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Blackwood Cardigan in Maroon Rib Jersey Knit

Hello everyone, I’m Kealy from Voice of a Creative. This time for my Minerva Makers blog post, I chose this awesome Melange Rib Jersey Knit Fabric.

I had been looking at this fabric for a little while, I love the look of a ribbed fabric for cardigans because of the texture mix with other garments. This fabric comes in so many different colours including maroon, mustard, olive, rust, sand and slate. You could probably make a cardigan to match every outfit from that selection. The fabric is 85% polyester, 10% Viscose and 5% Elastane.

I decided to make a Blackwood Cardigan by Helens Closet. This is my tried and true pattern for cardigans, because it works out so well every time I make it. This pattern has just had its size range increased as well, so even more people can enjoy the pattern. I used to have a ready to wear cranberry cardigan which I wore all the time but is now looking faded and stretched out, so I wanted to make a replacement maroon cardigan. I love the colour of this fabric as I can wear it with navy and blues, which means it will go with many items in my wardrobe.

I make the size large in this pattern and find that it fits me well with no adjustments. Although when making the Blackwood cardigan I often double the width of the neckband, as I feel a lot cosier like this. I find that this also means I can fold the neckband over the give a different look when I wear it.

One element I really love about this pattern is the cuffs, I even use the pattern piece to add cuffs to my other makes. I tried using clips this time instead of pins, so I could sew it straight on the overlocker, this worked well, and I will do this more in the future. The finished cuff looks so smooth and professional after being sewn on the overlocker.

I vary the length of the cardigan each time I make it, the length I like best is half way between the short and long length on the pattern as I feel this length suits me best. This way I can wear the cardigan with dresses as well as jeans. When I do this, I fold up the pattern to the desired length and cut at that point, I also cut the longer length waistband piece to accommodate for my hips.

The most challenging part of this cardigan is the pockets, they are patch pockets, but I have had very little success with them in the past, so I chose not to include them in this make.

This fabric was easy to work with, I managed to cut the pieces out neatly and accurately. It was also easy sew on my sewing machine, especially using my walking foot, as I usually use this with stretch fabrics. However, I struggled a little with it on my overlocker, especially when sewing 4 layers. It worked out in the end though and I just had to pay a little more attention when overlocking.

I love the final cardigan, especially the colour and the rib on the fabric and I will get so much wear out of this cardigan.

Thanks for reading,

Kealy @ Voice of a Creative

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