As the winter approaches, I find myself searching for patterns that I can wear in my day to day life. Easy-to-throw-on tops, loose fitting skirts, knit dresses and of course cardigans! My fiancee calls me “the queen of layering” and that is completely true. There’s nothing like a warm cardigan to complete my outfit and make me feel warm but also stylish! When I realized I could make them myself I felt like a kid in the candy store!
As soon as the weather got colder, the fabric shops started stocking more and more gorgeous knit fabrics and, I won’t lie, I got a bit crazy! I bought quite a lot of them and I plan to turn them all into cardigans! The first one I wanted to try was of course the famous Blackwood cardigan by Helen’s closet. I had heard so many nice comments about it and I knew I had to make one myself!
I chose a simple grey ponte di Roma from Tsagrinos.gr There’s nothing too fancy about this fabric, but it has beautiful quality, it is a dream to work with and it’s super soft and warm! A wardrobe staple for sure! The pattern has 2 versions, version A is a mid-thigh cardigan with patch pockets, while version B is ends at the hips. I opted for the longer version because I love long cardigans!
The construction was very simple and Helen’s instructions were great! I had no problems at all and I finished my Blackwood in a couple of hours! Wait, that’s a lie! I had one problem that had nothing to do with the pattern. For a weird reason my grey thread kept breaking which lead to a wonky top-stitching that drove me nuts! I can’t tell you how many times I re-threaded my machine, tried out different tensions, changed my needle. Nothing seemed to work! The weirdest thing was that it worked fine with other threads… Anyway, I won’t be too upset about it, you can only notice the tiny mistakes when you look extremely close!
The fit of this cardigan is amazing! I went for the size M and it looks perfect on me, I made no alterations at all and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s such a well drafted pattern, congratulations Helen! I wore it a few times already over my trusty Agnes tops and it’s ideal for this time of year. I have plans to sew many more Blackwoods and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them all!
This cardigan is also my entry for the #cosycardichallenge hosted by Amanda and the Stitch Sisters on Instagram! If you haven’t heard of it yet, which I doubt, go check it out! So many lovely cardigans were made already and I can’t get enough of the inspiration!
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