Helen’s Closet – Blackwood Cardigan


I just added my name to the LONG list of sewist who have made (and will continue to make) the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet. The are many reviews out there that describe how wonderful this pattern is. I concur and have nothing to add. The cardigan has been on my list to sew for quite a while but somehow always got bumped when it was its turn.

The pattern is well drafted and was a cinch to sew. I used a wonderful wool/lycra jersey from Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley, California.

I paired the cardigan with my latest version of Butterick 5526.


For this version I drafted a separate piece for the left front band. I wanted to make a contrast band for the buttons to match the contrast of the collar stand. For additional details about the changes I made to this pattern, please visit my original blogpost for Butterick 5526. I like the relaxed fit of this style.


I love the pairing of the Blackwood Cardigan with a classic shirt.


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13 thoughts on “Helen’s Closet – Blackwood Cardigan

  1. Both pieces are absolute classics. The cardigan color is beautiful on you. The fit on your shirt is spot on, and I like the detail of the contrasting bands. Well worth the effort 😉

      • I was wondering where you found the contrast piece! It looks very nice. I heard Judy is retiring and will sell or close her shop in the next month or so.

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