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Date: 1/5/11 7:41 PM

I'm looking for some input here. I have a beautiful piece of knit, probably poly blend. It's a bit on the heavier side, with loops like a boucle, and I just love it, but am having trouble finding a good cardi/sweater type pattern for it. It has a wonderful drape to it, is very soft. It would do for something a little dressy, probably wouldn't take to buttonholes very well, is kind of loosely knitted - not by hand, though.

I'm about 6' tall, and do not like things too close around my neck, but something draped would be good. Any ideas folks? Thanks.
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Date: 1/6/11 10:20 AM

On Fabric.com, there is a free pattern download by HotPatterns. You might take a look and see what you think of that one...
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In reply to aireal

Date: 1/6/11 10:58 AM

I've used sweater knits with a number of Loes Hinse sweater and jacket patterns. The designs are a little dressier than the typical cardi design. They work best with drapey wovens or knits. If you don't want to do buttonholes in your fabric, you can use thread loops and buttons or large snaps with interesting decorative buttons on top (reinforcing the inside fronts, of course).

The Garbo, the Bolero, or Bolero Multiples might work well for you. I love the simple elegance of her patterns.

Ignore the pattern photos! As many here will attest, they don't do the patterns justice. These are beautifully drafted patterns that are very simple to make.
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Date: 1/6/11 11:13 AM

You could use Sarah's copied cardigan technique.. and then you don't even have to buy a pattern!The ease of just winging it like that is probably why there are so few cardigan patterns.

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Date: 1/6/11 12:18 PM

I have made Christine Jonson's Swing jacket in boucle a few times. THe last version(which I like the best) I took out the "swing" at the side seams and just used the nice neckline finish. In the end I have a nice cardi that I wear with a narrow leather belt to hold it closed, and it looks great with a blouse or knit top.
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Date: 1/6/11 12:42 PM

Thanks for the help ladies. They are all good ideas, I'm kind of leaning towards the Swing jacket. I think my beautiful fabric would look great in that style, and it would feel good to wear, also. Now I'm thinking about belts, or buttons with loops. Now I'm excited about it. Thanks again, will make this my first review when I'm done.
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Date: 1/6/11 12:46 PM

Yeah, I would try that method, but I have no likely candidate to copy from at this time. I had a roommate years ago, a real artist, who could simply lay out a piece of fabric, and eyeball the cardi pattern, then just cut it out - and it would fit and look great. I am definitely not up to that standard, but I will give the copy method a try. Oh, and I love the London hood idea, really cool with the attached scarf. Very clever.
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In reply to aireal

Date: 1/6/11 7:09 PM

If you purchase any of CJ's patterns I do not think you will be disappointed. She has excellent pattern drafts, very complete directions with excellent drawings, and some very clever construction techniques. Of all of my clothes that I really wear that I have made in the last 10 years, 80% are from CJ. NAYY, just a very happy customer!

I cannot wait to see your review!
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Date: 1/7/11 11:45 AM

Burdastyle had one 04-2010-117 reviewed here by Mary Nana

It's not draped, just a basic V neck buttoned cardigan.
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Morphology: Petite at 1m53 (5'), Burda size altered 19 or altered 38, Big 4 size 10 or 12 depending on ease;
Alterations: Petite, Narrow Shoulders, Slim Arms, Narrow waist, Increase Back Crotch Depth. Considering: Forward Neck/Rounded Upper Back, Slight Swayback;
Style: Feminine, Colorful, Fitted, Clean lines;
Favorite Garment type: Dress;
Favorite Colors: Purple, Navy, Brown, Shocking Pink, Coral, Aqua;
Favorite Fibers, Weaves or Patterns: Cotton, Linen, Cotton Silk blend, Seersucker, Swiss Dot, Lawn, Denim, Stripes, Chevron, Window pane Plaid, Bias;
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