Introducing the Saracenia Sweater Pattern!

Updated: Jun 6


DESIGN

The Saracenia Sweater is a cozy sweater with a large fold-over lapel collar and two sleeve cuff options. The longer cuff will accommodate long arms or produce a sleeve with the scrunched up look.


Depending on your fabric choice you could dress this up or down! Lighter material would make it great for a transitional weather top! The length could easily be lengthened or shortened to your preferences. A longer tunic length would be perfect over leggings.


FABRIC

This pattern is ideal for mid to heavyweight sweatshirt fabrics, or stable knits with at least 20-25% stretch. 30-60% stretch is recommended. You can size up if you are using less than 20% stretch, but the collar may result in less overlap. Some 4 way stretch in the fabric is ideal. Fabric weights of at least 7.3 oz/yd2 (255 gsm) are recommended. French terry is not recommended because it does not have enough structure for the collar.

If you are using fabric with lots of stretch or not a lot of recovery, you may choose to size down.


The sweater in the main image in peacock blue is made with bamboo/cotton stretch sweatshirting in a size 14.


SWEATSHIRT FABRIC RECOMMENDATIONS:

* Sitka Fabric - "Bamboo & Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece"

* Blackbird Fabrics - "Bamboo & Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece" or other Cotton blends!

* Fabric.com - Cotton blends are best. Poly sweatshirting tends to pill pretty badly.


SIZING

It is available in US sizes 0-28; Bust measurements of 32" to 54", and hip measurements of 35" to 58" You can find the body measurements and finished garment measurements in the pattern info to determine the right fit for your sweater.


It is drafted for a height of 5'8" (There is about 2" of ease in the bust, 8" in the waist and falls to the hip.





There are so many options for scrap busting with this sweatshirt! Here are 2 fun ideas! You could even use one color for the cuffs and a different color for the collar!


Another option is to use coordinating rib knit for the cuffs and hem!


CHECK OUT MORE IDEAS IN THE TESTER ROUNDUP!


The Saracenia Sweater was named after the Sarracenia pitcher plant


The Saracenia Sweater was named after the Sarracenia carnivorous pitcher plant, whose leaves have evolved into a funnel shape to trap insects. I have always loved this plant, so it was fitting to name my first pattern after it- especially when the collar is very reminiscent of the pitcher shape! My phd research was done on a military reservation in North Carolina where these beauties grow everywhere! Seeing these around my study site made the field work a little less grueling!



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