McCalls 6844: DIY Crochet Effect Knit Cardigan

McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan
McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan worn with McCalls 6694 dress

Hi Friends,

A quick post for a super quick make: McCalls 6844…an extremely popular pattern from McCalls last year, and yes, a definite winner. So many potential fabrics and looks from this pattern.

I made a very lightweight, casual summer version using this crochet effect fabric supplied by Click Fabrics. This fabric might be a little scary to sew with initially. It is very soft and feels a little bit like you are trying to sew cotton wool. But it behaved brilliantly on both my machine and serger. I wore this outfit today to the cinema and it was perfect to keep the air conditioned chill at bay. It would also be the perfect weight cardigan to take travelling or on a plane, and this fabric is so lovely and soft it would be fabulous made into something special for a little person.

McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan
McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan

There’s not a great deal to say about this cardigan that hasn’t already been said. For my version I:

  • Did not interface the collar. I wanted to keep the feel soft and drapey.
  • Cut a single layer for all pieces to match the stripes.
  • Did a 1 inch sway back adjustment.
  • Shortened the sleeves by 4.5 inches.
  • Cut view A but levelled the hem off.
McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan
McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan

Oh, yes, I have to mention the bag (because I LOVE it). It is this one from LK Bennett. The gold option (the one I have) is sold out, but there are some other gorgeous colours left. It is the perfect summer bag (for me), but what I love about it is that I can zip the sides up and completely change the shape when I get bored with it.

 

Kelly Printed Leather Large Winged Tote
Kelly Printed Leather Large Winged Tote

So that’s it for today. Back soon with my first pair of trousers!! Until then, happy sewing.

 

McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan
McCalls 6844: Crochet effect knit cardigan
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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

14 thoughts on “McCalls 6844: DIY Crochet Effect Knit Cardigan

  1. Very attractive! I can see that being a versatile piece worn with dresses, pants, skirts and even shorts and tanks. Love it!

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