If you’ve been following my feed or my shop lately, you’ll see that I’ve turned a lot to solids and wardrobe staples. While my girls still love splashes of design here or there, they’re just as game for their minimalist wardrobe as I am! And I’m loving it! So when I considered patterns for the staple cardigan (which we use SO often in Michigan with our fluctuating weather), I turned to the Tanacross from New Horizons Designs — because it’s my favorite in women’s sizes as well.
The Tanacross has a beautiful cascading drape in the front that I love. The construction is simple; and most of the work is just a simple hem that covers the back, sides, and around the neck of the cardigan. It’s a good amount of hemming, but it’s so worth it. It saves fabric not to line, and the result is gorgeous!
Across the back is straight; so I love how the major design elements are in front focus while offering a crisp/clean back hemline.
I used solid organic cotton spandex interlock from Birch Fabrics, which has a nice thickness, breathability, and a 2-way stretch. It’s perfect for this project, and a myriad of cotton spandex or French terry’s would work very well. My first choice for this was a 2-way stretch to hold the shape and drape well.
Cardigans are obviously a staple in fall; but in places like Michigan, we definitely love cardigans for summer beach nights, spring nights, during fall, and while exploring in the summer (for bug protection). So this truly is a year-round staple for us! I specifically chose the Tanacross for its myriad of design elements. The sleeves have a wonderful relaxed (not too tight, not too loose) fit, which allows for short sleeves under without looking sloppy. I also love that the front is draped and can add extra warmth when needed and elevated style over dresses while also pairing beautifully with jeans and tees.
Because the pattern is beginner-friendly and straightforward, the only real tip I have to share is on the hem. Although this is a knit pattern, so a stretch stitch is typically recommended, I use a straight stitch for my hem since the hem is in a place that won’t be pulled or stretched. I don’t use my overstitch or double need on this, because I don’t want the loops to be visible on the inside. I use about a 3 stitch length for reference.