The Blackwood Cardigan has been on my to do list since it was released. I do love a cardigan and they are on regular rotation in my wardrobe. The Blackwood appealed to me because it is a close fitting garment and I knew made in merino, that it would become a staple in my work wardrobe. What I didn't realise is that it isn't designed to meet in the middle at the
front. I do like to wrap my cardigans around me in the cold weather.
The fabric I chose is a piece of merino nylon that has been a long time stash resident. My measurements put me at a medium which I found odd. Usually at size 10, I fall into the small category but not this time.
The cardigan was really quick to make with most of the construction done on the overlocker. I took extra care with the pressing because this fabric really doesn't like the iron.
Once I had the entire cardigan finished I discovered that it was actually a bit too small. I measured the pattern which I should have done before I began, and discovered that the pattern has negative ease so I really needed to go up to a large. What the.....I have never been a large in my life! The size was also exaggerated by the fact it doesn't meet at the front.
I didn't actually think I would wear the too small cardigan and was really quite disappointed but surprisingly this cardigan has been worn quite a bit despite its snug fit.
Would I make this again? Well, yes and no! After I had finished this version, I actually made one for Courteney in a larger size, which was somewhat better. I then wondered if I could draft my own in a shape I liked better and you guessed it, that was exactly what I did!