Jenna cardi

I’ve been looking for a cardigan to sew rather than knit, and I was inspired by Scruffybadgertime to make the Muse Patterns Jenna Cardi.


The pattern did not disappoint. It was so easy to sew that I made it in an afternoon when I was camping recently.


This is one of the most comfortable cardigans I own. There is a cropped, waist length version, but I like the hip length for winter. I may make a cropped version for spring.


This is the perfect cardi for a sunny (but windy) winter’s day. It could be made from almost any weight of knit. I chose this fairly lightweight knit for this one and it is great for layering.


This is such a simple pattern – it comes together like a dream. I did wonder how the knit would cope with the buttonholes, but they were a breeze. The only alteration I made was to cut 6cm off the length of the sleeves. I have already cut out my next version and have a third planned.

In a nutshell: Jenna cardi by Muse Patterns made from a purple knit remnant of unknown fibre content (suspect a poly blend) bought from Knitwit. Buttons are pearl shell. Grey long sleeved t-shirt is an old one made from merino fabric, skirt is self-drafted and made from recycled denim. Necklace is hand knitted by me using the “O-ring” pattern from Dairing, Melbourne. Boots are PK from Soletta in Mt Hawthorn.


14 thoughts on “Jenna cardi

  1. Have been looking at this cardi pattern but all the examples I have seen so far were a little on the tight side. I think they designed with negative ease. Did you choose your size using the pattern guidelines or did you size up, perhaps? I like the fit of yours.

    1. I think it does have a bit of negative ease, Carol. I just made my bust size and graded down two sizes to the hips (because I’m an inverted triangle). This cardi is made from really stretchy fabric, but I’ve just done another with little stretch and it fits perfectly.

  2. Great looking cardigan and I was wondering how you went with the length as I read a response from Muse Patterns that they are drafted for 5’10 which I am definitely not.

    1. I am quite vertically challenged, so am definitely not 5’10” either, Sharon! I made the hip length one according to the pattern length, but have now made another and made it a bit longer, which I also really like. You will see it soon!

  3. This looks really good, the whole outfit does. I’ve also been looking for a basic cardigan. I love my Tessuti longline Megan cardigans but jenna looks like it would be really useful. I really like sewing a cardy/jumper.

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