Laurelhurst Jersey Cardigan
Posted on Tuesday the 20th October 2015 by Very Blissful
Hello Minerva Blog readers! I’m Victoria, and I blog over at Very Blissful. This is my first time blogging for as part of the ~Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, and I’m so excited to share my first Minerva make with you!
I live in Pennsylvania, and we are slowly (but surely) transitioning into crisp fall weather here. There are so many things I love about this season. Pumpkin everything, apple picking, football games, and CARDIGANS!
When I picked out my kit for October, I originally planned to make a dress out of this beautiful grey double sided, warm looking heavy jersey knit fabric from Minerva. However, when it arrived at my doorstep and I opened the package I knew it had to become a cardigan--perfect for fall activities and layering.
As far as choosing a pattern, I was in search of one that would transition well from work to fall activities to sitting at home lounging while watching my favorite tv shows. I also wanted it to be flattering. Enter the Laurelhurst Cardigan pattern by Straightstitch Designs!
If you’ve read my blog before, you may already know that I l-o-v-e PDF patterns. Yes, they aren’t so fun to put together at times, but they are sturdy and reprintable. A win-win in my book! The Laurelhurst is a PDF pattern, and it is a very simple one to assemble with just three pattern pieces all together.
The hardest part about this make was choosing which side of the fabric would be facing on the outside, as one side feels like felt and the other is a nubby boucle texture. I decided to let the boucle show on the outside, and I’m glad I did because it makes for one of the warmest sweaters in my closet!
After reading the directions and size chart I cut a straight size 12 and I don’t have too many changes. For future versions I may take about 2-3 inches off the bodices to shorten it. It’s a little longer than I’m used to, although the thickness of the sweater makes it look cozy and not bulky.
Assembling this cardigan was pretty easy--it only took me about two hours from cutting to finishing. I left it unhemmed since this doesn’t really fray--I love the way it lays on my body. The way the fabric lays in the front is very flattering which is exactly what I was looking for.
This pattern is truly one of the easiest sweaters I’ve ever sewn and the fabric is perfect in color and feel. It makes me want to make ten more! Do you have a go-to cardigan pattern? This Minerva fabric would make the warmest transition piece in your closet!