Julia Cardigan in Pepper knit

Julia Cardigan in soft, snuggly Pepper Knit | sewn by a happy stitch

As I was planning my handmade summer wardrobe I happened to set my mustard striped knit fabric down next to my pepper-colored laguna knit fabric and I knew immediately it was true love.  These two belong together in the land of ‘Hell Yes, we are Cozy’! So, I decided to make a Julia Cardigan in pepper knit to pair with my softest ever Union St. Tee in mustard and cream.  I have essentially sewn my own hug that is also dinner.  Is there anything better?

Julia Cardigan in Pepper Knit_a happy stitch

The Julia Cardigan is always a winner for me.  It requires a lot of fabric but it’s easy to sew and so, so comfortable.  I made this one with 3/4 length sleeves and doubled up fabric along the outside rim. I wear my Julia’s all the time because it’s just so easy to toss on. I love, love, love this pepper color, it goes with literally everything.  The whole line of laguna knits are dreamy, they have the perfect amount of stretch and softness.  They are made with 5% spandex and 95% cotton so it’s a breathable, soft, pliable knit fabric.  I got mine at Rock Paper Scissors, my (pretty-much-local) QS and I honestly bought 4 yards before I had any idea what I was going to make with it.  That’s how much I love this stuff.

Adding a second Julia to my closet means knocking out another wardrobe essential.  I’m hoping I can wear this snuggly thing sitting next to a campfire soon.

Julia Cardigan in Pepper Knit _ a happy stitch

4 Comments on Julia Cardigan in Pepper knit

  1. kristin
    August 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm (1 year ago)

    So pretty on you! That fabric looks super cozy and soft. I still wonder why I struggled with that Julia pattern so much…should try again. 🙂

    • Melissa Q.
      August 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm (1 year ago)

      You know your comment reminded me that there are some confusing parts of the pattern! I had forgotten because I’ve made so many and corrected everything in my notes when I taught the class. I think, remembering off hand, that there is a notch on the yoke that isn’t ever explained as being at the top or the bottom and the trick is to sew it to the yoke bottom piece the correct way. I want to say that the notch belongs at the top. I realize this sounds pretty unreliable but I hope it helps. Lol.

  2. Lynsey
    August 17, 2016 at 3:17 am (1 year ago)

    I have made two of these but quite a while ago, the first was perfect but the fabric bobbled after a couple months and the second was tight and uncomfortable due to less stretch, seeing yours has made me want another one in my life. Yours is lovely, it’s looks so soft and I love the design.

    • Melissa Q.
      August 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm (1 year ago)

      OH, I hate when things like this happen. I definitely find that I need a 4-way stretch with a bit of spandex OR I can use an interlock fabric but I have to pay close attention to cut the fabric taking advantage of the direction of the stretch.


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