The Blackwood cardigan - a perfect layer.

Monday, 18 May 2020

When you're six foot tall and you want a long cardigan, you make it yourself.

This is the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen's Closet.  I've made the pattern before but never blogged it, so thought I'd better get on it this time.  I took advantage of the recent 30% off merino sale at The Fabric Store and purchased two beautiful premium weight fabrics in black and paprika.  The fabric is so soft and cozy.

There's a reason that just about every sewing blogger/instagrammer (is that a word?) has made this pattern.  It comes together so quickly and I love the way it looks.  It's not designed to close in the middle so that's something to be aware of.

I've made this up in a large and only made one pattern adjustment and that was to increase the length through the body by 6 inches.  The sleeves are designed to be extra long/bunched up a little and I found that they hit at a great length on my long arms.  I've left the pockets off too.  If I put anything heavier than a tissue in them, they would drag on the front of the cardigan.  The added bonus is that you then pretty much sew this up on your overlocker.

These have been in constant rotation since I finished them a couple of weeks ago.  I'm really surprised by how often I reach for the paprika colour, I really thought I'd wear the black more often but I'm enjoying the injection of colour that the paprika brings to my fairly neutral wardrobe.

I love these cardigans and think I want another one in white!