Cozy Raglan Cardigan
This is a quick and easy garment to sew. It includes detailed written instructions, and there is a free online video tutorial that a beginner can follow.
Size Range and Fitting:
The pattern is available in two size ranges. The F to GG range includes 28 sizes (children ages 2 to 13 [EU 92 to 155] and adults XS to 2X [US 4 to 24]) for chests 20-1/2 inches to 51-1/8 inches and waists 20-7/8 inches to 46-1/8 inches. The extended range, DD to MM, is available in PDF format only. It includes 10 sizes (1X to 5X [US 20 to 36]) for busts 47 inches to 63 inches and waists 41-1/2 inches to 61 inches. The cardigan is fitted through the shoulder area and more generously cut around the torso.
Choose medium-weight, two-way-stretch fabrics such as sweater knits, sweatshirt fleece, scuba, lightweight ponte di Roma, and double knits. Heed the minimum 30-percent stretch recommendation, otherwise the cardigan could be too tight across the shoulders.
Style and Sewing Details:
This grandpa-style cardigan has raglan sleeves and a choice of two body lengths. The short view, not illustrated, measures 24 inches at center back; the longer version is 28 inches at center back and includes front patch pockets. The front edges are finished with a 1-3/8-inch-wide band that may be partially interfaced for the optional button closure. The back neckline is completed with a 2-inch-wide cut-on facing that creates a funnel-like shape to hug the back neck.
- The pattern has 1/4-inch-wide seam allowances, so be careful not to trim if you choose to serge.
- All measurements are provided in imperial and metric units. The instructions are available in French as well as English.
- Our tester advises to stay away from firm fabrications and instead opt for malleable fabrics with sufficient stretch. Otherwise, pieces may not align.
- The PDF versions of the pattern have a helpful layer-printing option to isolate and print a specific size.
This review was originally published in Threads #224, Winter 2023. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.
Photos: Jack Deutsch. Illustrations: Kelly Keenan.