Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

Meet my newest favorite wardrobe staple: the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet! Yes, I know, this pattern has been out for a long time. In fact, Helen was my table mate in my bra making class at Camp Workroom Social in 2016, before she had even officially released the Blackwood Cardigan. She was wearing a sample and I remembering getting to try it on and thinking it was so comfortable. Her’s was made of this lusciously soft knit and the sleeves were a little long the way I like them. So I knew I would love it.

I had recently sewn the Ogden Cami (also late to the party on that pattern) and the Blackwood Cardigan and the Ogden Cami are like peanut butter and jelly. So much so, that they can be seen paired together regularly on Instagram. A trip to Florida was on the horizon for me and I needed something to go over my Ogden Camis and wear when it got chilly in the evenings (or as it turns out, every time I was indoors with AC). That being said, I was finally motivated to make the Blackwood!



Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan


Just a simple black jersey knit from Pacific Fabrics. This was the smartest color for me to make as it goes with everything I own!

Size traced and sewn

Graded from 12-14


  • No mods

Time to sew

5 hrs. total (includes tracing and fabric cutting)


As you can see, the fit is fabulous. It’s a well designed pattern made with knit fabric, which lends to very little — if any — fit worries. I especially love how it is designed to be worn open.

I love everything about this pattern: the style, the fit, how quick and easy to sew it is, how it goes with everything. I can totally see sewing this again and again, maybe next time in a nice heather gray or even navy.

The Blackwood Cardigan is another quick sew to add to my list of one-day projects.  Yet another reason why I have no idea why it took me so long to sew it up!

5 thoughts on “Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

  1. Your Blackwood is gorgeous! It is hard to believe that our bra-making class was almost three years ago! Thanks for giving Blackwood a try and for sharing 🙂

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