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Million Dollar Idea: The Cardigan T-Shirt

Recently, as librarians are wont to do, I was engaged in an absorbing cardigan sweater conversation with Julie Jurgens (@himmissjulie) and Elizabeth Burns (@LizB) on Twitter. Suddenly, Julie (of the excellent blog Hi Miss Julie!) came up with a genius idea.

The cardigan t-shirt.

I repeat. The cardigan t-shirt.

Inspired by the tuxedo shirt…

…it would have a cardigan printed on it. There should, nay, needs to be a t-shirt with a cardigan printed on it. Imagine the librarian humor possibilities!

Here’s what it might look like:

Or, if you really want to make a striking impression, you could try one of these bold styles:

Let’s get this done.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I would totally buy the first, all gray one.

  2. Where are the fish?

    • Ha – once a manufacturer steps forward, we’ll have to let them know that there’s a demand for cardigan t-shirts featuring fish!

  3. all for it – the patterns are a bit scary
    all for black and other colors

    they are sort of like those t-shirts with long beads


  4. Last year around the holidays, Target actually had a cardigan t-shirt – a t-shirt with a pale blue “sweater” cardigan with snowmen on it. I wanted to get it for my husband, but they were sold out of his size.

  5. I like the final mock-up you have there. It’s a way to get the ubiquitous “book-themed” cardigan, without experiencing the shame of actually “owning” it.

  6. hmm, i would go with the first one as well, made in a variety of colors…maybe find a mr. rogers look-alike to model it, wearing chuckies to complete the ensemble?

  7. But what happens when your library is overly air-conditioned and you have to put a cardigan on OVER your cardigan t-shirt?

  8. What do you think of a knitted vest tee-shirt?

    Plus, this would be more appropriate in your air-conditioned library, when the cardigan goes on over the tee.

  9. Please, please start manufacturing!!

    Bright colours, black anything will do… the librarian at last will have an official easy to recognise dress/uniform

  10. I need long sleeves and it’s got to have a pocket somewhere.

    love those tshirts!


  11. I think a librarian cardigan really should have dancing cats and shooting stars on it. But, if that isn’t a choice, I’d go for the cow one.

  12. I would totally wear these in a non ironic way but tell people I was wearing them ironically.