Life has kept me busy for a while, alongside Crafty Clyde we took Norwich Sewcials to Norfolk makers festival with workshops, a stand and the launch of our new membership scheme. Click MEMBERSHIP to find out more. It’s been busy behind the scenes but we hope to bring you more sew days, trips and workshops in the future. We now have a website as well as facebook and Instagram to keep you all up to date.
Now I’m back with a bounty of blackwoods.
I’m super-late to the Helens Closet Blackwood Cardigan but boy, does it live up to it’s reputation.
I love a cardigan. Normally my go-to cardi shape is cropped and fitted. Hello twin set. I love a Cardi over a fine jumper. A bit of a contrast to the Blackwood. The long loose comfy cousin.
I’d bought some lovely jersey from Fabrics Galore a year or so ago, originally for a sweater dress but it felt right for a long cardigan. I had a much loved ready to wear long cardi that I live in during the spring and summer. I thought this was the perfect time to try for another so measured it to make sure I got the same length. I’m a 36 bust so cut a medium and added 4″ (10cm) to the front and back and front band pieces. I’m 5’4″ so it doesn’t take a lot to lengthen.
As I’d heard from CraftyClyde who’d made it before, all of the pieces went together like a dream. I think it helped that the jersey I was using was relatively stable but the pieces matched together really well.
I left off the pockets as I wanted a clean line. I made this towards the end of the summer as it was cooling off and found I started to live in it. So comfy but I do find I try to pull it round me as the day cools off. It’s not meant to meet, I’m just used to full coverage.
Fast forward a month or so to when I saw that fabric godmother had some knitted chunky cable in, I pounced. Hello comfy cosy blackwood of my winter dreams. I didn’t add any length to this one, I just made the long version of the pattern but I did go up a size to a large. I wanted a little more coverage. The sleeves are quite fitted on the original pattern so I straightened them out a bit as I knew I’d be wearing heavier layers underneath.
Pockets! I had a couple of ‘Oh pockets where art thou’ moments with my other Blackwood so didn’t even consider not adding them to this one. I was aware that the cable would stretch out a bit though. I decided to line them with a jersey just to support them a bit in wear.
Naturally it was no ordinary plain jersey, dragons get everywhere. It also meant I could get a relatively square pocket without having to fiddle with the knit whilst topstitching (I’m not a tacker) nightmare averted.
I played with the pattern placement of this one to make the best of the cable. It made it more interesting fitting the bands on as the cable doesn’t stretch equally but I’m quite pleased with the end result. It will get lots of use over the next couple of months. Sadly I probably won’t take it out so much as it would appear all of my winter coats are…jackets! I love layering but having half a cardi sticking out the bottom would just plain annoy me. Obviously I need to get on the coat making train. Maybe next year, though I do have just the fabric in the stash…
I have to say this pattern is fabulous! I don’t think I’ll be stopping at two, maybe a short one next so that I can wear it out under my jackets. It’s also just been extended in size range so if you weren’t sure it would work for you, Go, go, go!
Have you made the blackwood or do you have a go-to cardi pattern? I’d love to hear about it, do drop me a line in the comments.