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Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band

We are so excited about this Blackwood Cardigan hack- it’s super easy, but it makes such an effective change! The extended collar really adds a warm and cozy feel.

We used the shorter view (View B) of the Blackwood Cardigan for this hack, but it will work with either view. Since we used the shorter view without pockets, this hack is so quick and easy to sew up. I used a waffle sweater knit from Blackbird Fabrics.

Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band

We only made one change to the pattern: widen the front band to 14 inches. We kept the length of the front band the same. Factoring in seam allowances and folding the band in half, the finished width of the new front band is around 6 inches. You can make the front band any width you like!

Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band
Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band
Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band

Simply follow the instructions for sewing Blackwood, treating your new front band pieces as you would treat the original front band pieces.

Wear your front band folded over or draped in the front, it’s up to you!

Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band
Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band

That’s it! This super-easy tweak totally changes the look of your Blackwood Cardigan. I know that this one will be getting plenty of use throughout autumn and winter. Stay warm, friends!

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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

19 Comments on “Blackwood Cardigan Hack: Wide Front Band”

  1. Love it but just one thing – the instructions say the finished band is 14 inches but the starting band piece is 6inches.

    1. No big deal, you just reversed it- the unfinished band is 14 inches, folded in half minus seam allowance it will be a bit more than 6

  2. This is really nice – I love the original pattern so much that I haven’t changed it much, but I have to make one of these!

    What’s the beautiful rib fabric?

  3. I love it! It’s great the way the extra fabric folds at the neckline – not quite a collar, but a soft cozy gather. I like that!

    I’ve been fiddling with this pattern a lot, but haven’t tried this yet! I have the perfect fabric in my stash for it…hmmm. Guess I know what I’m going to work on this weekend!

  4. I loved this idea and applied it to a heavier olive green textured knit, to the longer length. However I used the bottom band material for a belt instead, and this makes a completely different look, and is great for colder weather as a sweater jacket outside. I had done a modified version of this on a previous Blackwood, as I cut my bottom band out and it was too short for my doubled neck band, and so as no to waste material made a wide belt from the soft knit. The green belt is only 2 inches wide. I now have 4 Blackwoods, 1 original and 3 hacks. LOVE this pattern 🙂

  5. Loved this hack. I have made two now a red one and a brown one both in merino wool. These are first Helens Closet makes.

  6. I just used this hack after feeling uncomfortable with the original band on my first Blackwood. Now I have a cardigan I love!

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