The Tardy Cardi

January 13, 2013

Tardy cardi

This cardigan was the last thing I made during KCWC last October. I finished everything except the buttonholes on day 7. As I didn’t finish it until late in the evening I decided to save those for another day. It turned out to be a wise decision as I had a bit of a nightmare with the last two buttonholes. The seam for the bottom ribbing caused problems with my buttonhole foot and they kept ending up the wrong size. In the end I got bored of unpicking and finished them off manually about two weeks after KCWC. It’s taken until now for me to get around to taking photos.

Tardy cardi

The pattern is the Darling Cardigan by Owly Baby. It was just the sort of weight that Casper needed – a lightweight extra layer for Autumn days – until about a day after I finished it when he started needing warmer jumpers. As Casper is quite tall for his age I used the size 4 with the length of size 5 for both the body and sleeves. The fit is great except for the bottom band, which is my fault for cutting the ribbing about two inches too short. It was my last piece of navy ribbing so I just had to stick with it. I widened the ribbing for the button plackets and neckline but I can’t remember what measurement I used. I also found I got a lot of shifting in the sections where you don’t stretch the ribbing so ended up interfacing both sides of the ribbing there, rather than just one side as recommended in the pattern. I really like the pattern and definitely want to make more of them in time for Spring.

The fabric is from a thrifted men’s XL T-shirt that cost £4. It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to get all of the pattern pieces to fit but I got there in the end. It is cream with narrow navy stripes, so I chose co-ordinating navy ribbing. I always have so much trouble choosing buttons and was tempted to go with something unexpected but stuck with navy ones with white stripes.

Tardy cardi

It’s not easy to get Casper to pose for photos at the moment. The only way to persuade him is to suggest he takes photos on his own camera at the same time using the timer. This leads to some odd expressions and poses and lots of time waiting for him to reset his camera, but at least he enjoys it this way.

Tardy cardy


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  • Reply abby January 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    That’s really cute and looks super comfy! I want one in a Mum size. We call them cardis too.

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe January 14, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Love the old school looking fabric. And it’s such a great pattern. Cute kid you got there, for a boy who’s hard to take photos of you sure get some good candid expressions!

  • Reply kristin January 14, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Ah what a handsome little lad!! Glad you finished it; looks great!

  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchins} January 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I think your little model looks darling:) We just took family photos and it was pretty impossible to get a good shot with eight kids, 7 years and under, and even the eight adults weren’t always so photogenic:)
    That’s so great that your recycled this from a man’s shirt; love it! You always do such a beautiful job, Laura!
    P.S. Cute title for your post:)

  • Reply Heather Feather January 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I came across your blog through The Train to Crazy and am so glad I did! I love your sewing aesthetic and that you have two boys! I have one boy myself and am always on the lookout for great boy sewing ideas! I’m definitely following you!

  • Reply Olga Becker January 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I love how wide the trim is. Looks awesome.

  • Reply Andrea January 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I love this! I’m featuring you tomorrow at The Train To Crazy! Thanks for linking up! (p.s. did you get my email last week??)

  • Reply O! Jolly! January 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This is just so adorable! And you have a very handsome model. 🙂 Nice sweater sewing too.

  • Reply Jessica January 20, 2013 at 4:16 am

    this is so funny. I have a cardigan for boy sitting in the unfinished pile from fall and all it needs are the buttons. It’s yellow and gray stripes with navy ribbing. Crazy! He is such a cutie.

  • Reply Corey T February 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I just pinned this to make for my boys Laura! It’s awesome.

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