cosy mulberry cardigan

And now for a more modern cardigan (pattern is copyright 2013) – McCalls 6844. It has been very popular on pattern review, with 63 reviews.  I wanted the pattern NOW! (and cheaply), so I used to get a downloadable version.  As I am not a big peplum fan and wouldn’t be needing those big semicircular pieces, I thought this would be a fairly easy one to print out and piece together and I was right.

This is my second make for sew stretchy (the monthly stitch).

I picked up the fabric while away for a weekend recently, searching for fabric stores I’d never visited.  It is heavy on the poly but I’m not sure how else to describe it.  It’s not a double knit, spongy and reasonably open knit but doesn’t fray.  It was a 2m remnant – with a big square and a big circle out of one corner (quality control sampling?).  That limited me to the shorter version A but it is plenty long enough.  I like the subtle high-low hem and subtle shaping in the sides seams.  I love the fabric – the neckband feels like a snuggly scarf and the colour makes me happy – I love a variegated fabric like this.


Construction was straight forward, but like most reviewers I set the sleeves in flat and I didn’t use interfacing on the neckband.  (btw – I found a tutorial on the low price fabric blog while I was looking at other people’s versions).  I used a straight stitch on my machine with my walking foot, which worked well on multiple layers of the lofty fabric.  I then overlocked the seams.  The sleeve hemming I did before sewing up the side seams and then I hemmed the bottom.  For hemming I used a twin needle and walking foot.


The skirt is simplicity 2152 (sewn last winter)

Project summary

pattern:  McCalls 6844 (from

fabric:  knit from Brian’s Fabrics and Accessories (Warana, Qld)


I am reading this at the moment and enjoying it very much (the section markers are little thread spools!):

Have you ever read any good ‘sewing’ fiction?


6 thoughts on “cosy mulberry cardigan

  1. I wasn’t aware of this website either – $5 is certainly cheaper than spending the $20 at Spotlight although the process does sound a bit arduous. I’ve been eyeing up this cardi after seeing someone else make it, yours looks great!


    • I’ll tell you that site is great to get hard copy patterns too! If spotlight doesn’t have what you want and you order, it can take forever. But regularly has sales and the postage to AUS from US for a couple of patterns is not too bad and they don’t take very long to arrive. And you can often get the new release patterns earlier than they become available down under ;o)


  2. thanks! – It was fairly simple. But you don’t get a PDF, you have to download a reader and then you have an account on the site where you can see your patterns and download the pattern or instructions. I don’t even know if you can save the pattern as it’s in some locked format. Is that the same as the simplicity site?

    It was a bit of an experiment for me. This one was okay, but I have another Burda dress that will be a pain in the butt to stick together. I too prefer to be emailed a pdf, especially if it has all the pieces on one page and I can take it to officeworks to get printed (usually have to do it over 2 sheets though as the US paper sizes don’t match the AUS ones).


    • Hmmm that does sound suspiciously like what I tried to do via simplicity. I tried 3 different computers and totally cracked the sads over it. I think unless it’s a PDF I’m just not going to bother. And as you’ve mentioned the paper versions are great value. I’m glad it worked out for you though!


  3. It’s turned out beautifully! Was the download process easy off that website, as in did you get emailed a PDF or did you have to go through a long laborious process of installing dodgy software etc like the simplicity website? I’ve been scarred by that experience!


  4. Beautiful color on the cardigan and it looks very nice on you. I am definitely getting this pattern.

    The novel The Pink Suit fits a reading void I’m in. My friend and I were talking that we hadn’t read any good books lately. Now I want a Pink suit like the one on the cover and I don’t like suits. Cheers. 🙂


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