Double Knit Driftless Cardigan with Mabel Hack


I made this Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan many many months ago – actually in April of 2016… whoops? The day after I finished this thing I left for a work trip to the Netherlands and I brought it with me. I wore it every single day for a two week period while traveling/ working in the Netherlands. Since then its been in my regular rotation.


I got this double cloth knit wool fabric online from Mood. I saw this fabric and had to have it so I ordered it without knowing what I wanted to do with it. Two days later Grainline Studio released their Driftless cardigan and it was just meant to be.


I made my usual adjustments of grading out since my hips are generally a larger size than the rest of me. However, I was feeling lazy and ended up grading completely above the seamline for the pockets, so the angle is a little harsher than I think it was intended. I’ve though about just serging along the side seams to make it a more natural curve but I actually really like it as is now so I’m not going to do that.


I sort of thought about putting buttons on it for a while but I haven’t yet and I’ve been loving it so far and its been almost a year so who am I kidding??? Buttons aren’t going to happen ever. I might make another version of this with buttons in the future… I think I also might check the finished measurements to see if grading out is necessary or if there is enough ease built in to the pattern that I could use a straight size. Even though I love this cardigan the angle might not be as fun with a less structured fabric.


I’m wearing the driftless cardigan with my first make of 2017 – a hacked mabel! One of my favorite skirts is a knit skirt that I got while I was in college but it has seen better days. It’s a little faded and the zipper in the back doesn’t lay flat so I wanted to see if I could make my own version. I used the Colette Mabel skirt as a starting point. I made a black and white striped mabel before and it is a great starting point since it is such a good basic skirt pattern. The fabric is a pointe from the imagine gnats shop.

I started by adding some curve to the back waistband since I have a sway back. I added pleats to the front piece. I actually just slashed from the top to the hemline and spread- so I didn’t add any width at the bottom of the skirt.



This is so comfy and I love how it came out! I think next time I do want to add a bit of width to the bottom so it doesn’t have so much of a weird pouch and lays flatter. Here is the pouch in its full glory:


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