OK, so previously I promised you another pattern for sewing (yes, sewing) your own cardigan. So what I’m going to do is not only show you this “other” cardigan pattern but try to compare it with Simplicity 2154. What a bonus I hear you cry!
Let’s take a closer look at this shall we? It comes in two lengths with two necklines & sleeve length variations. But what’s interesting about it is that the pockets you see are real…not faux me dears, but genuine proper welt pockets.
Now I was a bit cautious this time, making view E but without the pockets. You’ll see that is partly to do with the fabric that I was making it out of, but mainly due to laziness. This is an overlocker make on the whole, & I didn’t want to be fiddling around tooooo much with details. I didn’t really want the Chanel look cardigan on this occasion.
The fabric is some patterned acrylic I bought last summer at Manchester’s Abakhan in one of the bargain weigh-your-own bins. Yes I know it’s grey, for some reason I seem to be making loads of grey clothing at the moment. This is not a conscious effort, promise.
And yes, I spent Easter by the sea & we had sunshine…cold, yes, but blue skies and the sun shone on us.
Here’s another seaside pic just to show off. The hat? (A Weekend Hat) Yes I knitted it, but will have to point out its many failings another time – I will tell you it took a darn sight longer than a weekend…
This cardigan pattern uses bands for cuffs, neck, hem & front edges. In fact every discernible edge is finished with a band (complete opposite of Simplicity 2154). So you can see that I did not opt for contrast bands as suggested by the pattern, I did consider it, but did not have anything suitable. Sewing buttonholes on this kind of band was fine too, even though there was no interfacing (or was there? You know I can’t remember! I think I would use interfacing next time….). I had some cream buttons already that I used for giving it some pop.
The instructions for making this particular view were ok- easy to follow. The bands all worked nicely, but I was less happy having to slip stitch the centre front bands inside their long edges. I was tempted to machine stitch in the ditch, but it is a very obvious seam to show through & on this occasion I decided to go slow.
I have worn this cardigan heaps since I finished it – I REALLY like it – the floral fabric is one reason, (cos I love it) but the shape to me is a perfect cardigan – nicely figure hugging & a nice low enough neckline. It looks great buttoned up as well as true cardigan style.
So what about the Face Off? Simplicity 2154 vs McCalls 6708
McCalls 6708 to the left, Simplicity 2154 to the right, blogged about here.
Here they are side by side. McCalls has a better more shapely fit from the width of the sleeve, the narrowness of the cuff & the slight waist shaping. Remember the Simplicity cardigan has been shaped a bit already by me & shortened. I also prefer the neckline of the McCalls pattern, it is lower. And what’s more, upon reflection, I like that the cuff & hem bands on the McCalls as they pull the sleeves/ body of the cardigan in a bit too…
I’d say undone, the McCalls has more of the properties of a knitted cardigan – it is less boxy & more snuggly with its narrow sleeves…
What I love about the Simplicity version is its button band made with grosgrain ribbon – just neatly attached, folded over & top stitched. There are fewer pattern pieces, with hems being turned & topstitched as opposed to extra bands attached & finished. But it still looks less like a knitted cardigan than the McCalls, don’t you think? At one point I was thinking of being tricksty & combining the McCalls shape with the Simplicity button band technique, but feel now that all of the bands bring the style together for the McCalls & it feels to me that to omit the centre front bands would be a design disaster as I wouldn’t want to omit the hem or cuffs.
I have some “grass green” quality knit (with actual wool content!) from Ditto to make up my next cardigan, as I can tell you I am sold on the whole concept of no-knit cardigans… I am leaning towards another McCalls….but with welt pockets this time……& cute buttons 🙂
What is your experience? Anyone tried either of these patterns? Are there any other “knitted” cardigan patterns out there that are a success?