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Lovely Karen Cardigan sizes 48-60

Added Feb 1, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Perfect for Winter days & nights we’ve created a cardigan with a flowing, extended lapel which will cascade over your favorite dresses or pants. Equipped with 2 button holes at the side seams to lead a belt through, it’s your choice to cinch the waist or create a variety of interesting silhouettes with the belt (included in pattern instructions). We recommend creating this piece from a light-weight slouchy knit (like jersey, or cotton/rayon blends) or heavier wool blends with a bit of stretch.

Find this pattern for sizes 34-46 here.

Material Notes

3 yards of knits, wools or cotton/rayon blends




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic
Blends, Knits/Jersey, Rayon, Wool



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    Nov 3, 2010, 03.20 PMby ladykatza

    So I made this up in a lighter wool jersey. I did the SMALLEST size on the plus size version. According to the measurements it should be a perfect match. However, it looks like its three sizes too big on me. So I’m wondering if I should go with the UPPER bust measurements like I would with the other big pattern companies?

    All in all, I like it and its pretty easy to put together. I’m just sort of sad that I spent money/time and it was too big. Not really easy or economical to do a tissue and or muslin fitting.

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    Aug 16, 2010, 05.10 PMby shugar13

    Hi, I just downloaded this pattern and realised there are no instructions? Does anyone else have instructions to put this together?

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    Feb 17, 2010, 09.46 AMby bubbley74

    Hi I just went to make up this cardie and realized i have no instructions how to put it together?The only part i am unsure of is the shoulders please help .

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    Feb 15, 2010, 11.03 AMby brighteyz

    Can someone please tell me if the purchase of this pattern is via download only or can the pattern be bought from a store?

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      Feb 17, 2010, 09.41 AMby bubbley74

      Hi your local library should be able to download it for you .

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    Feb 10, 2010, 10.38 PMby brighteyz

    Is the only way to purchase this awesome pattern by download or is it available as a pattern? I do not have a printer and unfortunately don’t know anyone who does. I’d love to do this as I think the style is excellent for what I want. P.S. I am only new here, so am not sure yet of what’s what.

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    Feb 3, 2010, 12.21 PMby sewverytall

    It’s really great to see how a garment/pattern looks on a model with a bosom. Very nice!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 12.01 PMby ichigogirl

    Very nice! It’s a very common model these days (at least here in Sweden) but the Karen cardigan is just a little different with the flowing lapels, and the way the belt is tied, I really like that, well done (and great pictures, I love the light)!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 01.40 AMby simpleadditions

    When I go to buy the pattern it says in the cart that I need to buy the smaller one as well in order to “complete the purchase.” What’s with that? Do I really need to buy two patterns to use one?

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      Feb 4, 2010, 04.03 PMby alden

      no need to buy two! just the one

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    Feb 2, 2010, 08.14 PMby sokkenmonster

    This looks beautiful, prettier than the small sized one. Nothing wrong with that model whatsoever, I just think it suits women with larger sizes better :) (which is nice because it happens all the time the other way around as well ;))

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    Feb 2, 2010, 04.32 AMby wzrdreams

    Oooooo, I also really like this version! This fabric looks cozier than the first one. I think I really want Alden’s hair and make up as well!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 12.17 AMby dezi

    This is so beautiful on you! Great job !!!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 12.17 AMby dezi

    This is so beautiful on you! Great job !!!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 08.54 PMby frenchpea

    This is beautiful and Alden looks great in it. Very comfy looking and chic. Now on my to do list.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 07.45 PMby lunatepetal

    i like this one better than the original one. I think for the original one, the model was too skinny that the cardigan didn’t look so good… but I love this one on Alden. it’s fluttering and chic! p.s. love your hair as well :)

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      Feb 1, 2010, 11.10 PMby alden

      :) thanks!

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      Feb 2, 2010, 12.54 AMby Dani Restercher

      Look I really do understand the significance of improvements regarding to sizing etc but we have to show some respect to the models regardless of their size – including the skinny ones.

      The model was too skinny so it didn’t look good? How is that any different to saying that a model is too big… Yet if someone said that they’d come under fire?

      Let’s not be hypocritical.

      Edited to add – Alden has beautiful hair doesn’t she? Cardigan suits well.

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      Feb 2, 2010, 01.02 AMby lunatepetal

      sorry, I wasn’t trying to be that way :(

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      Feb 3, 2010, 11.58 AMby ichigogirl

      I think they put the wrong size cardigan on the smaller-size model, or the ease is proportionally too big in the smaller sizes… I get the same thing sometimes. The wrong size will never be very flattering, will it…

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    Feb 1, 2010, 07.32 PMby bleuedee

    This is very cute! Good job!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 06.21 PMby peaudane

    I like it even better in this heavier knit. How did you finish the edges. Did you leave them raw?

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      Feb 1, 2010, 06.38 PMby alden

      I just checked, the edges were serged. Hope that helps!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 08.07 PMby burdastyle

      If you don’t have a serger you can zig zag stitch the edges too.

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