Pattern Reviews

Boyfriend Cardigan. Love Notions. Easiest shawl collar :)

Getting ready for the Christmas gift sewing- last minute- craze that I seem to put myself under to sew special things for my close family members, I’ve sewn one garment NOW. Tick ๐Ÿ™‚

The Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions has a woman’s and a girl’s version and they are exactly the same. The difference are the sizes of course. XS-XXXL and 2-16 respectively. The both feature mid thigh length, two collar options (shawl or hood), a dropped shoulder, patch pockets and side slits.

I’d love to make myself this cardigan when the weather is appropriate as the features are SO my style. Side note: I live in Brazil and Cardigans are a necessity for a very short period of time only. I am in full blown spring and 100ยบ temperatures are the norm now. On the other hand, my family live in the south of Chile (my home country) and cool weather is there year round.

Knowing what my sister in law likes, and the fact that my niece has this style of long line cardigan in pink (RTW), I decided that this would be a great Christmas present for her. Well, one of them… I’ll likely make her more things. I chose a grey sweat-shirting fabric purchased locally with minimal stretch… on the generous side 10% horizontally.

I have detailed updated measurements and even though she is only 5, her measurements put her in a size 7, add another size for growth and hopefully some longevity, I chose a size 8. She is taller for her age and i’t no surprise as my brother is 6ft 4″.

About the fabric, this cardigan can be made with a variety of light to medium weight knit fabric and the drapier, the less structured look will result. My fabric choice is heavier and will result in a more structures “coatigan look”. I like this!

For myself I would chose a french terry or a ponte de roma…. but for next autumn.

Due to the ease of construction that is so beginner friendly and the style that is so visually rich at the same time, I decided to film the whole sewing process in the hopes to encourage those new to sewing to try a style like this. It looks harder than it is and in actual fact, this is the shawl collar that I find the easiest to sew. EVER. PERIOD. By the way, I chose the shawl collar option ๐Ÿ™‚

In the sew along, I go over these aspects: Fabric layout and marking notches, stabilizing shoulder seams, general detailed construction and as bonus: mitered corners on the slits. I’m sure that even if you are not that new to sewing, there will be tips useful for you. This is the video on my sewing channel Lifting Pins and Needles.

If you want to sew the woman’s version, the sew along applies just the same. As I mentioned, they are the same… even the same amount of pattern pieces.

To make this pattern simpler, there are two options to finish the neckline and front of the cardigan that would be also acceptable, if the hood or shawl isn’t your thing.

  1. Serge the neckline, turn under 3/8″ and top stitch. This will result in a cardigan with less coverage down the center. This would not be short cut I’d be interested in, but it is mentioned in the pattern as an alternative.
  2. Modify the shawl style neckband to have the width of the bottom of the band all the way up. This will result in an even band that will not turn into the shawl collar shape on the top. This style will resemble many cardigan patterns available. I personally like this pattern for this unique feature, but if it’s not for you, the band is easily modifiable.

I know grey is a blahhhh color but it will work with everything and I know all the pink cuteness will be worn underneath. I have no pretty photos to share…. months from now as this is a future gift.

Until next time!

DISCLAIMER: I purchased my own pattern, fabric and notions for this project. There are affiliate links in this post. If you purchase from these links, at no cost to you, I receive a small commission that helps support what I do.


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2 replies »

  1. Hi Karina: I can’t find where to buy the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern from your site. I’m not seeing the affiliate links you mentioned. Thanks.

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