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Opal Cardigans


Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

Have you seen the newest pattern from Paprika Patterns, the Opal Cardigan? I really love the fabrics Lisa used for the samples pictured in the introductory blog post announcing the pattern.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

I was a pattern tester for the Opal Cardigan, and the two versions pictured here were made with the test version of the pattern. Lisa made a few changes to the final version of the pattern which it’s worth noting: slightly reducing ease, adjusting the angle of the front neckline, the height of the back neckline and raising the pockets.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

The pattern includes three length options. This first version pictured, in a blue ‘warm jersey’ from White Tree Fabrics, is View A, the shortest length. You can see that it is longer on me than on Lisa in the product photos, because I’m quite a bit shorter. I really like this slouchy length, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you want a hip-length cardigan and are also a shorty like me (I forget how tall I actually am, I think about 5’4).

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

One of my favourite things about the pattern is that each view has a different shaped pocket. I especially like the View A angled pockets.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

Before I made the knit version above, I made this black and white woven version with fabric from Barry’s. Obviously making a woven version of a knit pattern was not very useful for pattern testing purposes, but I couldn’t resist! This is View B, the mid-length option.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

I only made minor tweaks to the pattern to make it suitable for woven fabric – just extending the length of the cuffs and neck binding.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

The Opal Cardigan has no fastening so it’s a really quick project. I find it goes with anything and have been throwing mine on in the morning before leaving for the office. It’s perfect for slipping on and off as the heat fluctuates in our office!

If you fancy trying the pattern, there is currently 15% off until this Sunday, 14th February.

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan

Paprika Patterns Opal Cardigan


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

7 thoughts on “Opal Cardigans

  1. love the black and white, they both look stylish but really comfortable

  2. Both very stylish but the woven one is my favourite.
    Have joined one year one outfit after much procrastination. x

  3. I really like the black and white, I looks soo cozy ! I’ve been looking for a similar fabric to use with the oslo pattern from seamwork mag.

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  5. Thank you! I was looking for an Opal in woven! You and your beautiful cardigan sealed the deal for me!

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