Andi Satterlund's Tierney Cardigan Pattern Review

I think it is appropriate that the first garment I ever knit was the Miette cardigan, and the first "real yarn" garment I knit is also an Andi Satterlund cardigan design. I've knit a small handful of cardigans since I really got back into knitting three years ago, but they've all been knit from acrylic yarns. It is amazing the difference it makes to have a hand knit garment made from a natural fiber blend!

I was part of a group of preview knitters for this pattern. If you haven't looked at the #tierneycardigan hashtag on Instagram yet, you should because there are some jaw-droppingly gorgeous versions on there!

I have always had a major crush on all of Andi's patterns. They are an amazing blend of vintage with modern practicality. I've wanted to knit more of her designs for simply ages after knitting four versions of her Miette cardigan. I love her instructions and the way everything is laid out in such an understandable fashion.

I had such a tough time getting gauge for my Tierney cardigan. It is designed for a linen/cotton/hemp blend DK weight yarn. I originally intended to use a 100% superwash merino DK yarn, but that didn't work AT ALL! It was much too thick and bouncy. I later realized that it was a heavy DK if not a proper Worsted weight yarn.

Anyway, after I had tried four different needle sizes on both wood and metal and had no luck, I was about to throw in the towel. I had no idea what to do! On a whim, I decided to measure my gauge on a recently finished fingering weight shawl. . . And it was spot on!! What??! 😑 I ended up using a US size 3 needle and fingering weight yarn.

Still not sure what was up with that. I will say, even though I got gauge, it is a much looser fabric than it would have been if I had had an appropriate DK weight yarn to use. So if you make the Tierney cardigan, I highly recommend trying to use DK if at all possible. My cardigan turned out, but I think it would have been even better in a thicker yarn. The yarn I used is Emmy Couture Yarns on the Dumble base (75% superwash merino/25% nylon) in the "Clear Summer Skies" colorway.

I knit the 38 inch bust size which is perfect since it gives me just a smidge of negative ease. The finished cardigan ends just past my natural waist which makes it absolutely amazing to pair with all of my circle skirts and vintage style dresses. And since it is lightweight it will be a beautiful transition piece. In case you are curious, in these pictures I'm wearing the cardigan with my first version of the Sew Over It Betty dress.

I want to talk about the buttons now. Aren't they just gorgeous?? I fell in love with them after spotting them in Joann, but I didn't purchase them for ages. I finally caved and bought them with the intent to use them for another project. But they weren't quite right for that, so I held onto them knowing that someday I'd find something to use them on.

When I was knitting away on Tierney, I realized that the two together were absolutely amazing! The buttons are wood so even though they're fairly large they are incredibly light. And since I have no intention of ever just chucking my hand knits in the wash and dryer, I don't have to worry about breaking the buttons.

I love it when a project that you've spent so much time and energy on turns out beautifully. It doesn't always happen (like my recent Weston shorts fiasco. . .) but when it does, it's just the best!


Disclaimer: I received the Tierney cardigan pattern in exchange for taking the time to knit it. All opinions expressed herein are my own.