Ah, winter in Los Angeles! While many parts of the US experience freezing temperatures, here we bundle up when the thermometer hits the 60s. It is true that some days it can get colder, but snow and sleet are things we only see in the movies. One of the best things about winter is wearing cozy sweaters and coats. Maybe we don’t get to wear a North Face triple-insulated parka, but we still need something to keep the cold out.
The Slouchy Cardi by In the Folds falls in the something-to-keep-the-cold-out category. As the name gives it away, it is slouchy and super cozy. After a long love affair with the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet, the Slouchy Cardi came into my life to change things up.
The Slouchy Cardi was created by In the Folds Patterns for as a FREE! download for Peppermint Magazine. It is a knee-length knit cardigan with a relaxed fit and in-seam pockets. There is no hemming with this baby–the edges are finished with a wrap-around collar and the sleeves with cuffs. This pattern was designed for light-to medium-weight knits with at least 20% stretch.
In the Folds was not kidding when it named this pattern Slouchy Cardi. It is very, very roomy. Had I picked a size by my bust size, I would have selected H. I decided to use the finished measurements as my guide, and I used a size E. I really like how it fits; a size H would have swallowed me.
For my first Slouchy Cardi, I used a black and white polka dot ponte from Joann. The fabric is not on the list of suggestions, but it is medium weight and has some stretch.
I am planning a second Cardi with some French terry from Fabric.com. The fabric is lighter than I expected, but I love the stars.
The hardest part of this project was cutting the wrap-around collar. Because the collar is so long, I had to put the fabric on the floor. It took some serious Twister skills to have the fabric on the pin and cut it. Not the smoothest scissors job, but better than hemming.
If you are like me and consider markings more as a suggestion than a necessity, DON’T. It is absolutely necessary to transfer all the markings from the pattern. Make sure that you do it with a marker that will show. When it is time to sew the gargantuan collar, you will be glad you did.
Transfer all markings from the pattern to your fabric. You will need them to properly attach the collar.
This cardi came together very quickly. It is just like sewing a t-shirt. If you are adding pockets, start by sewing each pocket piece to the front and back pieces. I did not stabilize the pocket opening for the ponte cardi, and I feel the pockets are floppy. I did it for the French terry version, and the pockets look much crisper.
You may consider using a strip of interfacing to stabilize the pocket openings. The interfacing will give the fabric some structure, so the pockets don’t look too floppy.
Next, sew the shoulders and make sure to stabilize these seams–there is a lot of fabric pulling the cardi down. I like using twill tape, but interfacing, clear elastic, or a piece of woven fabric cut on a bias will all do the trick. The sleeves follow. Then, sew the side seams, and you are almost done!
Twill tape, clear elastic, interfacing, or even a strip of woven fabric cut on a bias will work to stabilize the shoulder seams.
Now, all that’s left is sewing the cuffs and collar. It might seem that at certain points, there is too much cardi and not enough collar. Don’t worry–the collar is slightly smaller than the cardi; the markings will guarantee that you are spreading the collar evenly. The cuff opening is also smaller than the sleeve opening. Make sure to quarter both openings (divide the neckband into four equal parts and mark those points) so that you can evenly distribute the fabric.
The collar and cuffs are shorter than the edges they attach to. The markings you transfer from the pattern will guide you and help distribute the fabric evenly.
The Slouchy Cardigan
The Slouchy Cardi is like a cozy and warm fabric nest. And have I mentioned cozy? It is so easy to sew, but the pay-off is ten-fold. I want to make a million of them!