From Me Made May we discovered that Paul needed a few more cardigans. He started a new job 3 months ago and his new office is very cold. It doesn’t help that it’s mid-winter here in New Zealand!
We wanted a plain V neck style cardigan which would look good buttoned up or open. I came across the Andrew Cardigan which is a relaxed, modern fit.
The pattern is available to purchase for around $5 US dollars and is 26 A4 pages to assemble if you’re planning to print the at-home version. I followed most of the instructions which were fairly good. This pattern has 1.5cm seam allowances included and the size range is 44 – 54. Paul’s versions are in a size 44. We didn’t make any changes to the pattern.
These are the few different cardigan patterns that I considered while I tried to find the perfect pattern: Thread Theory Newcastle Newcastle and Jennifer Lauren Handmade Auden. I prefer patterns that have a waistband rather than a sew up hem, that’s why I went with the Andrew cardigan.
The version above is made of a snugly Marc Jacobs Merino knit from The Fabric Store. Paul and I decided to mix between the right side and the wrong side of the fabric to create a streetwear look.
I didn’t have too many issues with making the buttonholes. I made sure that I had prepared the fabric properly by interfacing with knit interfacing and pressing the facing flat. My tip for sewing buttonholes is to hold the buttonhole foot down hard on either side while sewing. This helps the fabric to grip to the presser feet and it glides along easily.
The cardigan above is my first interpretation of the pattern. The fabric is a fleeced wool sweat-shirting with minimal stretch. The green looks great with the natural wooden buttons and goes with lots of items in Paul’s closet.
This is a great pattern to make! I like the cut of the cardigan and it looks great undone or done up. Hopefully, these Andrew cardigans will keep Paul stylish and warm in the office!