I put together this tutorial for a cocoon cardigan for you and I am so excited about it. I love a loose fitting cardigan. It has everything I look for with a good layering piece. It’s long enough in the back to wear with leggings, it’s loose and drapey so that it’s flattering, and it has a modern on trend silhouette. It’s also very easy to make and here is how to make your own:
- 2 yards of knit fabric
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
Step 1 – Cut your fabric into two rectangles that are 30″ wide and 40″ long. The most stretch should be along the 30″ length.
Step 2 – On the inside top edge cut at curved line from 5 inches in and 10 inches down. (This will taper the top edge for the neck and shoulders.) Also cut a straight line 11 inches in from to top right corner to 18 inches down. Repeat a reflected version on the other piece of fabric.
Step 3 – With right sides together, sew the two pieces together at the center back. (I just serged this seam, but in retrospect it would look a lot nicer if you did a french seam.) Connect the new top right corner to the bottom right corner and the new top left corner to the bottom left corner. Sew together with right sides together to create a sleeve.
Step 4 – Measure up the sleeve seam from the point 5 inches and cut a vertical line through all layers to create the sleeve opening.
Step 5 – On both the armholes and the body opening turn back edge by 1/4″ and then another 1″ to create hems. Stitch at just under 1″ to finish it. Because it is so oversized there really is no tension on these seams, so even though it is a knit fabric you can still do a basic straight stitch. (Because of the drape of this style you will most likely see these hems so make sure that they look nice.)
Step 6 – At the neck, sew a gathering stitch from the top to 6 inches down on the center back seam. Gather that stitch until it is 3 inches in length. Stitch on top of the gather to secure it.