Cozy Hemlock Sweater for Fall

Hi friends!

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here in Canada we are having the cold snap to end all cold snaps.

Its brutal.

In response to this, I decided to sew up a quick Hemlock tee for fall with some sweater-knit I had laying around. I had purchased the fabric with the intention to sew an Oslo cardigan by Seamwork, but Colette patterns have a habit of drowning my small frame and I have a similar RTW cardigan in my collection. I’m happy that in the end I decided to go with the Hemlock, because its so cozy I will probably never ever take it off.
– This pattern is free!
– It is also one size. If I had to guess, I’d describe it as a roomy medium.
– I decided to leave the hem serged instead of folding it under and hemming it properly. I think it goes well with the relaxed look of the sweater.
– Making this version, I added 2″ to the sleeve length, and easily removed 4″ from the bottom hem during construction. The sleeves could still use another inch or two added on, they’re a little short right now.
– This is quite a boxy sweater. While I love the boxy look on other people, I have to be so careful when wearing it myself. Sometimes it looks like I’m a little girl swimming in her mum’s dresses… Not cute. I ended up taking in the side seams 1/2″, and taking in the sleeves by 2-3″.
– Being a one size pattern, I spent a lot of time taking it off, taking it in, then trying it on again. In the end I am really pleased with this look!

Another cool thing about this sweater is I tried a new technique for setting in the neckband. I decided to sew it flat instead of in the round, hoping that would allow it to lay flatter. I’m super happy that it turned out very smooth and flat, but you can kinda see the side seam on the top of my left shoulder. I’m not totally in love with that, but I may give it another shot!

I see a lot of potential in this handy pattern. I want to make it again, maybe in a striped jersey. I have seen a few woven renditions, and they’re pretty cute too. If I pick up more sweater-knit before spring rolls in (only 7 months away!) I might even lengthen the pattern into a dress!


I hope you enjoyed taking a peak at my latest make!

Until next time,



2 thoughts on “Cozy Hemlock Sweater for Fall

  1. I saw your post on Kollabora and was just going to ask how did you modify it to make it fit so well. It looks really good!

    I just printed the pattern at 110% accidentally, but thinking of what Novita from Very Purple Person does with her Burda patterns (she prints it at a smaller %), I am wondering if it wouldn’t work for this pattern as well.


    1. Hi Sky!

      Forgive me, I’m new to WordPress and didn’t realize that anyone was commenting on my posts until now! On an exciting note, you were my very first blog comment ever! I hope this reply is still helpful.

      I sewed it up as the pattern suggested, and then just started to take it in as I went. I found this pattern was extremely forgiving in terms of fit! I probably tried it on and adjusted the fit about 10 times before I got it to where it is now. The sleeves especially, those things were huge on me, I looked like a little girl playing dress-up in mums clothes – haha! I hope this helps, goodluck on yours.

      Rachel, xo


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