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Monday, April 14, 2008

tangled yoke and carnival


If I look like I'm wilting while wearing my new sweater, the Tangled Yoke Cardigan it's because of the heat wave. Many cups of coffee helped me through the weekend and a visit to the fair that parked across the street from our house. And I was determined to finish my sweater, maybe the heat will go away and cool air will prevail a little while longer if I get all the ends woven in and the buttons sewn on. Yes, magical thinking is my friend.

Part of me wanted an oversized, comfy cardigan but I'm glad I decided to make it more fitted. The yoke feels roomy even with the snug fit through the body. I like the finishing on the neck, how it is doubled over and bound off together with picked up stitches along the base of the neck. It feels sturdy and I like the look of the rolled edge uninterrupted by a chained bind off finish. Of course, my favorite part of the sweater is the unique, tangled cable stitch and for me it's just the right amount of cable.


I made a couple of modifications to the pattern. The yarn is Rowan Scottish Tweed and my gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches. Needle size US 4/ 3.5 mm for main body, US 3/ 3.25 mm for button bands and collar.
I cast on enough stitches to make a 35 1/2 inch finished bust circumference. After 2 1/2 inches of ribbing I switched to stockinet. The yoke has 20 sts less than the smallest size in the pattern.


C'mon who doesn't love a house of mirrors...


and smiley faced lady bugs going around and around?


These are the pretty buttons I bought for the Tangled yoke. They have weight and I like the burnished metal color with the tweed. If you're in L.A. and need buttons, I got these at The Button Store, a wonderful place for button lovers.

16 comments:

Poethead said...

Love it! The Scottish Tweed is one of my favorites. I wish I had the math sense to custom fit my own sweaters, alas, I am an English teacher, and we don't do math!! The sweater is so pretty!

Lolly said...

it is lovely! and it looks like a nice fit. cute pics from the fair!

lainevierge said...

That cardigan looks fantastic!

mames said...

i cannot believe you wore wool this weekend, i touched mine but, wow! impressive in the heat we were experiencing. the tangled yoke is lovely and suits you so well. thanks for the button shop link, i look forward to discovering some finds there if i ever get a solo shopping trip.

Gudrun Johnston said...

It looks gorgeous on you...you'll just have to hang out in air conditioning to get some use from it!
Love the buttons too...will definitely have to check out that store when I finally get to LA.

Sonya said...

It has been hot even up here, so I can well imagine the wilting. I have my mind set on summer sweaters. Your tangled yoke is lovely and the buttons - perfect marriage.

lori z said...

It looks great Kat!

kat coyle said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Poethead: I learned all my math by knitting!

Mames: It took a few minutes to take these pictures and then I took the sweater off!

Connie said...

The cardigan looks very nice on you. Nice of you to brave hot temps in a wool cardi for the sake of our reading pleasure :)

Michele said...

that top photo of you looks so sweet! can't tell you're wilting. i'm so glad you ordered more yarn and got this finished.

raining sheep said...

Gorgeous cardigan...the grey is so beautifully soft looking. Everyone who makes that cardigan looks great in it; obviously a really good pattern. I want to make it but am not there yet...maybe in a few months.

kat coyle said...

raining sheep: the knitting is mostly stockinet (and ribbing). The cables are not that difficult but if you're not used to reading charts it's advisable to color code the stitches and memorize (while practicing cabling) the directions that the cables slant.

Nonnahs said...

Your Tangled Yoke is beautiful, Kat! (Yeah...haven't really made any progress on mine since we last spoke...)

shopgirl said...

the cardigan is wonderful and looks like a perfect fit:)

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

I am so behind on blogs!!! I love your cardi, and Fee is starting to look like a little rock star, er little knitting rock star!

Norma said...

That's a lovely iteration of a lovely pattern. Well done!