Banbury Cross Cardigan

Laura over at Quietude has released her 1st e-pattern, available on etsy here.


I fell in love with this pattern the moment I saw it & I knew I had the perfect adults cardigan ripe for a refashion to make it from.  To celebrate the patterns launch Laura kindly held a couple of giveaways.  The second of which I was overjoyed to win.  I wasted no time in getting started and was delighted not only with the clear and concise instructions but how quickly this project went together. I managed to cut it out in the afternoon and sew it all together in the evening! I loved the little tips Laura had included in the pattern instructions, they were very helpful.  Laura recommends using a walking foot if you have one for this project and I would make that my top tip if you want to attempt this yourself.

The pattern is designed to be cut from a medium- or large-sized adults jumper.  I, however, selected a small ladies cardigan.  This required some clever cutting but I managed to cut a cardigan sized for a one year old. In the original design the shawl collar cleverly continues to the bottom edge of the cardigan and is interfaced to become the button placket.  As I was using a cardigan and therefore already had buttons and button holes I altered the collar pieces accordingly.

So here is the before…


Isn’t it ugly!  I paid £5.95 in a charity shop for this 75% silk, 25% cashmere cardigan by Racing Green.  It was in great condition with no bobbles and it just oozed quality. I knew I could do something with it.  I had hoped to girl it up a bit, perhaps cover the ugly beige strip with a more feminine trim but this cardigan was SO ugly it needed a more radical overhaul.

I am so pleased with the result this ugly duckling really has become a swan.  The knit is fine and was lovely to work with.  It had a lovely drape to it that suited this style so well.  I know it will be warm but wear and wash well because it is made from natural fibres.


The Banbury Cross cardigan pattern is multi sized from 6 months up to 3 years & I definitely think i’ll make it again.  I’d like to try a version in felted wool, if i can find a jumper big enough to felt down and then cut up.