Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

Considering my handmade wardrobe, I realized the lack of cardigans. This time of year is the best excuse to sew one or two cardigans.

I choose to make the Blackwood cardigan by Helen’s Closet. This is a pdf only sewing pattern and this was the first time for me using a Helen’s closet sewing pattern. Blackwood does not have any closure and it comes in two variations. Version A ends at the mid-thigh while version B ends at the hips. Both of the versions have pockets. The size ranging starts from size XS – XXL (US sizing) and it is supposed to be for advanced beginner sewers. Read the complete description of the Blackwood sewing pattern here!

This cardigan was also my entry for the #cosycardichallenge that was running on Instagram by @Amanda_isewalot , @Sodburysewing and @Shesewvintage the last month.



I choose to make the View A, the long one! I have 2 meters of this lovely blush pink ponte fabric in my stash which I had bought it last Xmas in order to make a dress.Never made this dress though..shh! Stash buster project!! Am I right!? The thread was also from my stash.


I made size M. After all these pdf that I have used during the past from several designers, I really appriciate the evolution of the pdf. In the Blackwood pdf pattern, there is an option to print one size or mixed sizes using Adobe Reader for laying. This is awesome! Isn’t it?

Honestly, there is not much to say about this pattern as it is really easy to make and it is a satisfying quick project. The lack of hemming is one of the reasons that make this project come together quickly. Instead of hemming, you finish the neckband and the hem with folded bands.


The pockets are large enough to fit your hand as they have plenty of room inside.

The instructions have step – by – step sketches and they are very clear.

Wearing my Blackwood cardigan with my Inari dress

As far as the fitting of this cardigan is concern, I would say that it fits as it is supposed to fit across my shoulders and it hangs beautifully! The only thing I could change in a future Blackwood cardigan is the length of the sleeves. I think I could shave ~3cm from each sleeve in order to make them shorter.

I sew the entire garment using zic zac stitches in 2 width and 1,5 length. I stabilized the shoulder using clear elastic.


I love this warm snuggly cardigan. The ponte fabric turned out so nice for this project; it adds warmth to the garment. I cannot recommend this pattern enough. It is the perfect project for either a beginner or an experienced sewer.

I plan to make more Blackwood cardis in the future!



Sewing Pattern: Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet

Size: M

Fabric: Ponte fabric in blush pink from that I had in my stash. I had bought it 7 euros per meter

Notions: Clear elastic to stabilize the shoulders

Alterations: None

Total Cost: ~12 euros

Make another one? Totally! I’m looking forward to making more Blackwood cardis in several colors

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

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