{knitting} My Vianne Cardigan gets a debut in Siena!

I'm back again and today I have some knitting to show. More specifically, my Vianne cardigan. I have to admit that the knitting was finished in September last year but it stayed buttonless until last month. Oops! I originally intended for this to be part of last year's OAL2015 (Outfit ALong), hosted by Lauren and Andi Satterlund, but I went away a lot over the summer and it didn't pan out. Better late than never I guess and here she is now!
Vianne Cardigan

Isn't it gorgeous?! I am so absolutely in love with it that I'm planning another one already. Although I didn't actually enjoy working on it while I was knitting it. My gauge was off - because I bought the yarn under the impression that it was a DK and it was in fact an aran weight. I managed to get the right number of stitches but the rows were way out, so I had to do so much maths that it hurt my head! And rather than have measurements, the pattern works off number of rows knitted, which I had to adjust each time. What a nightmare that was!
Vianne Cardigan
It is clear, however, that I'm a bloody maths genius because this turned out to be my favourite fit yet as far as cardigans go.It's knitted in one piece, with the sleeve cap shaped in short rows. This is my favourite way to set in sleeves. I love watching it take shape as I work and it's the best fit as well. Just like a seamed jumper but without the seaming. Winner! And look at the mesh pattern in the back. I love everything about this cardigan! Can you tell?
Vianne Cardigan
We were in Siena on this day. It's a gorgeous little place! Full of wonderful shops and beautiful architecture. There's a stunning cathedral there, too. It was the only church we paid to enter the whole time we were away - we're atheists and dislike the idea of giving money to any and all churches. Although it has to be said that Italy has some of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.
Vianne Cardigan
Back to Vianne. The yarn I used was Cascade 220 Superwash and it was great to work with it again.
I decided to go with only 4 buttonholes. With my tension being off, the v-neck would've looked all kinds of wrong had I used 5 buttons. I'm glad I went with my hunch. I also finished the buttonhole band with a ribbon, to give it more stability - like I did here. The button side hasn't been done yet because I didn't have time - I only finished it the day before we left! I will get round to it soon though, because it makes a huge difference.
Vianne Cardigan
One last thing I wanted to mention was the "tail" at the centre back. It really bothered my when I couldn't block it into oblivion and I was a little worried about how it'd look when worn. As you can see, there is a bit of a dip (well, in this photo there's something weird happening but the previous back one shows the dip properly) but it isn't a problem to me. It's the nature of the mesh pattern and there's nothing you can do about it. I think it just adds to the charm.

These last 2 photos weren't taken in Siena and are a teaser of what's to come. Can you guess where we were then?

Until next time!


  1. Love the cardigan but also love that pink dress you are wearing under it! Is it me-made?

    1. Thank you! Yes, it's the Megan dress from Tilly Walnes' book Love At First Stitch.


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