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.