Soooooo. here’s that tutorial I promised you from way back when. I made my first version for Project Run and Play, but this one is a simplified cardi with no tie or pockets. (though those are easy to add!)
I love the grandpa style cardi on kids-and it’s so easy to make you’ll want to whip up one in every color knit you have! These are great for upcycling old cardigans too-but look for cardis that have the band around the bottom and neck so that you can reuse that.
Another note: I’ve used this exact method to make cardis for myself!
So grab some knit and let’s go! I used some jersey knit (this color, from Girl Charlee), but my practice cardi for PR&P was in interlock and it worked fine, too.
read on for the tutorial!
First: the pattern. You can trace around a tee or other cardigan for the back pattern piece. (fold on the left) For the front pattern piece, draw a curved shape like so…you could use another cardi to get the right curve, or just go for it. (my main MO) Also make a sleeve pattern with the length you prefer. (see this tutorial for instructions.)
Then cut one of the back on the fold, two of the front, two sleeves on the fold, and two long strips of fabric, one 2″ wide, and the other 2.5″.
Next sew the front and back pieces right sides together at the shoulders.
Next fold under and press the sleeve to create the hem, then sew with a double needle. (tips here)
Repeat for other sleeve.
Then pin the curved part of the sleeve into the armhole of the cardi, right sides together, and sew. Repeat for other sleeve, then sew the sides and bottom of the sleeves together. (guess I missed a pic of that step, sorry!)
Next, take the wider strip of fabric and press it in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing.
Pin and sew it to the bottom of the cardi and press.
Press the other strip of fabric lengthwise as well, wrong sides facing. Then at one end, flip around the edges so the right sides are facing.
Sew along the end like so, back stitching for durability.
Flip it back right sides out and press.
Then, lining it up with the bottom of one side of the cardi, pin around the neckline like so.
Continue around the other side, then make a mark when you get to the other end, then do the same thing you did at the beginning, flip so right sides are together, sew, trim, then flip back and press.
Then sew around the neckline and press! You can also top stitch around the bottom and neckline if you wish.
Add a tie, pockets, buttons…embellish however you like!