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Chic and Easy Cardigan Jacket, Part 1: Fabric and Pattern

Made from knit fabric, it's as comfy as a sweater

Video: Threads magazine

Pamela Leggett, a frequent Threads author, shares a shortcut to a Chanel-type jacket. Her easy and fast method yields a stylish cardigan jacket with the comfort of a sweater and the look of the designer classic. It features a partial lining, pretty trim, and real or faux pockets. Find out more in “Chic Knit Jacket.”

Select appropriate fabric

This jacket requires a textured knit, rather than the traditional bouclĂ© or tweed. “Novelty knits” is the term frequently used to describe these textiles. Boiled wool knits and wool-blend knits are also suitable. Make sure there is some stretch for comfort, and the fabric must also recover to its original size and shape.

Choose and adapt a pattern

Start with a favorite T-shirt pattern. You’ll need to adapt the pattern to add some ease, so the finished jacket can be worn over other garments. You’ll learn some basic grading techniques as you adjust the pattern. In addition to adding circumference to the body and sleeve, you’ll also add a cut-on front facing, 1 1/2 inches wide. This facing will support the trims and any closures.

You’ll also draft neckline facing patterns, so the finished jacket has a cleanly finished neckline.

Finally, create a pattern for the partial lining, which covers only the upper part of the back. Base this on the jacket back pattern. Trace the neckline, shoulder seam, and armhole, and a few inches of the side seam. Curve the lower edge to center back at whatever length you prefer, and add a 1-inch-wide extension at center back, for an ease pleat.

Lining fabric options

This abbreviated lining is the place to use a luxurious and pretty fabric. You’ll only need a small amount, so you can opt for a beautiful printed silk, or make use of scraps from…

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