It’s nearly halfway through winter here in NZ and I’m hankering for more cosy, casual layers.
I was feeling rebellious when I made this and ignored the fabric recommendations, opting instead for a mid-weight knit with a questionable amount of stretch. Ignoring those recommendations is usually a terrible idea, by the way. I wouldn’t recommend it and I questioned that decision the entire way through construction.
Fortunately, I love the cardi now anyway. That was lucky.
Here’s the exceptional part: This pattern comes in a whopping 27 sizes. 27! You can make this cardi for everyone from a two-year old, right through to an adult 22 plus-size. Impressive!
I’ve never seen such a range before. Must have been a pattern-grading nightmare to put together, but all that work means no-one has to miss out and that’s pretty cool.
The Cocoon Cardigan is a great pattern and simple to put together. The sleeves are part of the body, so there’s no setting in or easing of sleeve heads. You just sew the shoulder/sleeves down an outside seam, then the side seams before finishing it all off with the cuffs and band. Quick. And. Easy.
One small change I made was to add in some bias binding along the back neckline for stability. It could be that I just made a size too big, but the cardi often slipped off my shoulder and this addition helps to keep the neckline firm. No biggie. I often do it with my merino tops too.
Apart from that, it was straightforward and the relax fit of the cardigan means you shouldn’t encounter any fit issues or complications.
I definitely want to make more. Next time it’ll be in something softer though and Jalie’s sample photo in a colourful knit looks great for summer.
And I’ll definitely be paying attention to the fabric recommendations this time.