As soon as I saw the Carrie Cardigan pattern in this month’s Simply Sewing Magazine I added straight to my list of things to make in March! After a fleeting ‘fool’s spring’ a couple of weeks ago, temperatures are back to below average for this time of year and I’m still wearing all the layers. My Marlo sweater has been in heavy rotation, so another cosy cardigan seemed like a most excellent idea.
The pattern is by Delia Creates – I had not heard of Delia before but I’m glad I’ve found her website, which is packed full of sewing, crochet, gardening and DIY tips and projects. Her Instagram feed is a visual treat too and I absolutely love her style – so much so that I completely copied her sample version of the cardigan. Sorry, Delia!
I had a really good browse online for suitable fabric for the cardigan and I found plenty of options, but I kept coming back to that gorgeous army green sample version. I tracked down the cotton cable knit fabric at Minerva, but I really didn’t want to spend £25.99 per metre, so I kept looking. After a couple of days nothing else had come close and when the stock level went down to 3m I realised how gutted I would be if it sold out, so I bought the 2m I needed! You definitely get what you pay for – the fabric is beautiful quality and spending £52 on a cardigan I will wear regularly for years is a sensible investment.
The cardigan is a really straightforward project with only 4 pattern pieces – front, back, placket band and cuffs. I made the size XS, went for the longer length, longer sleeve version and it took me all of about 20 minutes to cut out my project! I didn’t actually refer to the cutting layouts and I’m glad I didn’t as they don’t show that the placket bands needs to be cut on the fold, which could have been a big problem! Other than that error the instructions were fine, although it would have been useful to have some notches to match up when attaching the placket band. I had to use the quartering method to ensure the fabric was distributed evenly.
After having a nightmare sewing some thick knit fabric for a Mother’s Day Marlo for my mum, I was actually dreading making this cardigan! Fortunately, it was smooth sailing – I used a 90 ball point needle, raised my overlocker foot pressure to 1 and adjusted the differential feed to 1.5. Crossing the placket band and cuff seams was the trickiest part, but my machine coped admirably without a skipped stitch in sight! Changing the differential feed helped enormously to avoid wavy seams and a good steamy press ensured a nice flat finish.
I think it only took about 90 minutes to sew the cardigan and I reckon it would take less than an hour if the fabric was easier to work with. I don’t do much sewing for others, but the speed of making the Carrie combined with not having to worry about fit would make it a great option if you were looking for a pattern to make for someone as a gift. I’ll almost definitely make another Carrie at some point – I’d like to try the shorter, short sleeved version next in a lighter weight knit fabric for summer layering.