sewing with knits

Aster Cardi

I had the pleasure of sewing up the Aster Cardigan from the Willow & Co. pattern collection.  My friend Vanessa of Little Big Girl Studio designed this super cute cardi!  I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this collection and Vanessa did an amazing job!  

I’m a fan of having enough information to make something, but yet not so much information that it gets overwhelming.  Know what I mean? It was straightforward and had every bit of information I needed to finish. I think the cardi took only a little over an hour for me to sew once I had all the pieces cut. And there’s only a few pieces, so that’s always a relief!  
I chose to use this pretty Laguna Stretch Knit Jersey in Pepper from Robert Kaufman.  I had some leftover from making some leggings for myself and I knew it would be comfy for my daughter.  I extended the sleeve length from a cropped sleeve to long sleeves only because I knew we could probably get more use out of it.  Plus we can always shorten them!  Thanks Willow & Co. for letting me join along! 
Be sure to stop by and check out their lookbook here. And check out all the patterns available in their shop.

There’s a giveaway as well! Willow & Co is also selling fabric! It’s the same fabric used to make all the garments in the Lookbook. Throughout the tour you can enter to win 2 yards of fabric as well as your choice of a pattern from the collection. (the giveaway is open internationally, although if won outside of the US or Canada, the winner will be given store credit to instead of fabric)  To enter just leave a comment below.  Thank you!

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74 thoughts on “Aster Cardi

  1. Jordan Slice says:

    These pictures are so adorable! What a stylish model you have! 🙂

  2. Kristie says:

    Clover shorts. Senna tote. And that cute cardi you sewed. I love the simple lines of the cardi. But it looks so dressed up!

  3. MeganW says:

    I like the Fawn Lily Tunic & Dress!

    Your cardi is super cute and the fabric looks so comfy!

  4. BB says:

    Such and adorable cardi. Makes me wish I had a girl to sew for. But since i have a little guy, the Hawthorn Zip or the Kudzu short patterns would be awesome.

  5. jill gm says:

    super cute cardigan, though I think the model steals the show!

  6. I like the Kudzu shorts. Those could easily be used for my son given the right fabric.

  7. Deb says:

    The cardigan looks lovely – I’m sure my daughter would love one, although it would have to be in pink – pink pink pink all the way!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I like the Persimmon Dress and Top pattern!

  9. Andrea says:

    I love the Clover Shorts, but I think the Aster Cardigan is my favorite!

  10. Laura says:

    Love the cardi, but I’m thinking the Lilly dress would quickly become a favorite for my little one!

  11. AngieSue says:

    I’m a little scared to start sewing clothes (especially knits) — but patterns like these make me really want to try!

  12. Jill says:

    Stunnmg, your daughter looks like she loves it!

  13. I love the Senna Tote, too bad it isn’t available yet! The “Persimmon Dress and Top” is adorable!! 🙂

  14. Amy says:

    I love that cardigan!

  15. Frisette says:

    This cardigan is adorable!

  16. Tamie says:

    I think the Aster cardigan is my favorite.

  17. Julie says:

    Looks like a great pattern – off to find out more!

  18. Mie Brindle says:

    I love this version. Simple and grey and yet not boring at all. Perfect!

  19. Lindsey says:

    Aren’t cardigans the best?! Lovely!

  20. Janet says:

    The Saint James interlock knit is just begging for me to make a simple shift dress for myself!

  21. Katili says:

    The clover shorts are nice, shame it’s not my size! I’d probably get the Senna Tote pattern.

  22. ittehgaps says:

    The senna tote looks good with a zippered top to keep things secure. Looking forward to that pattern release. Cindy

  23. seriously, that cutie is going to be a star one day. . . em is a natural in front of the camera! so cute. thank you so much for going ‘glamping’ with me 🙂 the cardigan is perfect and i’m thrilled that you enjoyed sewing it up!!

  24. aangto says:

    That cardigan is just perfect! Wish they had adult sizes. 🙂

  25. kristin says:

    look how adorable she is!!! omigosh, i think i just realized i’ve missed your kid sewing. 🙂 so cute. i’ve been wanting to try the Elm poncho and the Fawn Lily dress. Thanks for the giveaway, dude!

  26. Kelly says:

    I like this cardigan pattern! It’s super cute. In fact, I think I’m going to go buy it now!

  27. Corri says:

    I purchased the entire collection so I guess they’re all my favorites. I think the cardigan might be the most versatile.

  28. Katie says:

    That cardi is tooo cute!!!!

  29. Lucinda Poel says:

    As this is the pattern I purchased immediately upon seeing it, I’d have to say it’s my favorite:) Love your version – I’m thinking grey will be my first choice as well as it goes with so much. And your daughter’s poses are adorable:)

  30. Sara Speight says:

    I love all the Willow and Co Patterns but I have already purchased the aster cardigan and ash jumpsuit patterns!

  31. Sandy W says:

    fantastic pattern! your daughter is a riot! lots of spunk there!

  32. Elisa Clark says:

    I love the cardigan you made! That fabric looks sssoooo soft!

  33. Robin says:

    I love the raincoat. and the cardigan. and the shorts. but the raincoat is my favorite.

  34. Rebecca says:

    I’d pick the Kudzu Cargo Pants & Shorts.

  35. that kid!!! Love it, her, and the cardigan!

  36. Amanda says:

    Ooh! I love this one! And your model is adorable! The Persimmon Dress is awfully cute too! 🙂

  37. amanda says:

    your daughter is adorable and I love that cardigan!

  38. SeeMaryQuilt says:

    The cardi is cute. I love the Fawn Lily dress too. We’re in full dress mode with my little girl, and I know she’d love it.

  39. Mary S says:

    I’ve just added this pattern to my wish list! Your version of it is adorable 🙂

  40. momma says:

    Your daughter’s face in the third picture is just adorable, she makes a great model and rocks this cute cardi. I’d have to make it along with the Fawn Lily as a matching set for my niece, my kid is too big now.

  41. I love the Kudzu cargo pants and shorts1

  42. I love this cardigan, it’s cute and smart! A definite must-have on my pattern wish list!

  43. ‘Love the collar on this cardigan! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  44. amandajean says:

    oh, my! could she BE any cuter? I love the cardi, too. you do such an amazing job!

  45. Gorgeous model and cardigan, I this the mulberry tunic would be the most needed pattern at the moment but the Aster cardigan is calling to me after seeing this lovely soft version
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  46. Such a cute cardigan. Do they have one in adult size? 🙂

  47. Angela says:

    The cardi is really sweet – looks like a good cute but practical piece. I’m going to have to make a pair of stylin’ Kudzu pants for my girl.

  48. GwenDee says:

    The cardi pattern.

  49. Super cute cardi. I’d love one in my size ;c)

  50. Jennifer says:

    love the hawthorn zip up sweatshirt!

  51. What a lovely cardi! Love how it goes with everything. 🙂

  52. zippyquilts says:

    Cute cardi & charming model!

  53. Super cute! I wish that cardi came in grown up sizes!

  54. Momma J says:

    I love the Fawn Lily dress, so cute!!

  55. Casoppia says:

    The Elm Raincoat Poncho or the Cardi .. Love them both !

  56. Your ‘model’ is so cute! She looks just like her mommy. This is a great cardi.

  57. Kathy E. says:

    Oh, I love that last photo of your model smelling the dandelion. That’s a classic! My favorite Willow pattern is the Fawn Lily Tunic and Dress…so many variations to make this adorable!

  58. I love the Fawn Lily! So many sweet designs in this collection!

  59. Carol says:

    What a darling daughter! I love the Senna Tote.

  60. Marcia R says:

    Born model and and adorable pattern!

  61. I really love the Fawn Lily Tunic….so cute!

  62. Annelies says:

    I am SEW in love!!!!

    1. Annelies says:

      Forgot to say…..CRUSHING on the cardigan!!!!

  63. Franziska says:

    The cardigan is sweet. I never thought of making a cardigan with knits. I don’t know why. Really sweet.
    Sweet photos as well.
    I also absolutely love the top she’s wearing. Such a rich nice colour with such a nice pattern. My taste.

  64. SarahZ says:

    What an adorable little model you have there!! She has quite the flair!! Good job, Mom!

  65. Kelly O. says:

    this is a super cute pattern! and an uberly cute model 🙂

  66. AceMott6 says:

    Super cute!!!

  67. Ines says:

    Anna, your daughter is looking like a movie star!
    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!

    Greetings from Germany

  68. Leanne says:

    I love all the patterns, especially the cardigan. Your version is so lovely!

  69. Brenda says:

    Your model is a little doll!

  70. She could not be any cuter! The cardigan is fab. The girl is even fab-ier. I love the spunk.

  71. That is such a nice cardigan, what a pretty little girl, how cute is she!

  72. Lucy says:

    I would love to make this cardigan for my little girl!

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