Technically I made this last year so I figured it’s about time I post it. I really need to get more timely, but then again it’s my blog so I guess I can post whenever I want. This is the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt. Although it’s labeled as a sweatshirt, just about everyone I know who has made it has basically used the pattern as a long sleeved shirt and I’m not any different.
I used some lovely organic cotton spandex from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics. It was easy to work with, but the pattern itself is also super easy. I’d highly recommend it for beginners looking to get started with knits or someone getting used to their serger. However, you totally don’t need a serger to do this. The zigzag stitch would work just as well! It’s a raglan construction which goes together with very easy seams (i.e., not too many curves). The neckline is probably the most challenging part but it’s well designed so that it lays flat and notches match up so that’s not even much of an issue. The arms and hem are done with cuffs so no need to pull out the double needle either.
I did however finish mine off with my coverstitch machine. I wanted a little something extra and also wanted to hold down the merged seams. So I gave a stitch around the neck and around the hem band. I did it in hot pink for a subtle pop of color and I think it really elevates what would just be a nice but normal shirt. That’s why you can just see the slightest line around the neckline.
It also makes a great top to throw on over a tank top when you just want an extra layer. I’ve already worn it many times and looking forward to wearing it a lot more this winter!