Published: 26 April 2020

Yoked cardigan for Louise

Yoked cardigan Yoked cardigan I started to knit Fair Isle yokes onto machine-knit jumper and cardigan bodies as a teenager and my love for them has never waned. There's so much scope for making each one different.

I have a knitting machine but it's not been used for years as I find hand knitting more relaxing. One day I may get it out again but for the time being I hand knit everything, using double pointed needles and makkin (knitting belt).

This is the newest cardigan, knitted from Jamieson's of Shetland double knitting (DK) yarn I'd bought a while ago but hadn't got round to using. The main colour is Blue Danube and I used small amounts of other DK colours for the yoke, with Blue Danube as a background in the middle rows. Stocking stitch is quite boring so I chose a textured pattern, Purl-Twist Knot, from "A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns" by Barbara G Walker. The main pattern in the yoke is from "Selbu strikkebok", ISBN: 978-82-8205-673-1.

The construction is the same as Benniegio cardigan but the 2 main differences  are (1) I switched to Spindrift (thinner) yarn for the Benniego yoke which meant I needed to add stitches and use thinner needles for the yoke and (2) in this one I knitted the yoke before I knitted the sleeves, similar to Jolbeth's construction. I didn't use short rows in any of these yoked garments. 

I have added annotated photos which may be helpful for other knitters, just vexed I can't control the order in which they appear. 


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About Shetland


Shetland is the most northerly group of Scottish islands. Apart from mainland Scotland, the other near neighbours are Norway to the east and the Faroe Islands to the north west.