Introducing the Blackwood Cardigan

Introducing the Blackwood Cardigan

Posted by Helen | February 27, 2017 | Pattern News
Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern

I am positively giddy with excitement today! I have been working on my second garment pattern for months and it is finally ready for the sewing world. Introducing *drumroll please* the Blackwood Cardigan!!

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Blackwood Cardigan

Do you love layering but find bulky cardigans difficult to fit under jackets and coats?
Do you need a lightweight cover-up option that ALSO shows off your outfit?
Have you tried the grandpa cardigan style and found it’s not for you?

The Blackwood Cardigan is designed with layering in mind, so it has minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests, while also looking stylish over tank tops and dresses. View B ends at the hips, while View A extends down to the mid-thigh and includes patch pockets at hand level.  The Blackwood is intended to be worn open and is not designed to close at the front.

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I know that cardigans are not revolutionary, and there are some great cardigan patterns already out there! The reason I decided the Blackwood needed to exist is because I couldn’t find the perfect cardigan for layering over tops and dresses that still offered a slimming silhouette. I also had trouble getting my jackets and coats on overtop of my dropped-shouldered, oversized cardigans, and did not like all the extra bulk!

The Blackwood is designed for layering, so you can throw a light version on over a tank or dress in the summer to make your outfit instantly office appropriate. In the cooler months, use your Blackwood as an extra layer for warmth under your favourite coat without any bulky discomfort.

I am also a big fan of open-front layers, so the Blackwood does not have any buttons. It is designed to be worn open and eliminates the excess fabric that hangs in front, showing off your killer outfit.

I have been wearing my Blackwood Cardigans nonstop since developing this design, and I hope you will find this pattern to be as versatile as I have!

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The Blackwood Cardigan is your new wardrobe staple, perfect for layering and wearable all year round! It was so great to have my pattern tested by 20 amazing home sewists who found it to be just the staple they were looking for, too!  Here is what some of them had to say:

Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern

Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern

Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern

Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern

Blackwood Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern


Get your copy of the Blackwood Cardigan this week only for 20% off!

Coming up next on the blog:

  • 3Full tester roundup (their versions are seriously awesome!)
  • Fabric suggestions
  • Blackwood design inspiration 
  • Sewalong schedule (join me in making the Blackwood Cardigan!)

If you have any questions about the Blackwood Cardigan, you can reach me at or message me on Instagram @helens__closet!

Thanks for checking out the Blackwood Cardigan!


Blog Comments

This is EXACTLY the cardigan I’ve been searching for! I can definitely relate to all of your motivations for designing it and I’m so happy you did. I bought it immediately 🙂

Thanks, Rochelle! Can’t wait to see your version 🙂

Congratulations, Helen! I love all the versions you model and cannot wait to see more of the amazing tester versions as well. Already purchased my Blackwood and will be whipping one up at the first opportunity!

Thanks so much, Michelle! I can’t wait to share the tester post tomorrow, they all turned out so great!

I’m wearing a RTW cardigan now that looks exactly like this one and was wondering if there is a pattern out there that matches it. I’m so excited to try this out!

Thanks, Jackie! This was inspired by a RTW cardigan I own, myself! It’s nice to have those wardrobe staples at hand 🙂

I just made my first one last night. It was so easy and quick to put together. I already have a few more in mind. Thanks for this great pattern.

At first I was like, “Oh, another cardigan pattern…” but then I realized it resembles a RTW cardigan I have been dying to replace forever! The shorter version will work great for work, especially with some sleeveless shirts I’m planning on making this year. The longer version looks super chic and would be awesome in a sweater knit. I am sold. Thanks for coming out with another winning pattern! <3 <3

Yay! glad to hear it hit the mark for you. I had my doubts about releasing a cardigan, as it is one of those things where there are so many options out there. I just couldn’t find ‘the one’, you know? Can’t wait to see your version!

I love wearing mine to yoga class. It keeps me warm for the first few minutes, while the design works well for moving around without too much fabric.

Yay! You were the very first tester, whether you knew it or not, haha! Glad to hear you are enjoying wearing it. I hadn’t thought of it as a yoga cardi, but it would be perfect for that! I will wear mine next time 🙂

Great design, Helen! Congratulations.

Thank you, Lori!

I love this pattern! Simple but effective. I have a similar RTW cardigan in a lightweight knit that I love to wear over shorts and a tank. It is very good at covering up patches of cellulite on the back of my thighs whilst still looking stylish and put together.

Your samples are awesome!!

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