Believe it or not, I don’t actually like making cardigans. If that’s the case, you may be wondering, why are you part of a blog tour about cardigans?? Valid question!
Even though I kind of detest making cardigans, I love wearing them, especially in the fall and winter, and because of that, I’ve found myself making quite a few over the years. I’m hot and heavy into preparing for an upcoming trip, so I haven’t had the time (or motivation, let’s face it, it’s hard to get motivated to sew cardigans when it’s 90+ degrees out) to make any cardigans, so instead I’m rounding up a few of my favorites that I’ve made over the years. (Warning: it’s also a tour of Katie’s hairstyles over the last few years — wow, I look different in some of these photos!)
Favorite Draped/Loose Cardigan: The Love Notions Canyon Cardigan
My nod in this category goes to my most recent cardigan make — the Canyon Cardigan (affiliate link) by Love Notions.
I don’t particularly care for most scarf-neck cardigans because I don’t like having lots of fabric around my neck, and the way this cardigan is constructed works really well for me.
Favorite Cardigan for the Office: The Muse Patterns Jenna Cardi
Every office rat like me needs a few basic “twin set” style cardigans. There are a few options out there now, but my personal choice is the Muse Patterns Jenna Cardi. I particularly like that it has a V-neck option (via the expansion pack), which I find very flattering.
As you can see, I didn’t bother with buttons on mine. I never use them anyway!
Favorite Cap Sleeve Cardigan: The Mouse House Julia Cardigan
This is an oldie but a goodie, the Mouse House Julia Cardigan. I made a few of these cardigans more than two years ago but I still wear them! The banded option is really easy to put together — always a plus if you want to crack out two or three!
Favorite Vest Cardigan: The LN Canyon Cardigan
And I’m back to the Canyon Cardigan (affiliate link)! We do have seasons in Kansas, but our warm season tends to be long — it starts to warm up in February or March and won’t get really cold until December. That means that for a good chunk of the year, I find myself wanting vests more than actual cardigans.
When I tested the Canyon, I opted for the vest version for this very reason. I really hope to add a couple more vests to my wardrobe in the spring!
Runner Up/Honorable Mention: The Seamwork Wembley Cardigan
The Seamwork Wembley goes in the honorable mention category for me because I really do like the idea and shape of it, but I think it needs some altering to get a really good fit. It tends to run wide in the shoulders, and the band finish can make the flared back sit a little funny.
So while I like the pattern, and I think it’s a steal for $3.00 as part of a Seamwork (referral link) subscription, know that it may not fit great straight out of the envelope.
So there you have it — my personal choice for fall cardigan patterns. No matter what your style, there is something there for everyone!