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The Karen Cardigan

Added Oct 20, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Perfect for Autumn days we’ve created a cardigan with a flowing, extended lapel which will cascade over your favorite Fall pieces. This cardigan has 2 button holes at the side seams to lead a belt through for cinching the waist or to create a variety of interesting silhouettes. You can make this piece from slightly slouchy knits like cashmere, wool or a cotton/rayon blend.

Material Notes

Knits, Wool, Jersey, Cashmere




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Preppy
Cashmere, Blends, Wool



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    Mar 27, 2011, 03.19 AMby Dani Restercher

    There is a trend going round for some beautifully draped patterned cardigan/jackets similar to this – i have a question about sleeves, how would I go about making them perhaps a bit bigger and drapeyer, is there an easy way or would it be too complicated for a pattern editing beginner? Thanks!

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    Nov 2, 2009, 06.01 PMby janetwayman

    For you frustrated plus-size ladies, a style very similar to this one is in the November issue of the Burda pattern magazine in sizes 44-52. I often find that the styles in the magazine that I like the most are the plus sizes, because of their clean, simple lines.

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    Oct 31, 2009, 04.09 AMby shela

    I have to agree with the women who want all sizes together. I am a PP and I have looked and patterns and then headed to the fabric store to see if I could find something simular in my size. I would love to order anything that I want from burda.

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    Oct 27, 2009, 04.50 AMby joanrobinson

    How many yards?

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      Oct 28, 2009, 09.25 AMby kayla-day

      I’m wondering the same thing. When you click the black & white sketch link on the right hand column of this page it gives you a bit more detail and states an amount of 2 5/8 yards. But they don’t state what width of fabric that amount is for. Hopefully they’ll be able to clarify this soon so we can get to the fabric store :-)

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      Nov 13, 2009, 06.33 PMby manati

      I just finis cutting the pattern in to my fabric and for a size 34 I used 1yd 27" and the width of the fabric I bought is 60". I can see how you will need a little over 2 yds for the biggest sizes. Hope this helps.

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    Oct 25, 2009, 10.35 AMby susisonne

    What Julietta says is right. But if I try to print the instructions in a file the illustration is not correct. And since I paid for the pattern I appreciate having a correctly illustrated instruction file.

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    Oct 25, 2009, 02.54 AMby mlolo

    I just want to add my frustration to the thread in regard to there not being a plus size pattern available. It’s discriminatory and it’s annoying and burda just like every other retailer etc. is going to have to get over the old way of doing things. There are far more plus size people in this country than ever before and as a plus size woman I can tell you that I work hard to find fashionable clothes and in their absence to make my own. I’m not asking that you replace the regular size pattern with a plus size one – I’m saying make both available at once. Be a part of the solution rather than the problem.

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      Oct 26, 2009, 04.40 AMby xondra

      I agree. I’m 1.77 meters tall and a size 16. I hardly see it as a sin but I’m paying for it with anger and frustration.

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      Oct 26, 2009, 10.37 PMby ichigogirl

      Alison Dahl anwered a very similar question below, I quote:

      “I understand your frustration. We have to spread out our collections and post only one pattern/week, I wish we could do plus & standard together but they are different files and sometimes different shoots. In the future we will try to post the plus-size before the standard pattern for a change.”

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      Oct 26, 2009, 10.49 PMby ichigogirl

      To put the discrimination-claim in perspective, this is an international site and there are loads of women in the world who NEVER get patterns their size published here. I should know, I’m an adult western woman of an average height = I’m big compared to asian and south american women, and I use the smallest size of the Burdastyle patterns. The conclusion is that there are loads of others who have to grade the patterns themselves to be able to use them.
      Just hoping that the wait for plus-size pattern feels less unfair with that perspective, though I can understand that it’s annoying, especially for those of you who live in the states.

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    Oct 24, 2009, 08.12 PMby uzbekistan

    I just downloaded the pattern, but theres no instructions to go with them! Where or how can I get the instructions?

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      Oct 25, 2009, 10.03 AMby julietta

      Look at the top of the page. Just above the picture there is another tab you can choose that says instructions. There you find everything you need.

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    Oct 23, 2009, 05.14 AMby starrbegley

    I love it! Question for those of you with more sewing experience than I… Here in Hawaii, it’s pretty warm. In the instructions, it says cotton/rayon blends, but do you think that I can do it with just a 100% cotton jersey (T-shirt material-ish)? I don’t see why not, but if you folks know a reason that I don’t will you chime in? THANK YOU!

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      Oct 25, 2009, 10.03 AMby julietta

      I think it would work great with a T-shirt material. Looking forward to see your version!

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    Oct 22, 2009, 02.41 PMby kayla-day

    I’ve just purchased this pattern but I can’t see anywhere to download the instructions. I’m only being given the option to download the actual patterns themselves. If anyone has any idea how I can get the instructions to show up, I’d much appreciate it :-) I’ve informed Burdastyle via a ‘report a problem’ page but I admit I’m being slightly impatient here as I’m just about to head off to a fabric shop and would like to know the amount of fabric I need. I know it says 2 5/8 in the summary but it’s not clear whether that’s for 150cm wide fabric or not. Anyone know? I’m assuming the 2 5/8 is for normal fabric width.

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      Oct 25, 2009, 10.02 AMby julietta

      Look at the top of the page. Just above the picture there is another tab you can choose that says instructions. There you find everything you need.

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      Nov 4, 2009, 10.16 PMby katexxxxxx

      You can certainly print the instructions out from the instruction pages. It’s a bit of a bear, but possible.

      And you can save each page of the instructions using the SAVE PAGE button of your browser.

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    Oct 21, 2009, 11.05 AMby susisonne

    Dear BurdaStyle-Team, I just bought the pattern. Unfortunately the print-at-home-file and the print-at-copy-shop-file are both the same (print at home). It would be great if I could also get the print-at-copyshop version and an instruction-file would also be nice. :-)

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    Oct 21, 2009, 09.33 AMby nikkishell

    Gorgeous! There’s a beautiful Armani viscose knit i’ve been eyeing at work that would be perfect for this :) As for the plus sizing, as far as i’m aware once a pattern gets to a certain size then pattern pieces change shape, it’s not as simple as just making the one pattern bigger for each size. Plus patterns need to be adjusted to accommodate the different shapes.

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    Oct 21, 2009, 06.15 AMby amalsabri2002

    i love it so much

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    Oct 21, 2009, 04.04 AMby dboswell

    I love it … it reminds me of the jacket to a three pc set I used to have and wore out. But I’m thinking tunic length with a fixed belt just around the back to shape the waist from behind a bit. I’m a little taller and heavier (5’10", 200) so prefer a longer silhouette.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 11.06 PMby belindasews

    Thanks, great pattern!

    How much fabric is needed? I can’t find anything that refers to the fabric yardage.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 10.58 PMby erdronen

    Normally I really don’t like these drapey cardigans, especially the ones that drape below the hem. BUT, this version is so so cute! Personally, I like the addition of the belt, although maybe I would try it over the front of the cardigan to hold it closed a bit more? Maybe it would look odd though. I have a pet peeve with cardigans or jackets just hanging on me- I always have to close them up partially. Maybe I’m weird ;-)

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    Oct 20, 2009, 10.24 PMby sandrasews

    What a perfect cardi. I can’t wait to make it. We are heading into Summer here so I’m thinking of making in a light jersey for cool evenings.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 09.45 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Very nice fabric and color, although I have impression that this size is too big for this model, so we can t see how it is till we see it on .. hmm..more common body shape.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 09.04 PMby pixelink

    Woo-hoo, a useful cardi which can go with anything. THANKS ;0)

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    Oct 20, 2009, 08.39 PMby stellacadente

    I love this, although I’m not quite sure about the belt… Great pattern!!!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 07.59 PMby lizah

    I LOVE IT!!!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 07.52 PMby silverfairy2

    Ok, I paid and downloaded the pattern, but am only getting the page that shows the pattern layout. Can you help me, please?

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    Oct 20, 2009, 07.36 PMby starryeyes11

    Just a FYI – the downloads for this pattern are mislabelled – the home one is actually the copy shop version, and vice versa.

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      Nov 4, 2009, 10.19 PMby katexxxxxx

      Looks like that has been fixed, as the Print At Home button worked for me.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 07.06 PMby lenarrrd

    I like the shape, but am really not fussed on the belt loops :s might wait to see what other members’ finished projects are like – if I do make it, I think it’ll have to be without the built in belt.

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      Oct 20, 2009, 07.16 PMby alisondahl

      I like it just draped by itself without the belt too. That step can easily be overlooked when sewing this piece. Although, it does look pretty cool when it is tied in the back…Now I can’t decide!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 05.37 PMby nehmah

    It’s a current design, but once again, all plus-size members have been left out of the size loop. Is it really needful to issue a pattern in standard size, THEN in plus? Or are we to go hide in disgrace until we meet your criteria for what is acceptable? Nehmah, who is not cordial today.

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      Oct 20, 2009, 07.24 PMby alisondahl

      I understand your frustration. We have to spread out our collections and post only one pattern/week, I wish we could do plus & standard together but they are different files and sometimes different shoots. In the future we will try to post the plus-size before the standard pattern for a change.

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      Oct 20, 2009, 08.01 PMby bettbee

      I’m with nehmah. Why not include all sizes on the same pattern, or add an option to pick a size? Who came up with this one pattern a week limitation? I can’t believe that you cannot make all the sizes available at once.

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      Oct 21, 2009, 04.28 AMby bubbley74

      HERE ,HERE,at last someone else who think we are treated like second class citizens,why are we always separated.PS;They could have done with a bigger model to show this cardie off to its true potential its much too big for her.

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      Oct 25, 2009, 10.37 PMby pinksalamander

      I agree. I understand that the two files need to be separate patterns but I really think they should both be included on one pattern. Think how many more Burdastylers you might encourage if us plus size members could make clothes just the same as everyone else.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 05.02 PMby tika1210

    This is a good look and practical for lots of different shapes and sizes as the belting gives it some shape. I will make this as I love to sew with knits.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 04.47 PMby wzrdreams

    I like this one a lot. Very easy and practical. Nice styling.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 04.29 PMby spiderlily

    It’s beautiful! Great job, I am impressed.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 03.23 PMby ichigogirl

    Oh, I love it, it’s very contemporary (and perfect for the Prada-knit I just got… I will defenitely consider it!).

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