Monday, February 12, 2018

Wool Sweater Knit Oslo Cardigan

Sometimes you need a big, oversized fluffy cardigan to keep you warm and cozy. That time is now for me. Cardigans and sweaters have obviously been on my mind. Because I want them on my body.

This is the Oslo cardigan, one of the first patterns from Seamwork Magazine. All the versions I'd seen made up made the pattern look so snuggly and perfectly grandpa-esque.

I opted for the size large. My bust measurements were on the high end of large, and my hips fell into the low end of the XL. If I had wanted to close it at the hip, I might have graded to an XL, but I was lazy and didn't. 

The fabric is a 100% wool sweater knit from Fabric Mart, which is no longer in stock because I bought the end of the bolt during a wool sale they had a couple months back. It's thin, but warm and not very stretchy at all. A little bit itchy and pill-y, if I'm being honest. It's mostly black with light blue throughout, which makes it appear navy.

The only construction changes I made were to topstitch the seam allowance between the collar and bodice so make sure it would lay flat and turn up the hem after attaching the collar, rather than before, so it would wrap over the seam allowance neatly and create a smooth transition.

It's pretty great! It fills a "layer over anything when feeling cold" spot in my wardrobe. The sleeves are big enough that you can fit two or three layers underneath as needed (and it's needed here in Burlington!). They're a little bit long, but not objectionably so. 

I like that you can wear it with the collar folded over or laying flat... it works pretty well over a buttondown as well as over long sleeved t-shirt, like I'm wearing it here!

I'd be curious about how this pattern works in a fabric with more drape. I'm also curious to see what happens to this fabric, drape-wise, if I wash it. The instructions from Fabric Mart say dry clean only, but dry cleaning is not my style... do you think I can hand wash this cardigan?


  1. Perfect winter staple! I love cardigans like that. As far as washing, I've noticed that Fabric Mart lists a lot of stuff that is washable as dryclean only. I don't have this particular fabric but I did recently wash a wool jersey that I bought at Mood and it came out fine. I washed on cool and dried on delicate.

  2. Looks like another winner. I have been looking at this pattern for a while, I love the fact that you can button it. As for washing the fabric, I don't know depending on the amount of wool content you probably should have washed it before you cut it out to see if it shrank. It is oversized you may get away with a little shrinkage if you are careful, I'd wash cold delicate and dry flat.

  3. You can wash wool! Unicorn Fibres Has the best wool washes, in my opinion. You just need to soak the garment, blot out the water, & lay it to dry. A couple of tips- a big salad spinner is a great way to get out excess water if your washer doesn't have a 'spin only'. To dry, I like to lay an old screen across the tub (or 2 curtain rods) & point a fan at the garments. Dry cleaning isn't really good for wool, as knitters will tell you. Also, to cut down on the itchiness, you can soak your garment in hair conditioner. I like Pantene for that job.

  4. You've created another winner! The sweater looks terrific on you.
    Many manufacturers list dry cleaning as the preferred method, which means the fabric merchant does that, too. It could be a matter of (not so) colorfast dye, or delicate fibers -- who knows? Dry cleaning is believed to be less harsh on the fabric.
    My first job ever was at a dry cleaner many years ago. On occasion I would bring my new jeans into work and ask to have them added to every dark load being done that day. By the end of day, the jeans were faded and worn-looking -- exactly the look I wanted.
    Dry cleaning has changed a lot over the years but it is still pretty harsh on the environment and our clothes. I wash everything except lined, wool winter coats and the rare all-wool Talbot's blazer.

  5. I'm with you! give me that cuddle stuff warm thing when it's cold! Pretty cardigan...

  6. I love the Blackwood cardigan pattern and have thought about the comparison between it and the Oslo. In fairness, I have not made either yet.

    I am with you on dry-cleaning -- it is the worst. Your sweater looks cozy!

  7. It probably will wash fine, but the advantage of having made the garment is that you can cut a measured square of fabric from your scraps and give it a test wash. Then you can check to see if there was any shrinkage.

    1. Great suggestion! I'd cut several and try a couple of methods of washing. Wool shrinks/felts with heat+agitation+moisture, so leaving one element out reduces the risk, leaving you with no moisture (dry clean), warm water (hand wash w/o squeezing), or cold water (gentle cycle, air dry). Report back, please!

  8. If you wash it, I wouldn't put it in the dryer. Let it air dry and you will probably experience minimal shrinkage. It's a great cardigan and isn't it amazing that you end up needing a lot of throw on pieces to keep warm!?!

  9. If you have a front loading washer, they do a great job on fabrics labeled dry clean only. Mine has a hand wash cycle and it is great with wool. I even washed my cashmere sweaters in it last week. i like it because it is gentle, yet it gets out the dirt. And it spins out the excess water gently, so your sweater isn't twisted and smashed or soaking wet. I need to try this cardigan. I need a cardigan at work to stay warm. Nice job.

  10. Handwash with Eucalan, a special soap you can find in yarn and fabric shops. You don’t even have to rinse your wool items!

  11. Cold hand wash, it’ll be fine! Looks cosy as xx