Monthly Archives: November 2021

Comfy Knits: Colorblocked Top & Cardigan

A few months ago, I made another top with leftovers combining three knit fabrics. The red strip was curled and hard to work with.

I used a basic tee with extended shoulders. The front and back are the same. The top is very bright and looks great with my black ponte pants and also adds some color peeking out from a jacket.

I used black thread for the hemming for a sporty look, or maybe because I didn’t want to bother changing the thread, ha! I sewed the top on my regular machine, and used the serger to finish the seams.


I had a cardigan on my “Make Nine” list for the year. I had two candidates, and after actually opening the pattern envelopes and looking over the shapes and construction methods I decided on McCalls 6802, view C.

My fabric is a lightweight sweater knit. The fabric doesn’t have enough heft to keep the fold of the shawl collar around the neck so I tacked it down. I made a size 12, even though my measurements put me 2 sizes larger. With the big 4 pattern companies, the sizing can be hard to pick unless a finished garment measurement is given, but they’re known to run big. I cut the sleeves separate, added length, interfaced the pocket tops and made the pockets bigger. I also took away about two inches from the armhole and sleeve depth after sewing the cardigan together because it looked super slouchy. It’s still a bit oversized, and in the gray it has a grandpa cardigan vibe. Comfy but not chic.

I picked the gray because I already have 2 or 3 black ready-to-wear cardigans.

I also interfaced part of the front band and made a buttonhole.

Only one more month of sewing left for 2021. Will I finish my list?