Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is a super short one to share my Blackwood Cardigan, by Helen’s Closet. I don’t think this pattern needs much of a review; the number of Blackwood Cardigan’s on Instagram and the internet is testament to what a great pattern this is. It is beautifully drafted, stylish, comes with wonderful instructions and is a pleasurable sew.

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Actually, this cardigan was sewn up a few months ago and it was on high rotation until the warmer weather hit us. The soft pink sweater knit (an eBay find) is just an acrylic knit but the colour seems to go with so many things in my wardrobe. I would love to make this up in some better quality fabric if I could get my hands on any!

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan
Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

This version was made up straight from the PDF; I just graded out one size over the waist and hips. Next time round I would probably shorten the sleeves, tighten the wrists up and possibly shorten a smidge? I would like to try the shorter view too.

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Truthfully, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about until I tried this pattern for myself. But now I have made one version I can see me making more for the cooler weather. I love the slouchy style, but it doesn’t swamp you or look dowdy. Top marks Helen!

Until soon.

Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

11 thoughts on “Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

  1. Lovely colour indeed. This pattern is brilliant. I have 2, wear them constantly, got another cut out and bought fabric for a fourth last week. 😁
    I love your long version.

  2. Lovely sweater! The color is perfect for you too. I am seeing all these versions on blogs and PR, and I think this will be one of my makes for fall. Hard to cut it out when it’s 95 degrees F. BTW, your slacks are really nice–what pattern did you use for them??

  3. Oh dear… here we are cross the pond in the midst of a heat wave, and you’ve got me thinking cardies. 😮
    However, cooler weather will eventually prevail and I do need a decent pattern, one that doesn’t swamp me… thank you for this perfect solution!
    It looks G.R.E.A.T. on you, Manju, and matching shoes is to die for.
    Wishing you much success in finding the fabric of your dreams!
    del (now beetling over your link……)

  4. The Cardigan is beautiful! But I am loving the pants! I’ve been drafting a wide leg pants pattern very similar. Making mine in big florals. :o) What pattern did you use?

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