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 sides

Before you cut the fabric, measure the sleeves and the shoulder to determine whether you are happy with the length of the sleeve.  I have designed it so it is shorter on the sleeves because of housework and the fact I work with my hands all the time and do not what the sleeves on the way.  Please make the necessary adjustments should you require a longer length.


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

  1. Sue Volek says:

    So sorry, but where’s the tutorial? Can’t wait to try this! Thanks

  2. Patricia Regul says:

    In a previous question you mention a video showing how to grade up this pattern to a larger size. I was looking for this but have not been able to find it. Is there a video on this? I am especially concerned about enlarging bust area. Thanks for your help and I just love this site

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Patricia, sadly I haven’t edited the video, in the meantime, I just published a new cardigan this one goes up to 2XL, Reply

  3. Janelle says:

    Hi Ijust made this cardigan but found the sleeve length too short. I had to add cuffs which have not added to the streamlined look of the cardigan. I would advise adding two inches to the sleeve length. Also, I needed to reduce the width of both back and fronts…I’m a size 10-12 and found this pattern far too wide, preferring a more fitted streamlined look.

  4. Abby McSherry says:

    hi could you tell me, do you use american sizes or UK ones? if so what UK size is the 18 please

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Abby, to determine what size to use please look at the finished measurements chart, it is a better indication of what size to use.

  5. RIrby says:

    Can someone tell me how this can be adjusted to use cotton (Ankara) fabric. And, I would like it to be floor length.

  6. zainabmomoh says:

    Hi, does this pattern include allowance?

  7. Hi, thank you for answering!

    “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.”

    I am new to sewing clothing, I don’t know how to attach and “close the sleeves”. I will sew more, get experience and come back. Thank you!

  8. Hi, I am newish to sewing knits. I don’t understand before step 3. How do you attach everything, in what order.I don’t see how to attach the sleeves. Does anyone have pictures or instructions for those steps?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi, Jasmine, There are 3 pattern pieces, sew the back first, then the sleeves and then you cut out the neck binding according to the size you have made, fold in half and then you sew it to the cardigan. Step 3 and 4 answers your questions.

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