I am probably the last person in the sewing universe to make these popular cardigan patterns. I couldn't decide which one to get so I decided to try both of them.
These are both great patterns and quick to sew, but the instructions especially for 6844, are awful, everything that the Big 4 get criticised for is here. I can deal with the fact that the existence of sergers is completely ignored, but given these patterns are for knits, the instructions to ease stitch shoulder seams, staystitch necklines, double stitch seams and gather sleeve caps are all just unnecessary time wasters that won't produce better results.
So here are the versions I made, largely ignoring the instructions naturally though these are so striaghtforward to put together that there isn't a lot to say about the construction. I have a horrible cold so don't be alarmed that I look like a ghost, I was determined to get photos this weekend whatever.
This is the simpler of the two cardigan patterns so I chose this one for two busier pieces of sweaterknit in my stash.
This black sequin number in view A will be ideal for those casual events when I want a bit of sparkle. The sequins were small enough that I didn't use any special techniques, just cut, sewed and serged like any fabric. It did make an almighty mess though!
The second Missoni-esque version is in the view B longer length,I love the colours in this this fabric : teal, brown, taupe. I need to make some coordinating tanks I think. I used the sleeve notches to match the pattern. It is quite a floaty fabric though and might have been better suited to the more substantial 6844 pattern.
I think the banded 6844 is the better pattern, there is a bit more to it and the collar band gives it more structure so it can substitute a jacket. I made view C (sorry peplum haters!) in a teal doubleknit. Interestingly there are two photos of this version on the website, one belted and one not and the description states that the cardigans do not meet at centre front which I find a bit confusing, it just depends how you wear it.
I went down a size to a small based on reviews - the fit is fine except in the arms which are pretty narrow on me and in my doubleknit fabric. I like the look, but it means I won't be layering this over another sweater.
I had trouble attaching the collar band, the layers kept shifting as I tried to sew them so I removed the interfacing that was preventing the band facing from stretching with the collar band and then it went in perfectly. Perhaps with a softer fabric the interfacing is needed, but my doubleknit has enough structure by itself.
These are all great additions to my winter wardrobe and I am sure I will be making more and trying the other options soon, especially as they are so quick and easy.