I am very happy to share my first pattern test for Love Notions, the new Canyon Cardigan. This was such a fun group to test for, and I truly adore this pattern. I see many more of these in my future. I LIVE in cardigans in cooler weather, and there are so many style options to choose from!
The cardigan is available in sizes xs through xxxl. This awesome layering piece has options for 3/4 and long sleeves, and a sleeveless vest option. The bottom skirt can be an a-line, a fuller gathered version, or a super fun waterfall version. Be sure to check out the pattern listing, because the creative testers used so many types of fabric, and each one makes the cardigan look just a little different.
I chose a space dye ponte from JoAnn Fabrics; I love the weight this has. The only requirement is that you have about 30% stretch in your 2-way knit. You may be able to use a 4-way, but be very careful that the knit doesn’t “grow” on you. I would recommend checking the neck binding piece against your pattern piece before attaching it, and check fit by basting before sewing it on. It’s a very long piece and it’s very easy for it to stretch a little too much as it’s attached.
The back has a pleat detail, which is a great visual interest point in all three versions. I love the length on this. I’m slightly below average in height, and probably could have shortened mine a bit, but I like that this will cover my bum in the event that I want to wear it with leggings. Instructions on shortening or lengthening the cardigan are included in the pattern.
Because I was making the gathered version, and the direction of the stretch isn’t as important, I rotated my fabric to create a little interest from top to bottom. Now, I just need the weather to cool down so that I can make and wear all the cardigans!
And to sweeten the deal even more, the Canyon Cardigan is on sale through Thursday for $6!
I feel that I could write a chapter on the influence of sewing and motherhood…