Thread Theory Men’s Carmanah Sweater

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Buy the Men’s Carmanah Sweater sewing pattern from Thread Theory. A true classic in the casual activewear wardrobe, this zippered sweater features style details that elevate it from pure utilitarian comfort to both stylish and practical. The large shoulder yoke on the front and back is the perfect canvas for a contrast texture or colour. Choose from a partial or full zipper and a collar or lined three piece hood for a wide range of mix-and-match styling possibilities. Add or leave off the roomy kangaroo pockets.

The instructions include high-end construction suggestions such as an attractive twill tape neckline seam finish and a lined hood. Details on how to successfully apply a zipper to stretchy knit fabric without ripples are also included.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics:

Self fabric: Sweatshirt knits (such as hacci knits or French terry), sweatshirt/jogging fleece (smooth on the face, brushed on the reverse), micro fleece, polar fleece, and boiled wool or boiled wool blends. Minimum 10% stretch is recommended for comfortable range of arm movement. Knits with a large amount of stretch and ribbed knits can make this project a more challenging sew.

Colour block design idea: Use a contrast knit texture or colour for the yokes and hood or collar linings. Choose a knit that is similar in weight to the main fabric.

Optional ribbing: The cuffs and hem band can be sewn with the main material or a coordinating 1×1 ribbing. It may be necessary to choose a thinner ribbing to reduce bulk if the main material is quite thick. Cuffs are included in the fabric requirement chart. If opting for a contrast ribbing, purchase same amount of main fabric and 0.4 m (0.4 yd) of 24″ (63.5 cm) or wider ribbing.

Fabric requirements: 

Contrast sweater with collar: 115 cm (45″) wide fabric (sizes XS-M only): Main fabric, 2.1 m (2.3 yd) / Contrast, 0.8 m (0.9 yd) // 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: Main fabric, 1.8 m (2 yd) / Contrast, 0.8 m (0.9 yd).

Contrast sweater with hood: 115 cm (45″) wide fabric (sizes XS-M only): Main fabric, 2.1 m (2.3 yd) / Contrast, 1.1 m (1.2 yd) // 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: Main fabric, 1.8 m (2 yd) / Contrast, 1.1 m (1.2 yd).

Single colour sweater with collar: 115 cm (45″) wide fabric (sizes XS-M only): 2.8 m (3.1 yd) // 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 2.6 m (2.8 yd).

Singer colour sweater with hood: 115 cm (45″) wide fabric (sizes XS-M only): 3 m (3.3 yd) // 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 2.6 m (2.8 yd).

Sizing: XS – 4XL. Please check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Coordinating thread; stretch or ball point needle; medium weight knit fusible interfacing, 0.1 m/yd; zipper, 29″ or longer for XS-L full zip variation, 30″ or longer for XL-4XL full zip variation, 8″ or longer for quarter zip variation; dissolving basting tape (such as Wonder Tape) to aid with zipper installation; 3/8″ – 1/2″ (9 – 15 mm) grommets (optional, in place of buttonholes on hooded version); 5/8″ (1.5 cm) wide twill tape (optional, for seam finishing and hood drawstring), 1 m/yd for hood drawstring, 1 m/yd for quarter zip seam finishing, 1.75 m/yd for full zip seam finishing.

PDF pattern includes: Step-by-step instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern broken into five files so it is only necessary to print the pieces for the variation you are making: common pieces (23 pages), collar (2 pages), hood (10 pages), quarter zip (9 pages), full zip (9 pages); 36″ wide roll feed copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern broken into two files: common pieces (1 sheet) and fronts/hood/collar (2 sheets).

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Additional information


Fleece, Jersey / Knits / Scuba, Wools / Suiting

Make time

All day, One to two days

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate

Pattern format

PAPER, PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

10 pages (hood), 2 pages (collar), 23 pages (common pieces), 9 pages (full zip), 9 pages (quarter zip)

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