Seamwork Oslo cardigan

I finally got round to making up one of the patterns from the very first Seamwork magazine, from Colette Patterns.


Yes, my Dad took these photos!

This is the Oslo cardigan in red. This is some kind of a sweater knit that I had in my stash (cheap from Abakhan once upon a time). It has a loose knit & a degree of cotton in the fibres. But anymore than that I do not know. It appeared to be prone to unravelling more than your usual knit, so I was prepared to treat the cut edges with care & as always  make sure everything was finished with my overlocker.

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Anyway, the Oslo is a cosy cardigan, well suited to snuggling when made in something warm, but I made it up in this light weight knit with great swing, as a summer knit. I rushed it in time for my Cornish Whitsun week away as my other red cardigan has suffered from a traumatic visit to the vet’s & the lacerations caused by poor Merlin’s razor sharp claws (& you should have seen the dress & my skin underneath!) have rendered it rather scruffy….

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Armed with the knowledge that this wardrobe building pattern is a quick make – this is the premise for the Seamwork patterns- I took to making it up in time for my holiday. And I wasn’t disappointed. It is simple to make – as with most knit tops sleeves are inserted flat, then the side seams & sleeve seams sewn in one operation. The sleeves are finished with cuffs & the cardigan’s hem is stitched before attaching the long collar along the front & neck edges in one long go.

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I love the long collar.

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Ooops, eyes closed!

Are you interested in a hem sewing tip for loose knits that are more likely to flute out at their edges? I find that using some kind of hemming tape that dissolves after the first wash (like this but mine was something different) is a great way to control the hem edge where you want it, much more thoroughly than pressing it would achieve.

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I’ve really enjoyed having a cardigan like this to wear. I haven’t added any fastenings to it, but it is so very arm-huggingly-wrappable – that pose that often gets assumed by the seaside, to keep the sea breeze at bay!

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The cuffs are vvveeerrrryyyy long too, so they can be folded to keep your wrists warm, or unfolded to snuggle chilly hands.  This is the pattern I will use for at least one of my purple cardigans– for my Mum.  She wants a cardi with 3/4 or even 1/2 length sleeves.  She’s a layering lady!

And following on from its original week away by the sea, it is a great casual cardi, worn with the ‘more casual’ side of my wardrobe.  At the moment I am sat writing wearing it with a white vest top & my Floral Hudsons.  It’s getting worked!

19 thoughts on “Seamwork Oslo cardigan

  1. ooobop!

    Oh that looks well snugly, Winnie! Hats off to you for working with that knit. I can see how open that weave is and you’ve stitched it to perfection. And I love the ‘dad photos’!! xxx

  2. Lynda

    That looks great. Just ordered new sewing machine which will be delivered on Monday all due to you inspiring me to get sewing again 🙂 Thanks

  3. Berte

    Lovely! I have some fab blue linen knit From Cloth House and have been wondering what to make. Maybe this is it. It would be fitting, as I live a mere 30 min train ride from Oslo.

    Love your Dad photos, btw. He clearly brings out your playful side (not that you hide it normally).

    1. Berte

      Just remembered, as I read through your post again to see what you said about construction, that I have another trick for keeping flimsy hems in place as I sew: temprary basting spray. Made for quilters, it is a godsend for jersey fabric sewists. And for appliqué, for instance elbow patches. This stuff dissolves in contact with air, so it is temporary. And with my limited experience I’ve found no adverse effects, only perfect patches and hems.

  4. Jennifer Hill

    Mmm, love it! Love that fabric and the colour! I have the pattern, too, so lovely to see it made up. I do love a long cuff, and thanks for the hemming tip. I’ve never yet sewn with knits but am trying to persuade myself it can’t be as hard as aaall that, even with my ancient and VERY basic machine. Jen

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Give it a go Jen! There is a lot of help out there for sewing with knits on a regular machine. There is the June edition of Seamwork (free online articles) with this article on sewing knits without a serger. Then Tilly has a new online course that also takes you through the same mysteries & will undoubtedly help build your confidence. Good luck!!

      1. Jennifer Hill

        Thank you so for your encouragement – I will, I will, I will!! I subscribe to Seamwork and have read that article, very helpful! The internet’s an amazing thing! Thanks again, Jen

  5. jennifer miller

    What a pretty cardigan (and lovely vacation spot). I’ve always loved cardigans…long, short and in-between and in most any weather. Am hoping to sew like the wind to create my wardrobe. But I’ve wondered about sweater knits, Difficult to sew? I have a nice new sewing machine (I named it Stella), but no overlocker. How in the world does one proceed? (Too long a question? Sorry)

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Jennifer,
      I think sweater knits vary- some are more closely knitted than others & I expect that the tighter knitted ones are just like sewing regular knits. however, this one i sewed with is a loose weave & I am not sure how it would behave with a regular sewing machine – even Stella! You would definitely need to finish the seams to stop the edges fraying. My overlocker totally dominated those fraying edges so it wasn’t a problem for me. It’s probably best to get a sample or to buy in a shop so you know what you are buying ? I hope that helps?


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