#COSYCARDICHALLENGE : Amanda's Top Cardigan Pattern Picks

Hi everyone. So here I am back again on the Pin & Sew Blog but this time to talk all about an Instagram challenge that I am involved in with the amazing Rachel and Nikki of The Stitch Sisters.
Last autumn Nikki and Rachel approached me to ask if I would be interested in collaborating on a challenge and after some deliberation we came up with the idea of the #cosycardichallenge.
When the weather starts to progress into autumn and temperatures drop all we want to do is snuggle up in cosy cardigans and chunky sweaters.  So we thought surely everyone else feels the same?!?

The challenge ran throughout autumn 2017 and we were all astounded at the response as we had over 400 entries to the challenge.  We were also amazed at the generosity of independent sewing businesses who were willing to support our challenge and either provide a discount code for their fabric/patterns throughout the challenge or donate a prize.  It was truly amazing!!!
In light of the success of the challenge last year we decided to run it again this year.  It started just under a month ago and we have already had so many entries it is amazing. So when Aga invited me to write a post about the challenge and to also give my top picks of patterns made from her beautiful fabrics I jumped at the chance.

The first cardigan I made this year from Aga’s fabric was the Jamie Cardigan by Ready to Sew.  The lovely Raphaella of Ready to Sew was a sponsor of the challenge providing a discount code and also very kindly gifted me the pattern.  I have to say that it is not a style of cardigan that I would usually lean towards but I have worn it so much. I used this lovely Origami Elephants French Terry which is such lovely quality and so soft.  It is also the perfect weight for this cardigan.

cosycardichallange jamie cardigan

The next cardigan I made was the Como Cardigan by Style Arc Patterns.  Again this is not a silhouette I would usually choose due to its oversized nature but I had seen some lovely versions on Instagram.  I made mine from this lovely Solid Mustard French Terry which is again so soft and just the right weight. As with the Jamie, I have fallen in love with this more than I expected and to be honest it is totally like wearing a blanket so gets a thumbs up in my book!

Style Arc Como Cardigan

cosycardichallenge style arc como cardigan

I have also made the Jenna Cardigan by Muse Patterns.  I have to admit I had a little bit of a love affair with this pattern last year during the challenge and I have made 4 of them.  The pattern takes a little bit of work to get the fit right but once you have it will definitely be one of your go to patterns. I used this Dusty Pink Metallic Pineapples which is a lighter weight jersey but has the perfect amount of weight and recovery for this cardigan.

gold pineapple cardigan

Finally, I have made the Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan.  Once again this pattern was extremely popular during the challenge last year and I also jumped on the bandwagon and made myself one.  I was definitely keen to make another one and have used this purple Quilted Double Jersey fabric which is so soft and snuggly. I really like the fitted arms on this pattern and the narrow front which provides more of a fitted look without departing from the cosy aesthetic.  I left off the pockets this time and I am sure I will live in this cardigan throughout the autumn and winter.

blackwood cardigan purple quilted knit

Well that is it from me.  I would love it if you would join the challenge and if you fancy finding out more hop over to  The Stitch Sisters blog for details of prizes and also how to enter.

Thanks for stopping by.

Amanda xx

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