I love a cardi – the perfect garment for mid season. I was recently adding to my autumn wardrobe when I found the perfect cardi at a major department store chain in Sydney. Then I looked at the price – it was just a bit over $100. I was tempted, but then realised that the fabric was just basic Tshirt fabric and the pattern itself was quite simple. I’m very much a newby to knits, so ‘simple’ is a pre-requisite.
Pattern Jalie 2919 was very close to the original garment so I ordered it from the US. Sadly, Jalie patterns aren’t sold here. I found some lovely soft Tshirt fabric for $5 per metre at an Asian fabric store in Marrickville. Win!
I’m an Australian size 12-14 with a 102cm (42″) bust. So I chose size Y from the chart. It fitted me perfectly, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any smaller. Also, on the pattern picture, the cardi is shown worn open – this is accurate. If I wanted to pull it closed in the front, I would have to add a couple of inches to the front panels.
I did a lot of messing about with the pleats on the front. I did transfer markings to the fabric, but perhaps they came out a bit wonky? At any rate, I did unpick and re-sew a number of them. If I make it again, I will mark out the seam lines and also measure the gaps between the seams just to make sure. Call me pedantic, but it makes me happy.
I would highly recommend this pattern. I know I’ll be making another from it.