On the Cover: Santa Maria del Fiore Cardigan

The columns of Santa Maria del Fiore draw your eye upward, their sleek lines interrupted by rich texture. As the lines bend, other ribs come in to support the upper columns. Are we talking about the Florence Cathedral? Actually, it’s the Santa Maria del Fiore Cardigan by Adrienne Larsen, on the cover of Wool Studio Volume 5.

Instead of pulling your eyes to the sky, this cardigan’s long, elegant lines keep your eyes on your knitting. The design combines the familiar elements of cables, ribbing, and garter stitch, but Adrienne Larsen has stacked and combined them in unexpected ways. Inject some garter stitch in the middle of a cable? Let a cable meander from one column of ribbing to another? Why not?

All this may sound complicated, but the cardigan follows a steady rhythm—and with only 2 seams, it’s easy to keep going until you can wrap up in it.

As a fiber nerd, I can’t help pointing out something cool about the Lascaux yarn in the Santa Maria del Fiore Cardigan. It’s a blend of 25% Manx Loaghtan wool—an Old World primitive breed sheep in natural brown from the Isle of Man—and 75% Punta Arenas wool, a bright white wool from South America. A blend such as this creates deep, rich colors when dyed, and using rare breed wool helps keep it available for future knitters.

Picture yourself in the Santa Maria del Fiore Cardigan, and wrap a bit of Florence around you this winter.

Photos by Harper Point Photography

Pattern Details

DIFFICULTY Experienced

FINISHED SIZE 38¾ (43¾, 49, 54¾)” circumference at underarm, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 38¾”; modeled with 4¾” of positive ease.

YARN Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Lascaux Worsted (75% Punta Arenas wool, 25% Manx Loaghtan wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Pompeii, 8 (8, 11, 12) skeins.


NEEDLES (affiliate links) Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS (affiliate links) Markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; five 15/8″ buttons.

GAUGE 21 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in cable patt on larger needle.

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