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Nikki Cardigan

Athina Kakou Sewing Patterns

The Nikki Cardigan is destined to become your go-to cardigan pattern. With a wrap style and two different length options, you can create stylish and comfortable cardis to keep you warm all year long.
The pattern features two versions: Version 1 is a short cardigan, designed to hit below your waist. Version 2 is a hip-length cardigan. It is fitted on the shoulders and feautures a separate tie belt and optional belt loops on the sides. You can wear it either closed or open, depending on the look you prefer.
The Nikki is designed for beginner sewers. With no difficult techniques, no fastenings and little fitting it is the perfect pattern to tackle in the beginning of your dressmaking journey. If you need further assistance, a free sewalong video accompanies the pattern as well.
Depending on the time of year and the styling you have in mind, you can make the Nikki cardigan out of a variety of fabrics. We recommend using light to meduim weight knit fabrics with a 4-way stretch. For the warmer months choose a thinner knit. If you are making a winter cardigan, look for something with a bit more weight to it, like a medium weight cotton jersey, a ponte di Roma or a sweater knit.
If you are a beginner in sewing with knits, try to stay away from anything too lightweight and stretchy. Jerseys with more weight are much easier to handle and work with.
As for the size range, all our patterns come in sizes 4-28.

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Find out more about this sewing pattern from Athina Kakou here.

Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56

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    5 out of 5 Nikki Cardigan

    Sewn on the Tyne

    I love this versatile, stylish cardigan pattern by Athina Kakou. It’s a quick and straight-forward sew, especially as it can be completely constructed on an overlocker!
    I made the longer version out of only 1.5 metres (When the pattern stated 2.5 metres!) of this lovely, colourful animal print jersey from Loubodou Fabrics. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the tie belt, but I just added a RTW belt that I had in my wardrobe.
    I love that you can wear this cardigan in different ways – open, open with a belt or wrapped with a belt. It gives a range of different looks and also can be dressed up or down.
    Head over to my blog for a more detailed review and a range of photos.
    If you’re looking for a simple but stylish cardigan pattern, this could be the one for you – I’d highly recommend you give it a try!

    Thank you for reading,

    Tamlyn x

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    5 out of 5 The Nikki Cardigan


    EEK! Here we are, my first pattern review! I’ve been sewing since May of this year (2018) and this is my very first time using a knit fabric too.
    I’ve been admiring Athina for a little while now and I’m super excited to have been given the opportunity to do this review for her.
    So let’s get to it.
    The PDF pattern is super easy to put together and even though it was 60 pages, took no time at all.
    Athina’s written instructions are really easy to follow and the diagrams are on point. Athina also provides a free YouTube video with the pattern too. It’s really helpful to know what to expect when sewing the cardigan together but I didn’t use it as a sew-along. I found that because I was using my sewing machine and not an Overlocker, the written instructions were more helpful.
    Fabric = 1st for Fabics LTD: Ponte di Roma – Heavy Jersey Cadbury’s Purple
    Difficulty = Experienced beginner – whilst there aren’t any majorly difficult techniques, there are definitely some learning curves to take in when sewing with knit for the first time and having a bit of knowledge behind you before tackling this is definitely helpful; for instance if I was a picking this up for my first make as a beginner, I wouldn’t have known that using an overcasting foot would help with the topstitch or that a walking foot would keep my fabrics going through the machine at the same time and not stretch one more than the other. Or which other stitches to select to sew other than a zigzag stitch. It’s fantastic that there’s no hemming with this cardigan, but I did find the neck band quite tricky to get sewn on. I think that I stretched my main cardigan out and that affected the way it way it went on.
    Time = I didn’t set a timer or keep an eye on the clock, and with this being my first knit, I most definitely took my time and it probably took me around 8-10 hours from start to finish (putting the pdf together to finished garment); it will probably be less next time; 4 – 6 hours.
    Fit = As described; loose fitting. Belting will bring it in at the waist for more shape and a different silhouette.
    Alterations = None. I made exactly as is and love the fit.
    Fitting = On the money with this one. Athina’s finished size chart is really accurate.
    Hardest part = Fitting the neck band. Getting round those curves at the shoulders is tricky; take your time.

    I couldn’t be happier that this was my first knit make, or how it turned out. When I started this project, I instantly knew what I wanted. Athina’s burgundy version was something I kind of aspired to but I knew how to make it mine. Trying on the finished garment for the first time I was super excited. The feel when the cardigan goes on is just gorgeous. The fabric is so smooth and the weight of it feels like a big hug. I really love the way the cardigan drapes; it hides all my lumps and bumps, something I’m incredibly self conscious of – I don’t care quite so much since becoming a Mum, but I like things that don’t cling and I was concerned that using a jersey would mean instant cling; I’m over the moon that it doesn’t. It really does feel like putting on a bit of luxury but with all the feels of it being comfortable and totally me. I also love the colour! I’ve wanted something purple to wear for a while and so glad that this is it. I decided that I wasn’t going to add the belt loops to the main cardi though. I know that I will probably wear it open 95% of the time but I do like the option of the belt for every now and then and that means the loops just weren’t necessary for me. For this reason, I decided to use a contrasting thread to topstitch the belt so I could glam it up a little.
    I will definitely be making another cardigan in the near future and have a few things in mind for it already. I don’t think I’ll make any adjustments to the pattern next time as I’m over the moon with the fit.

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    5 out of 5


    My very first review….so bear with me 😂
    First off, this is an easy pattern to sew up, especially if you have an over locker, but can also easily be done on a sewing machine. It’s designed for beginners and there really isn’t anything difficult about it, there are no fastenings and it’s made to wrap around with a belt. I made it up in this lovely sage green embossed ponte that I got from my local fabric store. It’s a bit of a snuggle cardi and that’s exactly what I was going for. I made the longer version because even at only 5’1 I do love a long cardigan and I think with jeans and boots there is no reason why us shorties shouldn’t embrace a longer length. As I have a bust I graded a size down in the shoulders and then out to my busy size, but actually think I could have got away with grading a size down overall because there is plenty of room in it. The instructions are easy to understand and Athina always does a sew a long on her you tube channel, I didn’t need that as the instructions were so clear.
    In the end I love this cardigan, but I don’t like the belted version so even though I made the belt I think this may become a headband (waste not want not and all that). I am short and stocky in shape although I do have a waist but belted this cardigan doesn’t really work for me, it just adds too much bulk in the middle especially in the ponte I chose. I do however love it unbelted and open. I also did think that by adding a large button or fastening of some description at the cross over it would give a more slim line shape and turn it into more of a coatigan or even a sweater style dress so if you are minded too it could be a great hacking pattern for loads of possibilities.
    Will I make it again, yes but sized down.

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