sewing the side seams. Learned a good tip for this method, if the sleeve or the actual garment is a bit longer than the sleeve opening, place the longer side on the feed dogs and let the feed dogs do the work to get everything to fit nicely and smooth.

  24. Amy Johnson says:

    I downloaded from Craftsy. Not seeing the instructions?

  25. damfree says:

    Thank you for including larger sizes on the pattern. I am eager to make this in a variety of lengths, and perhaps as a vest as well. Time to check the fabric stash….

  26. Zanap says:

    Just what I needed. Hides thick thighs and a big booty

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  29. Belinda says:

    I received an email from Craftsy today noting that there has been an update to this pattern which I had downloaded last week. Can you please tell me what changes were made because I printed out the pdf already. Thanks so much! I’m eager to make this project.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Belinda, I added the sizing chart and the finished garment measurements to the pattern. No need to reprint if you’ve already done it.

  30. Xuan says:

    First of all, thank you for the free pattern. I’m looking forward to sewing it up! Second, where can I find the sizing guide? I see your response about updating the article but I don’t see it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, I have added the sizing and finished garment measurements in the article as well as on the pattern itself.

  31. Susan says:

    Looks like exactly what I am desiring to sew with my new sweater knits from LA. Is there a sizing chart? I am unable to locate it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, I have added the sizing and finished garment measurements in the article as well as on the pattern itself.

  32. Ruthann says:

    Hi there! Did you add a sizing chart? Just downloaded, couldn’t find. Thanks so much for the great pattern!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, I have added the sizing and finished garment measurements in the article as well as on the pattern itself.

  33. Sadie Bauer says:

    Somehow I have missed the sewing instructions containing the use of the “straps” mentioned, & finishing of the front. Is there a separate text file somewhere? Eagerly waiting to cut & wear this great piece! Thanks

  34. Linda says:

    Looking for the sizing guide. Says posted here but don’t see it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, I have added the sizing and finished garment measurements in the article as well as on the pattern itself.

  35. Linda Thompson says:

    I can’t wait to make one for myself! Will be good Christmas gift for my daughters. Thanks!

  36. Michele McDonald says:

    Hi Mayra,

    Have downloaded the instructions and pattern, but I cannot find a sizing guide … have I missed something?


  37. Alana says:

    Does the pattern include a 5/8″ seam allowance, or do we add the seam allowance before cutting the fabric?

  38. Delphine says:

    Thank You. Here in Paris, France the weather is changing so this long cardigan is very welcome.

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