Today I’m happy to get to share about the new Blackwood Cardigan pattern from Helen’s Closet! It’s a lovely simple pattern, but thoughtfully drafted with some nice details.
Here’s how Helen describes the pattern:
“The Blackwood Cardigan is a cozy and versatile addition to your wardrobe. Designed with layering in mind, it has minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests, while also looking stylish over tank tops and dresses. View B ends at the hips, while View A extends down to the mid-thigh and includes patch pockets at hand level. The Blackwood is intended to be worn open and is not designed to close at the front.”
We all know I’ve been obsessed with long cardigans for the last year and a half, so it’s no surprised that I chose the longer version. This is the length as drafted for a 5’6″ woman, and I’m only 5’2″. I like it as is! I shortened the sleeves 2″ – they are meant to be long and cosy, but this is plenty long for me.
Let’s talk details, shall we? There are lots of cardigan patterns on the market now (remember 3 or 4 years ago there were almost none?) so I think you have to decide if the details on this pattern make it right for you.
The longer version (A) has nice hand-sized patch pockets. (None of those ridiculous tiny pockets here!) The pockets are finished with a band along the top, which makes them quite stable and easy to sew.
2. No Hemming Required
The hem, sleeves, pockets and neckline are all finished with folded bands. That makes it an easy project on a sewing machine or serger, and no double needle or coverstitch required! I found the bands all went on well, and there were just enough notches to make it all go together smoothly. (Normally I ignore notches, but for this they were worth it!)
3. Clean, Open Lines
Waterfall cardigans have been popular for years, and I love them… but I also enjoy the simplicity of a pattern like this. I’ve yet to sew a button-up cardigan cardigan that hung nicely when open, so this is perfect for me.
For my sweater, I sewed a XL at the shoulders and XL at the hips. I added a 1/2″ wedge to the front under the arms for a cheater FBA. It fit true to size. This fabric was a monster to sew – it sticks to itself constantly in the way that only polyester sweater knit does. I’ve got much nicer sweater knit from Blackbird Fabrics for my next version though, so it should be a winner!
Side note: I took these pictures then realised that the old black tank I’d pulled out of the donation pile had some marks on it. Keeping it classy!
I thoroughly enjoyed testing for Helen. She was organised, enthusiastic, responsive to feedback. We had a fun little Facebook group with the 20 testers, and I can say with certainty that every version turned out well. Plus, I’m always happy to support Canadian sewing!
The Blackwood cardigan is 20% off if you buy it this week!