I had a lot on my plate lately, both sewing-wise and work-wise. I pledged not to test every new pattern and not to say yes to everything. And then Kennis from Itch to Stitch announced that she had a new pattern ready for testing, the Lisbon Cardigan. I live in Northern Norway, which means that even in summer you never ever leave the house without at least a tiny cardigan close by, in case you end up somewhere windy or shadowy. And my work place is kind of semi-casual, which makes pretty cardigans a perfect wardrobe staple. So, I had no choice, I had to apply for testing!
The Lisbon Cardigan is a classic cardigan with bands and sleeve cuffs, it comes in regular and cropped lengths, and with long or 3/4 sleeves. This gives you endless possibilities! Kennis made a gorgeous white version with lace panels in the front, other people used a different fabric for the bands – all of them or just some of them. And I used the back of my double knit for the bands, as you can see.
You should use a knit with at least 50% stretch for this cardigan and the pretty cotton double knit from Miss Matatabi had about 80% stretch. You always get to hear that you shouldn’t use your favourite fabric for a first test, but I knew that I didn’t have the time to make several versions and the double knit just seemed too perfect for my cardigan vision to not use it. It’s pretty thick, 100% cotton and super soft. I bought it months ago and just couldn’t decide what to do with it, nothing seemed just right until this cardigan showed up.
Using such a thick knit gives the cardigan more of a blazer style, especially because I made the cropped length. I also considered making the 3/4 sleeves, since I often pull my sleeves up while working, but decided against it, since I also love dragging my sleeves as far down as possible when I get cold – and it’s so irritating when I realize that I can’t!
The only thing that I’d wish there was a solution for is the fact that there are lots of exposed seams on the inside. You could, in theory, attach the front band and the neck band like you attach a waistband, but, as Kennis wisely pointed out, by that you loose the stretch. Although I wonder if I could use a twin needle, for example, even though that would be somehow visible on the outside.
Kennis suggests another solution in her instructions: a Hong Kong finish with a thin knit – a very classy way of finishing garments! But at least for this round I just didn’t have the energy of finishing the cardigan like this…
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