This wrap cardigan pattern is based on the DKNY Cozy which can be worn in a multitude of ways. My version is rayon-spandex jersey bought at Joann’s (where else?).
I made some changes to the original pattern. I made “view A”, but extended the sleeves 6 inches. DKNY’s Cozy has a generously long sleeves, and I didn’t like the cuffs on Simplicity’s view B. I also left off the elastic gathering at the neckline. It seemed like it would bulk up this incredibly lightweight fabric. Many versions posted to Sewing Pattern Review left off hemming the edges. In theory, the knit will not unravel, but I was worried it would wear out with all the stretching and tying. Fortunately, I found a hemming solution in my son’s crayon box.
It held the hem in place better than pins did and it still allowed it to stretch after being sewn. It also went through the wash without any problem. Is there a sewing tool already available that does this? I have yet to hear of one.
Exciting Things About This Project
- A new technique for hemming knits!
- More practice with knits. I’m really starting to get a feel for it.
- It is nice when a handmade clothing item is cheaper than the store-bought version. This is not alway the case.
- Feeling totally sophisticated draped in yards of fabric. 🙂