Helen’s Closet – Blackwood cardigan


It’s easy to see why this pattern is super popular. I absolutely love it! I love long cardis to throw on with a dress or jeans. They’re so easy to wear and this was so easy to make.

I actually intended to make this way back in October for the Cosy cardi challenge but just never got round to it. It’s been sitting, staring at me since then, willing me to make it so I finally have. Now I’m thinking why didn’t I make this sooner??

blackwood cardi part way

I think everyone ‘s heard of and probably made of this cardigan and Helen who is one half of the Love to Sew podcast. If you haven’t, check out her blog and other patterns!

This cardigan was simple to make and comes in a long version or a short version. I chose the long version  but didn’t include pockets, mainly because I missed off marking them on the fabric and then they stretched a bit when I made them! It has a hem band, a band round the front and neck and cuffs so no hemming involved. That gets a big thumbs up from me!

blackwood cardi complete

Pattern Review

Name: Blackwood cardigan

Company: Helen’s Closet

Description: A cosy and versatile addition to your wardrobe, designed with layering in mind.

Printed or PDF: PDF (I believe they are PDF only)

Sizing:  XS – XXL. I made a large as I like cardigans a bit baggier.

Fabric: I used this lovely grey marl fine knit jersey from Sewisfaction. It’s £7 per half metre and I think I bought 2m. It’s really nice to sew with but the edges do curl a bit.

Difficulty rating: Advanced beginner. There’s nothing tricky about this other than use of jersey.

Difficulties encountered: None

Time taken: Probably a couple of hours once cut out. A quick and easy make!

Recommend: Yes!!

What would I change: Nothing

My favourite thing: How quick and easy it is and the fabric.

blackwood cardi wearing

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