About a week ago I was scrolling through IG and came across this awesome cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs...with the announcement that she'd be looking for testers soon! It's such a great little cardi, simple and classic.
I chimed in, "Me, me!" immediately!
The Phinney Ridge really is the perfect little cardigan to have as a staple in your wardrobe. It can be made using any knit with some stretch in it. Here, I used a heavier weight french terry...giving it a "dressy sweatshirt" kind of look.
I happen to love the way it looks with my Birkin flares!
But, even with it's classic appeal it's also got some great little additional details, like wide sleeve cuffs, a bottom band, and elbow patches (one of my little add on suggestions...can't wait to sew one with elbow patches!).
For my sleeve cuffs I flipped my french terry wrong side out to give my cardigan a little textured look and also for a slight color difference.
Bonus, it also makes the sleeves extra cozy!
There is also an option for a 3/4 length sleeve and loads of fit tips for getting your cardigan to land just where you want on your hips. I opted for a high hip length this time around, taking 4 inches off the length (for reference I'm 5'2")...
The Phinney Ridge cardigan also has the option to add buttons, snaps or even leave it open. I debated for a bit on whether to use snaps or buttons, but in the end decided to go with snaps, it seemed the right fit for my thicker fabric. I used brass anorak snaps that I already had on hand and I really love the way they look with this cardigan!
Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs did such an amazing job on this pattern! I love that it's such a classic style but with so many options to make it your own and add details. I also love that, depending on what type of fabric you use, you can get a completely different cardigan! (See her two tester roundups and Kimberly's pattern release post to see what I mean.)
I'm looking forward to sewing up a couple more for Spring...a mid hip length in a lighter knit perhaps...3/4 sleeve or elbow patches...teeny tiny buttons...? Oh, there are so many things to decide on! For now, I'm loving this one!