Free Scarf Neck Cardigan Pattern {I feel gorgeous!}


I can hardly believe what an amazing cardigan pattern this is – and it’s free! When I first wrote this blog review, Alicia’s company was called Paco Bean – It is now Swoon Patterns. And she now offers the Scarf Neck Cardigan Sewing Pattern for free. Read on for my review, tips, and the link to get it!

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I am not a model, but boy, do I feel like one wearing this. The Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern comes in sizes small through extra large.

The instructions state to make your usual size in store-bought clothing. Since I’m somewhere in between a medium and a large (depending on the item), I made a large. I’m sure I could get away with a medium too.

I used a lightweight cotton-lycra blend jersey knit fabric. 

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After I finished the brown one, I immediately got out some red fabric and made another one. This is so what my fall wardrobe needed!


Here are my notes and tips in case you decide to make one:

  • First, this pattern is ingeniously drafted!
  • The pattern pieces are labelled, telling you where each edge is attached or hemmed, so make sure you read those carefully. You will, of course when you trace the pattern, right?
  • The instructions are brief, but easy to follow. Like I said, after tracing the pattern pieces and copying down all of the labels, I already knew where to sew everything. 


Tip: Pin all of your seams. You might not always pin your seams, but since these are so long and with slinky knit fabric I decided to pin everything and I was glad I did. I never ended up with one layer annoyingly 1/2” shorter than the other.


  • I sewed both of these cardigans entirely on my serger, except for a double needle hem as the last step.  Talk about fast! Alicia doesn’t specify a double needle hem, but it’s my favorite hem for knit fabrics so I used it with no problem at all. See how to sew a double needle hem here.
  • If you don’t have a serger, she gives instructions for enclosed french seams. In my opinion, those aren’t necessary since knit fabric won’t fray. But they do look elegant.

Oh, and be prepared to make more than one. Your new fall statement piece is here! 

 Thank you Alicia! 



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  1. Tammy Lyons says:

    I think you make a lovely model! Oh, and the cardigan looks great too! Gonna have to get the pattern. I love cardis in the winter. I knit a lot and just finished one for myself, but they take way longer than a few minutes. 🙂 Thanks for the review.

  2. Paco Bean is $6 richer b/c of this post 😛 I cannot wait to try it out myself! I lost a cardigan that I loved and haven’t liked any since. I love that Paco Bean’s site had women of all sizes wearing the pattern – major selling point! I’m fairly tall and not skinny, so I’m always worried that someone’s design is going to be for tiny slender folk and look ridiculous on me. I just wish I could have seen one photo with a ‘back’ view of the style.

  3. Angie Kropf Lusco says:

    Gorgeous! This looks like the perfect fall piece and I can see why you need more than one! Thanks for the review and you look fabulous, too 🙂

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  5. Love the cardigan but can’t access the pattern. Please help!

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