Itch to Stitch Aveiro Cardigan

I seem to be making a lot of Itch-to-Stitch at the moment as I was able to test Kennis’ latest creation – the Aveiro Cardigan.

This is not just a pattern for a single cardigan; there are a fair number of permutations, all of which I have a yen to explore.

Aveiro cardigan line drawing

The line drawing shows some of the different options:

  • V neck, front open style
  • Four bodice length options: Long, regular, short and bolero
  • Four sleeve options: Long cuff, long, 3/4 length and short
  • Long bodice length includes patch pockets
  • Optional snap closure (none for bolero)

I made the regular length with three quarter sleeves which I thought would be just the thing for spring.

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I used a stretchy viscose knit from Knitwit, with stripes that had to be matched, so I cunningly put the bands on the opposite way and cut the front bands on the bias, all of which minimised the pain somewhat. DSC01391

After I had chosen the regular length I began to question myself, but it’s going to be so useful for layering.DSC01399

I had a little bit of fabric left over and I managed to squeeze out a Seamwork Astoria, which is just perfect underneath and the two make a fabulous “twinset”.

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The top is supposed to have snaps but I couldn’t find the tool to apply the plastic ones and I didn’t want nickel snaps, so I put buttons on. I used some very cute cats

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There was some discussion with Kennis about the sizing – I made a size 6 graded to 2 at the hips and it felt a little bit firm. I made another one, size 8 graded to 4 at the hips and it was far too big, most evident on the shoulders and back neck. This may have been caused by the fabric I used, some felted wool that I got in a local designer sale. It’s stretchy but has very poor recovery. I did consider tossing it in the washing machine to see if I could shrink it right down, but decided against this in case I finished up with something child sized.

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I unpicked the back neckband, removed 5cms and eased the neck of the cardigan back on. It was better, but I couldn’t live with the shoulders. At this point I thought about giving it away, but then had a bit of a fiddle with it and ran a centre seam from the neckline to midway down my back. This removed a further 6cms from the back and it’s much better.

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I’m really happy with the way I now have an inverted pleat down the back.

For this one I used some nickel snaps as they seemed to go really well. DSC01534

I was ready to call it a day on the cardigan when I found this fabric. Another viscose knit, but no pattern matching! I went back to the size 6 but graded to a 4 at the hips and it’s much better. DSC01549

I had a small piece of fabric left over and I literally cobbled together an Itch to Stitch Lago tank, which is a free pattern. I had so little fabric that I had to add a band round the bottom and the back was so short that I had to add two bands! I also put a seam down the front of the tank, thinking that it was the back, which was a bit of a bummer, but it doesn’t worry me overly.

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I am rather pleased with these cardigans and their matching tops. The weather has been delightful and I was thrilled to find a pair of black swans down on our little section of the Swan River, which of course is named for them.

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The Aveiro Cardigan is currently on sale and can be bought here. I think that this is going to be a fabulously useful pattern for wherever you happen to live, and I’m hoping to make many more of them!

Fadanista

16 thoughts on “Itch to Stitch Aveiro Cardigan

  1. I love your cardigans Sue! Especially that last matching set. .

    I just recently bought the Lisbon Cardigan pattern and I’ve not yet sewn it. Would you say that the major difference between the two is the neckline? I want to sew all the things, but I also feel a need to be mindful about pattern purchases right now.

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    1. I have been hacking the Lisbon into patterns like this, so it should be fine as it’s a fabulous pattern too. The only differences are the neckline, the length and the different sleeve options.

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  2. I really like this pattern, Sue (especially like the striped twin set). the floral is also gorgeous. They look fabulous on you (I swear you are aging in reverse!!!)

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  3. I love the look of this cardigan, but how is fit over the bust. I haven’t seen anyone talk about FBA with it. With an F/G cup will it work withour onr?

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    1. I think you might need to do a FBA. Most of Kennis’ woven tops have cup sizes, but she doesn’t do it with knits. If you had a super stretchy knit you might get away with it.

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