Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blackwood Cardigan, Take 2

The Blackwood Cardigan from Helen's Closet was one of my favorite projects from last year... why oh why hadn't I made another one until now?!


After writing my 2017 Top 5 post about this cardigan and thinking about just how often I wore it, I decided to remedy this issue right away. I figured that, in a color more neutral than the tangerine orange of my last Blackwood, I would really never take this cardigan off.


This time, I went for View A, the longer version with the pockets.


I sized up from my last version for a bit more ease throughout, which turned out exactly as I hoped. I also shortened the sleeves by two inches because I don't want them too, too slouchy. They're still pretty long, though, and true to Helen's design intent.


For fabric, I opted for this grey marled ribbed knit from Joann from this past summer. It's a thin fabric, quite stretchy, and incredibly soft. I love it and wish I had bought more!


I used Wonder Tape to stabilize and help hold the pockets in place while I sewed them. They would have been a wavy nightmare without anything to support them, methinks.


I love, love, love this cardigan! I wasn't sure it was possible to love a cardigan more than I loved that orange one, but it might just be the case here! The perfect combination of fabric and pattern for me.


Lucky for me, after making the cardigan I had a large scrap of fabric left over, perfectly sized for a Delia beanie! Coming soon...


28 comments:

  1. I love it. I'm going to buy the pattern. I'm not sure why I haven't gone for it up until now. I have a suitable fabric I think. A ribbed knit in navy. I want it to be a neutral, as you say with this one. I prefer your colour but I have this one.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! It's a great pattern- very versatile! Navy rib will be a wardrobe workhorse!

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  2. Looks very nice! Definitely a piece that will be worn a lot.

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  3. Love it! I've been going back and forth on purchasing this pattern. Its a little pricey and I loathe taping patterns together. Maybe I'll change my mind after seeing how lovely yours looks!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a great pattern. Have you tried copy shop printing? It's the best: no taping!

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  4. Looks great! What an impressive blog! You have sewn everything I’ve ever wanted to sew. See you at the next craft night.
    Angela

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    1. Thanks, Angela! I'm so happy to have another sewing person to chat with at craft night!

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  5. It’s lovely! I really like the colour, it’ll go with everything

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    1. Thanks! It really does go with everything... I am loving it!

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  6. You and Masha are killing it with this pattern, and I'm starting to wonder if I need it as well!! HAHA! Your pattern enabling ways continue ...

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  7. Gorgeous! Very flattering and fantastic neutral colour. I'd never take it off!

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    1. Thank you! it's really hard for me to take it off at the end of the day..

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  8. Oh Blackwood cardigan!!! Every time I see one, I wonder why I haven't sewed it yet, lol! Yours looks amazing!!

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! It's such a great pattern- looks fab in so many fabrics!

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  9. Stunning cardigan - you will most likely never take it off - except when you wear the orange one. :) g

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  10. Perfect! That should pretty much go with everything you own. I love this pattern too and want one in every color.

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  11. I have a Talbots sweater like that and wear it all the time! It is amazing how different it can look with different combinations of pants or jeans or tops. Yours is beautiful and a wonderful fabric and color!

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    1. Thanks! It's so true- it can be worn with practically anything!

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  12. Loving it! I still have to purchase the pattern, I already have the fabric in m stash! really looking forward to sewing this one up.

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    1. Thanks! It's a great pattern! Bump it to the top of your queue!

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  13. Your cardigan looks perfect and the fabric sounds divine.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon!! The fabric is so awesome- I wish I had more!

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  14. Looks comfy! You have been scoring some awesome fabrics from JoAnns lately.

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    1. So, so comfy! And yes, Joann has been treating me well. But only when I go in with nothing in mind. If I need something specific, they never have it!

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