In the past few weeks, I’ve seen lots of Blackwood Cardigan’s by Helen’s Closet popping up left and right! As soon as it was released, I immediately downloaded it and added it to my queue of weekend sewing projects.
I had this beautiful sweatshirt knit from Faberwood that I purchased earlier this year. I was waiting for the perfect project for this gorgeous knit and it was the perfect fit for this beautiful cardigan. I have been trying really hard to use up my stash when possible and this was a great stash use!
The Blackwood Cardigan comes in two versions – a hip length version (that I made) and a longer version that extends to mid-thigh with patch pockets. The hip version immediately caught my eye – every day I wear a very similar combo of clothes – a sleeveless top and a sweater with a pair of pants or jeans. Therefore, this hip length version was right up my alley!
I can’t say enough good things about the instructions for this cardigan. If you’ve never sewn a knit garment, this would be a great first one! Helen does an amazing job at explaining each step in detail and explaining why things are done in a particular way. This is one of the many reasons why I love indie patterns – each one I learn something new or different. Helen goes above and beyond on this.
She includes some great tips for sewing knits either on the serger or on the sewing machine. I sewed mine entirely on the serger (with the exception of tacking the neckband seam allowance down), but Helen includes so many tips for successfully sewing on the sewing machine.
I am not a huge fan of hemming knits, so I love when knit sweater or sweatshirt patterns have a hem band. It is a nice clean finish to the sweater that doesn’t involve double needle hemming (woohoo!). Helen’s instructions are so clear and make sewing the hem band + neckband a breeze.
I didn’t add any length on to the cardigan. I was debating adding 2 inches, but in the ended opted out of it. I think it’s actually a nice length so I’m glad I didn’t add to it.
I styled my Blackwood Cardigan with my new Ginger Jeans and a Sew Over It Silk Cami in a rayon that I purchased from Stitch Sew Shop. This is pretty much my uniform every single day on the weekends and just a change out of the jeans for work pants during the week. I’ve made a couple other cardigan patterns to start replacing all the ready to wear sweaters I have in my closet and this one is another good one!
I used the same fabric as the cami for my waistband facing – not that anyone will see – but it makes me happy that it matches!
Thanks for stopping by and reading about the Blackwood Cardi! Have you made the Blackwood cardi? What’s your favorite cardigan pattern?
I love your blackwood.! I laughed seeing the fabric you used – you probably don’t know this but that fabric practically went viral. I saw it first on a Toaster made by Lauren Guthrie (British Sewing Bee contestant who now has a shop in Birmingham UK and lots of online videos) and loved it but my search resulted in “sold out” everywhere! You are one the few early birds to get some and I think you’ve used it judiciously! Gorgeous. I haven’t made the Blackwood – but everyone I”ve seen nudges me closer to the day I must say 🙂