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Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: Copycat Cardigan

Riff number 6, the halfway mark in my yearlong challenge to create something different from a single pattern. After my flight of fancy back in time for my springtime Birthday Dress, this offering is more practical. Early summer temperatures dipped and we had lovely sunny days with nice breezes and cool “sleeping weather” nights. I found myself pulling on an old—I mean 15 years or more old—ready-to-wear (RTW) favorite. It’s just a simple cardigan made from T-shirt jersey with snaps up the front, but I wear it all the time. I have tried to find another one, but even the store where I bought it eons ago has closed. As you can see, this is a crazy simple cardigan, but sometimes simple is what works. I decided I could certainly come up with copycat cardigan, and the Fit for Art Patterns Tabula Rasa Jacket would be a great starting point.

RTW favorite cardi with snaps down the front


Fit for Art Patterns Tabula Rasa Jacket

PATTERN SPECIAL: Fit for Art Patterns is offering the Tabula Rasa Jacket at a 15 percent discount when you use the coupon code TRJBecky at checkout, as Becky continues her Riffs on a Trusted Pattern adventure throughout 2022. Plus, now through September 19, 2022, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off two more pattern variations: Tabula Rasa Knit Tee & Tunic and Twin Set Variations for Tabula Rasa Knits. Be sure to also use coupon code TRJBecky for these additional discounts. Stay tuned for other discounts from Fit for Art Patterns throughout this series.


The fabric and alterations

When the lightweight knit I ordered arrived, I realized it was heavier than I was expecting. Still, the fabric is a really nice cotton blend sweater knit and just a bit heavier than my RTW favorite. It would do nicely.

Black cardi with snaps, sketchbook, pattern envelope, gray fabric, and glasses lying on a gridded cutting mat

Neckline

Two of my earlier riffs, the Bowling Shirt and Birthday Dress, included a simple rounded…

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