The Vicenza Cardigan is an elegant and richly textured garment that will be great for cooler autumnal days. It is worked flat in Andalusian stitch and seamed together, with a round neck and an optional contrasting cast-off colour. There are five pieces in total: the back, the right front, the left front, and two sleeves. You will pick up the stitches for the button trim and the collar at the end. The cotton yarn emphasizes the waffle-like texture of the stitch, but other warmer yarns would also look fantastic. The name of this cardigan is inspired by the Palladian Basilica in the northern Italian city of Vicenza, since the colour I used is so similar to that of the old copper roof there. But, of course, you can use any colour combination you want!
Vicenza Cardigan – English
To make the Vicenza Cardigan you will a darning needle and some 5mm and 4mm circular needles.
You will need approx. 4 (5) 5 (5/6) 6 skeins / 848 (1,060) 1,060 (1,060) metres of We Are Knitters Pima Cotton (or any other yarn that meets the stated gauge) to make the cardigan.
You will also need a minimum of 5 buttons measuring 15mm in diameter. If you choose to make the body of your cardigan longer, you may need more.
The sizes XS (S) M (L) XL are intended to fit a bust measurement of roughly 85-90 (90-95) 95-100 (100-105) 105-110 cm with up-to 5cm positive ease. It is meant to be a fairly close-fitting garment, so there is minimal positive ease. My bust measures c. 90cm and I made the size XS but I would make the size S if I were to make another Vicenza Cardigan in the future. The garment measures 55cm from the cast-off edge of the collar to the cast-off edge of the hem.
The Cardigan is made flat and then seamed together. You will need to be able to work Andalusian stitch, 1×1 rib stitch, some basic leaning increases, and some very simple colour work is optional.