McCalls 6844: DIY Crochet Effect Knit Cardigan
A quick post for a super quick make: McCalls 6844…an extremely popular pattern from McCalls last year, and yes, a definite winner. So many potential fabrics and looks from this pattern.
I made a very lightweight, casual summer version using this crochet effect fabric supplied by Click Fabrics. This fabric might be a little scary to sew with initially. It is very soft and feels a little bit like you are trying to sew cotton wool. But it behaved brilliantly on both my machine and serger. I wore this outfit today to the cinema and it was perfect to keep the air conditioned chill at bay. It would also be the perfect weight cardigan to take travelling or on a plane, and this fabric is so lovely and soft it would be fabulous made into something special for a little person.
There’s not a great deal to say about this cardigan that hasn’t already been said. For my version I:
- Did not interface the collar. I wanted to keep the feel soft and drapey.
- Cut a single layer for all pieces to match the stripes.
- Did a 1 inch sway back adjustment.
- Shortened the sleeves by 4.5 inches.
- Cut view A but levelled the hem off.
Oh, yes, I have to mention the bag (because I LOVE it). It is this one from LK Bennett. The gold option (the one I have) is sold out, but there are some other gorgeous colours left. It is the perfect summer bag (for me), but what I love about it is that I can zip the sides up and completely change the shape when I get bored with it.
So that’s it for today. Back soon with my first pair of trousers!! Until then, happy sewing.