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McCalls 6996 – Fuscia Cardigan

Hello all,

Spurred on by the talented Julie Starr and several others on Pattern Review that I have seen, I spent a few quite contented hours in my sewing room yesterday working on McCalls 6996.


Being 5’10”, I immediately gravitated to View B for the added length.  As I am looking to add layering pieces to my wardrobe, and with a view to spring (fingers crossed!) I chose a lightweight rayon/poly/lycra blend.  Bright fuscia is not a colour I often wear, but it will co-ordinate well with all the navy, black and beige that are more prevalent in my closet.

What a pleasure an easy knit project is to rejuvinate my attitude and give me a little instant gratification.

This is a very simple design; two fronts, two backs (upper and lower) and two sleeves.  All seams were stitched and serged.


I finished the cuffs, hem and front edges with a simple twin needle which, in lieu of a coverstitch machine is my go to method for knits.


I particularly like the peplum on the lower back.  This adds a little design interest and gives it a very feminine appeal.


And here it is on me, paired with a navy blouse and skirt.



A side note:

I never cut into my patterns; preferring to trace them out in case I wish to make multiples of something.  It is extra time and effort, but I am happy to make that investment, particularly for an item like this.  As there are a couple of length options and a view that does not have the back peplum, I know that I will be making this in other colours.



Bye for now,


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