Blackwood cardigan

I made and tested the Blackwood cardigan before it was released a few years ago. My first blog post review can be found here.

Those cardigans served as an essential item in my wardrobe for many years. I re-evaluated my wardrobe earlier in the year and found that I would benefit from a few cardigans. I wanted garments that would be great for layering and would be smart enough for work or play.

I chose mid-weight purple merino from Fabricbox and the blue merino from For Fabric Sake. I used 1.5m of 145cm wide fabric for each cardigan. Both versions are size L in the shorter version. I sewed the garments entirely on my overlocker.

The bulky sleeves of this dress don’t work well with this cardigan

The Blackwood upper sleeve is designed to be narrow, which isn’t the best for layering. I changed the shape of the upper sleeve. I cut and spread the top section of the sleeve pattern to add a box pleat detail – this allows more ease in the upper sleeve head.

I made the purple cardigan earlier in the year and wore it so much that I made the blue version. Both versions get a lot of wear and are great layering pieces.

Here are a bunch of different ways I like to wear my cardigans.

I hope you try this pattern, and don’t be afraid to hack it like I have!

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