Rib knit Blackwood Cardigan

‘Touch your hair’ in pictures, other bloggers say. I’ll let you judge if it looks more or less awkward!

Just a short post from me today – this is a repeat, after all and I haven’t got a whole bunch of great pictures to share with you for this one.

This is my second Blackwood Cardigan, a real everyday workhorse pattern from Helen’s Closet. My first version was more wintry – extra-long in a charcoal grey ponte, so I opted for the complete opposite this time to get a different look. I’ve gone shorter, and used a stretchy rib knit – the Meet Milk ‘Ottoman’ tencel-based fabric I bought from Sew Me Sunshine in lapis blue (other colours are available).

It’s not the easiest knit to work with – you have to get the ribs all lined up when you cut on-grain straight pieces like the neckband, and it’s quite fluid and stretchy, so the ponte is definitely an easier option. But if you need a lightweight, cool-to-the-touch summer-weight cardigan, you’ve sewn knits before, and you’re happy to coax it into shape, then I can recommend it.

I’ve made a couple of notes to myself on the construction:

  1. A rotary cutter is much easier than shears or scissors for this fabric, since you want to be able to slice right down a single rib, and when you’re cutting across ribs a sharp rotary cutter is just the job.
  2. Next time I make something with cuffs, I really should try the cuffs on before I finalise the diameter and sew them on. These are a bit on the big side because the fabric is quite fluid but I’m not going to bother to go back and make them narrower.
  3. I couldn’t quite face the FBA I said I would consider after the first version so maybe I should just go up a size and deal with the adjustments for that instead!
Like I said, the pictures aren’t plentiful or great quality. My son has kidnapped my tripod to make a den in his room…

Lockdown sewing for me has been all about laziness – there’s just been too much else going on in the house (hello, homeschooling alongside work) to tackle anything finicky. Has it been the same for you, or have you been able to upskill and test yourself on more complicated projects?

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