Fabric Choices for the Classic Cardigan
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Fabric Choices for the Classic Cardigan

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 Introducing the Classic Cardigan!!!

This Classic Cardigan features 3 different lengths, multiple sleeve length options, large patch pockets, and a great fin in sizes 00-30.

We always get lots of questions about different fabric types that work with new release patterns, so here is a little guide of some of the fabrics that have been used and how they look!  

This pattern is designed for stable sweater knits and french terry with at least 30% horizontal stretch.  A variety of fabrics can be used from heavy weight to light open weave sweater knits.  No two fabircs are ever going to behave exactly the same, so taking stock of your fabric is important.  Check the stretch, the recovery, the amount the fabric grows based on it's natural drape, and how well the fabric holds a press.  All of these things will affect the finished fit and look of your garment.

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Ribbed or Cable Sweater Knit:

I love ribbed sweater knits - they tend to be a bit more stable, they generally have good stretch and recovery, and I like the visual dimension within the fabric that makes for great cardigans to wear over other garments.

Brushed Hacci and Tighter Weave Sweater Knits:
Brushed Hacci is another of my favorites in the sweater knit world.  Watch your fabric weight as it can come in a varieties of weight from light to heavy.  A nice mid to heavy weight will have great stability and good recovery.  There are a lot of 'mystery' sweater knits in this category too.  You will want to always check the recovery to make sure the fabric will bounce back when stretched.
French Terry:
Like all our other fabrics, French Terry comes in a wide range of weights, stretch, and drape.  The great thing about all of them, is that they are a stable fabric that makes a great cardigan and is easy to work with.  I used a particularly thin version for my stripey cardigan - this is perfect for me becasue I don't like to be hot.  It is super soft and had great drape while still be stable.
Sweater Knits with Spandex:
There are a great variety of thinner sweater knits on the market that have great stretch and recovery.  Look for 'lycra' or 'spandex' in the listing.

Looser Weave Sweater Knits:
Looser weave sweater knits are great to wear transitioning through the seasons, and they have such a classic 'sweater' look.  They also tend to not have great recovery, can grow when you are sewing with them, and often won't hold a press.  This doesn't mean you shouldn't use them for this pattern, you just want to be prepared with some tricks up your sleeve.  Make sure to read all the tip and suggestions in the pattern to sew these fabrics up with ease. *Open weave sweater knits are generally not the best choice for cuffs or bands as they simply don't have the recovery to hold their shape.*

Cotton Spandex & Jersey Spandex Blends:
While not a sweater knit, cotton spandex and jersey blends are great fabrics that are easy to find, easy to sew up, and make great layering pieces in the spring and summer.  I suggest layering these fabrics over tank tops and tank style dresses as they tend to show sleeve lines underneath.

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