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Pattern Hackers

A DIY approach to patternmaking, by Haley Glenn.

Posted in: Patterns • August 31, 2020

Patternmaking can seem like this really intimidating skillset. But you don't have to draft an entire pattern from scratch to explore these techniques.

We've added a new feature to Pattern Hackers each month: video! In this video, we'll show you how to draft the shawl collar for the Milo cardigan.

Drafting Instructions


Start by measuring the front and back neckline of the Milo cardigan. Subtract 1 1/8” from the neckline measurement to account for the seam allowance.


Draw a rectangle that is this measurement by 5”. This will create a finished collar that is about 2 1/2” wide. You can play with these proportions to create a more petite or dramatic collar.


Add 3/8” seam allowance around the entire rectangle.


Draw the grainline and label the pattern piece, “Collar: Cut 4."

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