Completed: Juniper Cardigan


So I have decided to have a break from Instagram for a month, to see if I get more stuff done. Two weeks in and I am not noticing any significant increases in my productivity but I can still have high hopes for the rest of the month.

And it has, at least, given me a bit of time to get on with blogging some of my finished makes. Sorry about the crappy photos though… can’t get good enough light at this time of year.

OK< so first up, let me show you my newly completed Juniper Cardigan by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

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I have mentioned it many times before, but I am a bit of a Jennifer Lauren fan girl. I love her modern approach to vintage and the sizing of her patterns fit my body proportions perfectly.  It is so liberating to know that I can just sew up a straight size 12 without any adjustments and know that it is going to fit like a dream.

Anyway, as expected, it was love at first sight with the Juniper pattern and I bought the PDF on the day it came out back in March/April time, together with 2 meters of a beautiful red red RED stretch boucle knit from Minerva Crafts.


I decided to make the shorter version of the cardigan and to use buttons rather than snaps. The longer version is really nice too but the shorter, cropped style suits my taste and my existing wardrobe more.

I cut it all out, ready for some Easter holiday sewing fun…. and then forgot about it. It got shoved in a drawer while other projects got bumped up the sewing queue.

God know why this happened. My only theory is that I struggled to get my head around sewing a cardigan. I am a knitter… I knit my cardigans!

Anyway, to cut a long blog post short, I finally got on with sewing it up in early October and I have been kicking myself ever since for leaving it so long.


It is such a versatile and flattering little cardigan and it came together really quickly – I got the whole thing sewn up in a couple of evenings after work.

As always with Jennifer Lauren patterns the fit is absolutely perfect on me – despite the fact that I accidentally cut the two front pieces perpendicular to the grain so they ended up with the stretch going lengthways rather than across the chest. Oops.

Still, no harm done. I’m really pleased with this little cardigan and have already worn it loads. I can see myself making loads more of these.

Technical Details:

Pattern: Juniper Cardigan by Jennifer Lauren Handmade

My measurements: bust 37″, waist 30″, hip 39″

Size cut: 12

Fabric: 1.5m of red boucle knit fabric from Minerva Crafts

Adjustments made: None

Future adjustments: I might take a very tiny wedge out of the centre back neck where it is gaping slightly

Make again: Definitely


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