I’ve been basically obsessively fangirling over Thread Theory patterns since the first ones came out. I love their styling, their presentation, the whole vibe. Plus, Canadian! To the point where I actually re-purchased some patterns I already have in PDF when the paper versions came out. What I haven’t done, though, is make any yet. How terrible. I’m perfectly happy to hoard thrift store patterns til the cows come home, but if I’m going to pay indie prices, I should really be using them.
Ever since I first got the Newcastle cardigan, like two years ago? I’ve wanted to make a version for my father. If only because I thought he might wear it and I know my husband won’t. The hold up was the fabric—nothing suitably classy ever seemed to present itself.
Well, I said before that this was a good fall for sweater knits* at my local Fabricland—one of them that came in was this gorgeous speckled thing that looks knitted on the outside but fleecy on the inside. A little bell went off inside my head that this was THE ONE. And just in time for my Dad’s 70th birthday, too.
Since it was a rather pricy fabric, I had hoped to do it as a shop project, but a colleague yoinked the men’s cardigan slot so I had to resign myself to waiting for a sale and hoping the bolt didn’t sell out in that time.
It didn’t, quite , and eventually the required yardage made it home with me.
Once I pulled out the pattern again I remembered the cool contrast yoke option and really wanted to play around with it. A round of stash diving eventually turned up several meters of this olive green, slightly stretchy textured faux suede. It’s that odd olive colour that looks green under fluorescents and almost brown in regular light. But it was basically perfect, and a gift from another colleague who was de stashing last year. Win!
Working with this pattern was really a pleasure. I loved the drafting (lots of notches) which made things like setting the sleeves in flat super easy. (As per instructions! They actually instruct you to set in the sleeves flat!) They call for lots of knit interfacing, and I was happy to add it in wherever it was called for. Plus some knit fusetape a few other places. :)I made about a mile of bias tape with my faux-suede and bound the inside of the facing and also the top of the hem. Which is super yummy and I then got no pictures of. 😝
My presser/clapper helped a lot with pressing the fluffy polyester fleece/knit. I used a wool setting and it was mostly fine except for the collar, which I over pressed a bit. It doesn’t look different but it feels a bit scratchy.
I finally used some gorgeous, manly buttons Claire of Sew Incidentally sent me AGES ago (seriously, like five years? She did not have the blog yet. 😁) they are beyond perfection. I had a bit of a crisis over buttonhole thread colour, but in the end that’s no big deal.
The biggest worry, with such a gift, is of course the fit. I made the XL, and since the reviews indicated the sleeves were long, I didn’t add to them as per the usual family adjustment. I think they will be ok, though.
Though if they’re not, I will never know. My father will never complain, and he’s the sort that he’ll probably wear whatever I make, at least when I come over to visit. Right now, the only thing missing is elbow patches… I’ll add them at some point when they’re required, I suppose.
* I feel the need to add a caveat here—Fabricland got a much bigger variety with some interesting fabrics. The fibres and overall quality are very run of the mill—lots of polyester, a tiny bit of acrylic. My white sweater is already pilling like crazy. If you want genuinely gorgeous sweater knit, go drool over the O! Jolly shop or something.