The Blackwood cardigan is a pattern from Helen’s Closet. I bought a while ago a coupon for another project but sadly the coupon wasn’t enough to make it. Then came the Breaking Ground Blog Tour around. I decided to try if it was possibly to use the knitted bouclé fabric for this pattern. It was doable with some small alterations. 

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

Something about the Breaking Ground Blog Tour and Helen’s Closet

The Breaking Ground Blog Tour is all about sewing a pattern from a new to you pattern designer/company, preferably a lesser known pattern company to promote the Indie pattern designers. This Blog Tour is hosted by mahlicadesigns.
Helen’s Closet is a Canadian based Indie designer. She designed six patterns (the seventh pattern is to turn a pinafore into an apron) and when you mix and match them all you can make a complete wardrobe out of them. The level of all these makes are marked from beginner to advanced beginner. 

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan


The Blackwood Cardigan has a fitted shape and is perfect for layering. It has minimal excess fabric in the front so the cardigan can be worn open. It has a close fit around the neck and shoulders so perfect to wear with good fitted T-shirts. It comes in two lengths: at the hips and mid-thigh. The mid-thigh length has patch pockets at hand level.

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

My version

I made size S, made the sleeves shorter, skipped the cuffs and bands. The bouclé fabric was easy to sew with some extra intention like basting and pinning both fabric pieces together to keep them in place.
My cardigan has flat seams that are finished with a locker first. The sleeves are set in after closing the side and sleeves seams. Two evenings later and some last finishing the cardigan was ready to wear.

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

Time and Costs

Tijd: pattern printing and assembling 30 minutes; laying pattern pieces on fabric and cutting 60 minutes; rijgen, stitching and finishing 6 hours
Costs: pattern was a gift after winning a TMS Indie pattern month challenge (Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan $14.00 € 12,25); printing and assembling € 2,50; fabric € 10,00; yarn € 2,50

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

My experience with Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan

I ended with having a nice and perfect fitted cardigan. The pattern will certainly be used again in the future. It looks a bij like my Chanel styled jackets that also have no closure. Ik found two leftover pieces of jersey that match perfect with the bouclé fabric. One is already on the table to cut. You like to see what the colour is? Next week the result will be on my blog.

Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

Other Breaking Ground Sewers 

This week over 25 bloggers from around the world are sharing their makes from a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves.
Monday March 11 That’s Sew LilyMijn 11jes & ik
Tuesday March 12 mahlicadesignsEmbrace EverydayJot Designsauschick sews,Raising Stripling Warriors
Wednesday March 13 Musings of A SeamstressVery BlissfulSew4FiveJust Sew SomethingHazelnut HandmadeCrafting Through TimeTales From A Southern Mom
Thursday March 14 Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea AtelierRonda B HandmadeSequioaLynn SewsSewing with DThe Sewing GoatherdOOYAmadeMy Golden ThimbleCustom Made by Laura
Friday March 15 Sew Cute Couture by KathySewing NoviceRonda B HandmadeMomma Bear SewsMeMadeMy Golden ThimbleLulu & Celeste

Give away and a challenge for you

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.
Enter Here for the give away!
We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

24 Comments on Knitted Bouclé Blackwood Cardigan

    • Thank you for your kind comment. I’ve two long cardigans in my wardrobe and I don’t find them very wearable when I’me working. This short version and bouclé fabric makes it more suitable to wear it at work but also for presentations.

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