The #CosyCardiChallenge is Back!

We are so thrilled to bring the #cosycardichallenge back again for 2018 just in time to help us fill our autumn wardrobes with some essential me-made knitwear.

Of course, we are delighted to be collaborating with the gorgeous Amanda from I Sew Alot again and together, as your hosts, we hope to provide you with lots of inspiration for patterns and fabrics along the way.

You can find Amanda on Instagram as @amanda_isewalot and you can also check out her YouTube channel (genuinely one of our favourites) to see what she has been busy sewing.

Last year we knew that our fellow UK sewists would see the benefit of getting a cardi or two sewn up ready for the dark, wet and cold time that we can rely on each autumn/winter. But we were thrilled and surprised to see how many people from all over the world took part in 2017! Some people were even sewing cardis in the height of their summer and putting them away ready for the colder weather – how organised is that?! In the end there were over 400 cardigans entered into our prize draw last year, and this year we are hoping for even more!

It’s a really simple one!

Sew any kind of cardigan, using any pattern or any fabric, and post a photo of it on Instagram using the hashtag #cosycardichallenge before Fri 30th November. It can be any length, any design, for yourself or for someone else. Use a commercial pattern, an indie pattern or draft your own. It is all entirely up to you!

The only stipulation is that in order to qualify as a cardigan it should be open at the front for the entire length of the garment. (Fastenings are also optional as plenty of cardigan’s don’t have them!)

We would like this challenge to be open to everyone of all abilities and sewing levels and so we will pick the winners completely at random. We had lots of complete beginners entering last year, and even more for whom it was their first ever cardigan. You’ll be surprised at how quick and simple a project it can be so even if you only have a couple of hours to spare, there is a pattern for you!

How to take part in the #CosyCardiChallenge

FullSizeRender (25)Sew a cardigan by 30th November 2018 and post a clear picture of your garment on Instagram using the hashtag #cosycardichallenge.  In order for us to see your entry you must ensure that your profile is not set to private otherwise we will not be able to view your image. It can also help if you tagged one or all of us in your post to make certain we see it. Use @amanda_isewalot for Amanda or @thestitchsistersuk for Rachel & Nikki.

If you have already sewn a cardigan and would love to enter it, go for it! Just make sure you use the hashtag and it will count as a valid entry.

If you live outside the UK, go for it!  The challenge is open to everyone no matter where you live and our sponsors have agreed to ship prizes internationally.

If you have more than one cardigan to enter, go for it! You are welcome to enter as many cardigans as you like but, in order to give everyone a fair chance, you will only be eligible to win one prize.

That’s all folks!

We would love for you to take part and we can’t wait to see all your awesome cardigans!

To make sure you see updates regarding sponsors, prizes and any tips we might share about making your cardigans, please make sure you are also following us on Instagram as @amanda_isewalot and @thestitchsistersuk.

Happy Sewing!!!

Rachel & Nikki xxx

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