I completed this sweater in December using the Vanessa Cable Cardigan pattern from MillaMia Sweden.
I’m a tad disappointed because I had dreams I would look like this woman…
…complete with cool neon yellow trim. But I would’ve had to buy neon yellow yarn and knit with it, as opposed to choosing burgundy yarn. I guess I didn’t really think that part of it through. 😉
It was a pretty long project as the front panels were comprised of endless amounts of cabling. On one of the panels are a few rows of tight, kinda messed up knitting, which will be my everlasting reminder of that time I was knitting while watching the Season 5 premiere of the Walking Dead.
I’m also a bit bummed because I thought the neck might be more like a funnel neck, but the collar just lies flat. Note to self! — don’t be fooled by models holding up collars in the pattern photo! I have been fooled by this more than once (see my asymmetrical moto jacket).
It’s a lovely warm sweater, and the cabled fronts are extra warm as the texture makes the fabric thicker and seems to trap body heat. I used one of my favourite yarns: Sandnes Garn Mini Alpakka for the taupe sections (colour #2650). It is soft and a bit fuzzy and lightweight yet warm. I love it. The burgundy contrast is Garnstudio Drops Alpaca in colour #3969. This is a very similar yarn but not nearly as soft and fuzzy.
This is the third pattern by MillaMia Sweden I have knit (see my Annika cardigan and Erika cardigan), probably because I can’t seem to get enough of their use of colourblocking and contrast trim on their designs.
This might be next on my MillaMia hit list (but how many cabled cardigans does one compulsive knitter need?). It’s a free download…click the image to get it.
Or perhaps this:
6 thoughts on “Vanessa Cable Cardi”
Wow, that is one beautiful sweater–great job!
Thank you! 🙂
You are much more interesting-looking than the gal in the yellow edged sweater. Beware the pattern where the model is holding something or hiding something. A hard lesson that took me a long time to learn.
Some discreet and invisible hooks and thread loops would give you the funnel neck you desire.
The Merlot colour looks great on you.
The sweater looks very complicated and is realized beautifully. Well done.
Thanks, Barbara! It is a hard lesson to learn, because we really see what we want to see in the pattern photo and it’s hard to look past that sometimes.
I agree with VB. The merlot color really suits you. Great sweater!
Thanks, LauraBorealis! (great handle)