When I saw Laura's version of the 'Julia Cardigan' by Mouse House Creations I thought it looked ideal as a cute little thrown-on for the cooler weather. I bought the PDF pattern there and then and quickly made three - an oatmeal one and two pink ones, one for me and one for my Mum for Mother's Day.
There are several possible variations with this pattern with regards to sleeve length and the construction of the curved band. The band can be made with a single layer of fabric and hemmed or, as I've done, with a double fabric layer. I like the neater finish of the double fabric layer, but it does use a lot of fabric to cut out those big curved pieces. Also, the lightweight fabric I've used seems to cause the double band to wrinkle and not sit as nicely as Laura's ponte knit version.
In fact, my oatmeal version used up so much fabric that I had to use a scrap of panne velvet in a similar colour for the back piece.
Both my cardis are made from fine knitted fabric. They are very comfortable and easy to wear and, despite not being thrilled with the wrinkles, I find myself reaching for these a lot.
I will definitely try to make at least one more with the single-layer curved band. And one in thicker fabric. Oh, and maybe a short sleeved one for summer. I think I've got my money's worth with this pattern!