Blackwood Cardigan

cardiganI am sure you recognize this pattern. It is the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet. I think everyone and their aunt have sewed this pattern. And for good reason, IMHO.

The style can be worn for all ages and it is a classic design that compliments every figure. It features two lengths one that sits a little below your natural waist and a longer version that hits your mid-thigh. I opted for the shorter version. The length is perfect. Perfect.


As you can see the sleeves are very long and that comes from someone that likes long sleeves. I think next time I will shorten them. But not too much.

One design element that I like very much is the width of the bands. It is just spot on.

Although I cut the recommended size I find the fit to be too snug. It really is no problem but I am definitely sizing up at least one size next time. I like my cardigans on the looser side. Besides, the more oversized the cardigan is the more layers you can have underneath! And I am all about layers.


Construction-wise, I have to note that the instructions are very well written and the illustrations are helpful. It is also a very quick project. I would like to note that I sewed this using only my serger, which obviously speeds the sewing process.

A quick note. I intended to add buttons in this cardigan but as I was marking my buttonholes I noticed that the vertical bands are not designed to overlap but rather fall side by side. This made me recall my decision since the cardigan was already on the snug side. For those who want to insert buttonholes but are afraid to so, I have filmed a video to show you how I do it.

Now on to make another.cardigan

Have you sewed this pattern yet? Are you going to give it a try?

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