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.
Fabric: poly/cotton blend from Joann Fabrics
Modifications: skipped the thread chains; the pockets seem to stay in place well without them.