Elizabeth Street

Sew: Driftless Cardigan

MakingLiz TubmanComment

My second summer staple is the Driftless Cardigan from, you guessed it, Grainline Studio!  I bought this pattern almost the day it came out - I knew I needed it in my wardrobe!  The hardest part about this project was finding the right fabric.  Finding good knit fabric is a challenge for me - either I can't find the right color or it's too difficult to tell from online browsing if a knit will work for a pattern.  Since this was my first time making the Driftless, I went with a poly/cotton blend I found at Joann Fabrics.  It has a really nice drape and the color fits with lots of items I already have in my wardrobe.  

The pattern was really simple to follow; even if you've only made a simple knit tee before you could definitely tackle this project successfully,  I made the split hem version with my regular sewing machine.  I also left the buttons off (buttonholes are the bane of my sewing machine's existence and I didn't feel like tackling them on this lightweight knit fabric).  To finish my seams I just zigzagged the raw edges with a wider stitch than the seams.  So far, it's held up well!  I'd really like to try another version in a heavier knit for the fall/winter months.  

Pattern: Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio

Size: 8

Fabric: poly/cotton blend from Joann Fabrics

Modifications: skipped the thread chains; the pockets seem to stay in place well without them.