Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan – V2.0

I don’t mind admitting that Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan is my favourite pattern of all time!

I made my first one in March and I’ve worn it at least once a week, every week, since then. Sometimes more! I’ll pull it out of the closet before a RTW cardigan every. single. time! I much prefer it.

So I’ve been on a bit of a Blackwood kick recently. This is the first of 3 new Blackwoods. And I love it!

The fabric is a beautiful jersey from Stone Fabrics. It’s a nice weight – beefy but with enough drape for this style.

I have toyed with the idea of a small sway back adjustment…but, I’ll be honest, those wrinkles bother me less on a cardigan than they would do in a dress!

I got enough of the fabric to make an Alabama Chanin project as well! That’s for later in the year. And will also be a Blackwood!

The colour is wonderful. I’ve realised that navy is my main neutral, so this blue is a fabulous counterpoint, and therefore a perfect addition to my wardrobe.

In this colour, the Blackwood cardigan really lifts an outfit. I love how it makes this Avid Seamstress Drop Sleeve top, which I’d initially thought of as a bit of a fail, into a really easygoing everyday outfit. The jeans are RTW, but I need to copy them and make them in ALL the winter fabrics. With boots instead of trainers I’ve got my autumn everyday wardrobe nailed!

I can just about summon enthusiasm for a shopping trip if boots are on the list! Especially as I don’t ever have to drag around the shops looking for a longline cardigan in a great colour ever again. They are invariably black, navy or grey but often have nasty buttons or the v-neck hits at a weird point. Or, of course, they simply don’t fit!

With the Blackwood….problem solved!

Now….boots!!!


6 Responses to Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan – V2.0

  1. K-Line says:

    I’m loving your hair – esp with the blue of this cardi. Everyone loves Helen’s Closet! I have to check out the patterns more carefully. But I’m on a “use what you have” kick. Except when it comes to yarn, apparently. I’m not a saint 🙂

    • Evie says:

      I’m on that kick too! It’s a killer but I am off to Yarndale in a couple of weeks with a shopping list! I’m no saint either.

      Thanks about the hair. Growing out the grey was the best thing I ever did!

  2. Tialys says:

    You’re looking very ‘pulled together’ in this outfit.
    Oh goody! It’s nearly time for boots again but do I already have too many? 🤔

    • Evie says:

      You can never have too many boots. I’m sure there is an international statute to that effect!

      And they’re an investment in your wardrobe. I have 3 pairs and the newest is 3 years old. The oldest about 12 years. So cost per wear is very low!

      I’ve thought this through as you can see. 😉

  3. Kim says:

    Absolutely right. A winning outfit.
    (I was also going to say how good your hair looked – have you changed the colour slightly too?)

    • Evie says:

      The hair was in need of a cut! It always goes a smidge darker when the ends are tatty.

      I do love the grey though! Feels very me.

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