Thursday, February 6, 2020

Cabled Cashmerette Fuller Cardigan

Grandpa cardigan goals here, folks!

This is the latest pattern from Cashmerette, the Fuller Cardigan!

Cashmerette gave me a copy of this pattern for free and the fabric was provided by Emma One Sock, but all my opinions are my own.

Cashmerette is having a little cardi party over on their blog if you want to see more Fuller Cardigans made from Emma One Sock knits.

The Fuller Cardigan is a raglan cardigan designed for knits. It's got shoulder and bust darts to help conform to curves. There are options for a mid-hip or cropped length, high neck or deep v-neck, and two different sleeve lengths. 

For my Fuller, I made size 16 C/D, which is my typical Cashmerette size and it worked out perfectly. I used the regular sleeve and cut View A, the longer version with the deep v-neck.

The only adjustment I made was to merge the cuff and sleeve pieces (in effect lengthening the sleeve and skipping the cuffs), then hem the sleeve. I was worried that the thick cables on my fabric would be too bulky for the cuff and I was too lazy to match the cables between the sleeve and cuff.

I was honestly a bit skeptical about the fit of a raglan sleeved top, but shouldn't have worried with Cashmerette. Typically I find that raglan patterns aren't a great fit for me- the raglan seam always seems much too long and I end up with a whole lot of extra fabric in the upper bust/armpit area. But not so with the Fuller! A nice smooth fit across the raglan seam!

For my Fuller, I chose this Classic Cable Sweater Knit from Emma One Sock, in the merlot colorway. Such a unique fabric! It's a springy, medium weight rayon/poly blend sweater knit that has these sort of faux vertical cables that have a lot of depth and texture. It was a little bit tricky to sew, but it's super soft and cool looking.

 Because the fabric has some really thick/dimensional parts at the cables, I decided to cut the facing from a different, less textured fabric to reduce bulk. I used some ponte scraps from my stash, which worked great. 

I also ended up skipping the buttonholes because I didn't think my buttonholer could handle this deeply textured fabric, and somehow i managed to end up with a cable directly in the spot where the buttonholes would go. I don't often button cardigans anyway, so it's no big deal. 

Making this Fuller Cardigan was really fun! The pattern has got lots of nice details (like the shoulder and bust darts, a faced neckline, a mitered corner at the hem) that make it a slightly more involved project than your typical cardigan, but not so many that it's difficult or tedious! The darts are totally worth it for the fabulous shaping. 

I am loving chic, but cozy and pleasantly Grandpa-esque cardigan I ended up with! I could see the Fuller becoming a wardrobe staple..