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Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

Helen from Helen’s Closet took the pdf pattern community by storm when releasing her first pattern, the Winslow Culottes. And I think there’s a good chance for her new pattern to do the same thing! During the last weeks we have tested the new Blackwood Cardigan – well, not that there was a lot to change, Helen’s first version was pretty much perfect, she just shortened the sleeves a little. Well done, Helen!

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

The Blackwood Cardigan is a simple cardigan designed for layering. I always want to show off the pretty tops and dresses I’ve sewn, but most of the time it’s too cold for that in Northern Norway. But now the Blackwood Cardigan comes to the rescue! The Blackwood Cardigan is designed to be worn open, and the open front is open enough to be able to show off whatever you’re wearing underneath – like this pretty (not me-made!) top that I really love and wanted to include into a blog post forever!

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

The cardigan comes in two different lengths – my version is the shorter one, the longer version comes with patch pockets, but is otherwise the same as the shorter one. Apart from the length, obviously. 😉 The sleeves are designed to be extra long, to be extra cozy when it’s cold outside.

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

My Blackwood Cardigan is made of the same super soft viscose knit from 1000 Stoff that I used for my Versalette and my Drop Dress. I’m addicted to that stuff! It’s so soft, drapey and has the perfect weight. I actually don’t have anything of it left, so, Lara, if you read this – I need some more of your perfect fabric!

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

I made a size XS without any alterations, other than shortening the sleeves a little – something that’s already included in the final pattern. The sleeves, the front/neckline and the bottom are finished with bands, wich makes for a really clean finish. At the same time I always find it easier to finish stretchy knits with bands, rather than folding the hem once or twice and topstitching it.

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

This is the only Blackwood Cardigan I made until now (I have so much on my plate!), but I’d love to make some more Blackwood Cardigans for my wardrobe  – especially one in a soft navy sweater knit!

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

I had a lot going on this year, this is my 10th blog post in February (I’m always telling myself that two or three posts a month are enough!), and I didn’t get the time for a “full” photoshoot this time. But hopefully these pics can still give you an impression of the great job Helen did with this pattern! You can buy your copy of the Blackwood here (it’s on sale!), and don’t forget to stop by Helen’s blog to see the other tester versions. I promise you, they’re beautiful!

Sew Mariefleur Blackwood Cardigan Helen's Closet

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for introducing this cardigan pattern. I just had made a cardigan just drawing a pattern from my old cardigan. It just did not work. I ordered this Helen’s Closet’s Blackwood cardigan pattern and I was able to remake my cardigan. The pattern is just perfect. Now I want to make another one. I like you blog a lot! You make beautiful clothes.

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