The Hooded Cardigan with Pockets, Proteus: Part 2

hooded cardiganThis weekend we are going to make a hooded cardigan with pockets.  This is part two of the Proteus cardigan series where we are using the same pattern to make a few different looks.  Previously I had shared with you the Proteus cardigan with bishop sleeves.  The body of the cardigan is the same as before, however, the sleeves, hood, and pocket are new.  This is a new and complete pattern in itself but also represents an evolution of the style we worked on in Part 1, so don't forget to check it out before we move on.

Cardigan Pattern for Many Occasions, Proteus: Part 1

I am also using a slightly heavier fabric than part one, a 4-way stretch knit perfect for the project. Check out the fabric suggestions if you want the same look.  So if you have already downloaded the first part, all you have to print now is the hood and the sleeves.

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I am loving this hooded cardigan for the versatility, can be worn open for a casual look or belted for an hourglass more sophisticated look.  The hood is handy for the pesky sun or the cold wind in the late afternoon Autumn day.

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hooded cardiganPockets on the side to keep your hands warm.

Hooded cardiganThis project is for an advanced beginner and will require the ability to follow instructions and previous experience with working with knits.

This hooded cardigan is best suited for the hourglass figure however other shapes can wear it successfully if proportions according to the body shape are kept.

Body Shape: Tips to Make Your Style Match Your Figure


  • 2.5 yards of 60″ wide 4-way sweater knit fabric
  • Thread to match


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Finished Measurements

Bust 33″ 37″ 41″ 44″ 48″
Waist 39″ 43″ 47″ 51″ 55″
Hem Width 63″ 67″ 71″ 73″ 77″

How To Sew Your Hooded Cardigan With Pockets

The sewing is the same as in the first one, but of course, since we have an additional hood finishing.  You will need to trace two rectangles 9″ X 8″ for the pockets and two strips of fabric 1″ X the length from the center front to the hem plus 2″.  Both pockets and strip will have the grain-line running lengthwise

Note: Use your selvage to cut the strips of fabric, the selvage does not ravel therefore you will not have to use the overlocker nor zigzag in that area.

How To Draft Your Pocket

Make a rectangle that is 9″ Long by 8″ wide. Add 5/8″ to one of the sides at the bottom. Re-trace the side. It looks like a funny shape now but it will be clear to you once you pin the pockets to the cardigan. Hooded cardiganOverlock or zigzag the top of the pockets. Fold 1″, stitch and iron and put aside.

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Step One:

There are 4 pieces for the hood but just one pattern piece.  This means you need to sew two pieces together to make one inside of the hood and another two pieces to make the outside of the hood.  There will be a center seam on each side.  Sew the curved side right sides together. Repeat with the other two pieces. Hooded cardigan

We will join both sides by sewing the opening or the area that frames the face of the hood.  Right sides together sew. Turn and stitch 5/8″ from the edge.

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Iron and leave aside for now.

Step Two:

Right sides together, sew the shoulders and use your overlocker or zigzag to clean the seam and stop the fabric from raveling.

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Hang the cardigan on your shoulders and decide how high your pockets are going to be. Pin the pockets placing the slanted side to the at the side seams of the cardigan. Once we sew the cardigan we will also be sewing the side of the pocket.

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Sew the pocket using a very small stitch, I used a 2.5 on my Bernina 350 PE (fellow fans of Bernina sewing machines, click here). I have put the side seam of the cardigan together to make sure the pockets are at the same height.  Hope you do not get confused here.

Hooded cardiganSew on the sides towards the center front and bottom only.  The other side of the pocket will be sewn when we join the front and back of the cardigan.Hooded cardigan Sew very close to the edge of the pocket, this stitch will almost not be visible. If you prefer a more casual look you can do a double stitch using a twin needle.

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Step Three:

Pin the center seam of the hood to the center of the neckline.

Hooded cardiganPin the strip of fabric on top of the hood.   I have joined the two strips together and I am aligning the seam of the strip with the seams of the hood.

Hooded cardiganSo you will end up with a sandwich cardigan+hood+strip of fabric. Pin the strip of fabric from the neckline to the front all the way to the hem then repeat on the other side.  Sew the same way from the neckline to the hem on one side, then from the neckline to the hem on the other side.

This technique both conceals the seam allowance at the neckline and finished the front edge of the cardigan.

Step Four:

Sew the sleeves to the cardigan then use your overlocker or zigzag the seam allowance.

Step Five:

It is time to sew the sides of this hooded cardigan starting from the sleeve all the way to the hem.  Overlock or zigzag the seam allowance open. This is my preference because when I go to make the hem it will lie nice and flat.  When you overlock or zigzag the sides together there will be a lump at the sides.

Step Six:

Overlock or zigzag the hem keeping the sides seam allowance open.

Hooded cardiganTurn the hem 5/8″ and sew.

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Step Seven:

Now it is time to sew the strip down start at the neckline.  Because we are using the selvage there is no need to overlock, but if you do not like the look, by all means, do pass the overlocker at the edge without cutting the fabric then stitch all the way to the hem.  Repeat on the other side.

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Why sew it this way you might ask?  If you start on one side then finish on the other many times you will have fabric either missing or too much fabric at the end.  Experience has taught me this is a better way to avoid mistakes. Since it is a challenge to unpick knit I rather avoid it as much as I can.

Is there an easy way to unpick knit fabrics?

Hope you enjoy this week's project and the finished product.  I'm looking forward to wearing it with a belt and double lobster claw where I have my wallet on one side and my car keys on the other.   As always ladies and gentlemen, have a lovely time sewing.

Until next time, keep your scissors sharp!

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26 Responses to The Hooded Cardigan with Pockets, Proteus: Part 2

  1. Maria says:

    I really don’t understand part 3, with the strip. What is the use? I can’t even see it in the pictures. I don’t know if you read comments here anymore since the pattern has been around for a while, but I would really appreciate some further guidance regarding this. Much love, Maria

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Maria, please read the first cardigan instructions linked on this post. It is done to sew all the pieces together give strength to the cardigan and finish the seam.

  2. Gisela Curnow says:

    Fun and fast make, I was a little worried about putting the hood on but the instructions were super easy to follow and it came together without any need for a seam ripper!
    Lovely pattern thank you for sharing it.

    • Gisela Curnow says:

      I made one out of stretch blue velvet. It was the first time sewing a hood but the pattern and instructions made it easy. My daughter wants one as well!

      Great pattern. Thank you for sharing.

      • Mayra Cecilia says:

        Well you are simply amazing, love the fact that working with one of the most difficult fabrics in the planet did not faced you.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Yes, it is very easy to make, glad you found it that way!

  3. Nicole says:

    Thanks for this pattern ! I just got it printed and assembled 🙂 eeek ! Cannot wait to cut and sew .
    I wanted to know if you have patterns available to print on A0 (shop file)? Just curious as it makes a huge difference .

    Thanks again

  4. Rose OK says:

    Just double checking, if I have the Easy Long Cardigan pattern, I only need to print out the hood pattern pieces to make the Hooded Cardigan, correct? I will make the back piece all one fabric.

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  6. Lucille C Naber says:

    Could you use fleece for this pattern??

  7. Mary P. Conkling says:

    Looks fun to sew!

  8. Sandy says:

    I am a little confused on the Step 3 instructions. What are the two strips of fabric you are referring too? Is it the back + the hood + front/shoulder pieces that make up the “sandwich”? And thank you for this, and other patterns! I recently lost a cardigan with a hood I bought from GoodWill, and was going to use it as a pattern.. but lost it first, this is so helpful!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sandy, the strip starts at the back with the hood then continues at the front of the cardigan. It will come clear once you have to attach the hood. Have you cut the fabric yet?

  9. Yolande Bergeron says:

    This pattern seems very easy to do. It will be a nice gift for my daughters.
    Thank you

  10. Laurinda says:

    How much ease does this have? This is almost my size, but that would depend on the ease

  11. Gayle says:

    Why do your patterns require so many pages?

  12. Mike says:

    How would this be best modified for a straight body shape?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mike, you would have to measure the shoulders and chest area and see if they fit on any of the sizes if not your would have to increase the shoulders and do a full bust adjustment. Both very easy to make to a search on our site I have already covered both subjects.

  13. Teresa says:

    I know you made it out of knit, but could a denim or flannel be used?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      This is design to be used with knits only. You need the stretch for it to fall around the body with flow.

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