I have a finished project to share with you!
My Vianne Cardigan!
The pattern is by Andi Satterlund, it's available on Ravelry and also through her site Untangling Knots. Andi has a gorgeous collection of vintage inspired cropped sweaters which I can't get enough of. I'm already eyeing her Christmas tree sweater for this Winter.
Vianne is a top down seamless sweater featuring mirrored lace sections running down the front panels. The original pattern calls for a lace framed mesh panel on the back but I've opted to keep the back as a solid panel.
For my cardigan I've used KnitPicks Simply Alpaca in the colorway Alfie. I had a little trouble making gauge because KnitPicks Alpaca is classified as an Aran and this pattern calls for a DK, but with lots of swatching and one (accidentally) extra large test run I finally got the size to work out!
The pattern calls for 0-3" negative ease. I wear a 40" bust circumference and was able (just barely) to get away with the 37" bust after blocking. My only complaint with this pattern was the picked up short row sleeve caps. I understand the inherent ease of a seamless sweater but I would rather work a flat panel sleeve and seam it later than have to mess with a large panel of short row shaping on the sleeve caps over many Dpns. I'm also not a fan of having short row turns visible on the finished product. This is just personal preference and definitely won't keep me from working one of her patterns again. I will most likely just work the sleeves as flat set in panels next time.
Not gonna lie, it took me AGES to pick out these buttons! At first I was set on rhinestone buttons until I realized that if I made it extra fancy I would never wear it. I finally settled on these grey buttons from BonjourHandmade on Etsy. They fit perfectly and are just retro enough to work with the sweater style. I did end up opting for only 3 button holes on the button band since it did turn out a little snug across the bust.
Overall I am happy with how this pattern turned out. It was more time consuming than I had hoped since I fought with those short row sleeves for a while (trying to make the visible short row shaping disappear, to no avail) and I spent weeks picking out the buttons (both, my own fault.) I plan to wear this sweater often in the upcoming Fall months.
If you haven't used KnitPicks Simply Alpaca before you should definitely give it a try. I used it for my Two Way Wrap Cardigan and I'm still living in this thing. The yarn is soft and gorgeous. It does take a little swatching to use since the yarn weight designation is a little off but don't let that dissuade you from giving it a try!
Have you tried one of Andi Satterlund's patterns before? Let me know in the comments!
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