Buchanan by Kate Davies Designs


November 2014
Aran (8 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1072 - 1684 yards (980 - 1540 m)
31¼ - 49½ in
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I live in a wonderful part of the world for walking and the hills, woods, and villages around the Eastern shores of Loch Lomond are my favourite local places for a stroll. This beautiful stretch of land was granted to Absalom Buchanan in 1225, and the rich palette of the Buchanan tartan provided the starting point for this design. Colourful yoke/kilt combinations, in which the shades of the yoke echo those of the tartan, have been worn by women all over Scotland (and elsewhere) since the 1950s, and this is my take on that distinctive style. Like the tartan that inspired it, the design of the Buchanan yoke is bold and simple. It can be worn as a tee in spring, or over layers as the weather cools. The Rowan Kid Classic yarn has a lovely hand and halo, and, worked at this gauge, is surprisingly light and warm.

31¼ (33½, 35, 37, 39¼, 41½, 43, 45, 47¼, 49½) in
For a close fit (as pictured), select a size with zero ease from your actual bust measurement. For a neat fit, choose a size with 1-2in positive ease and for a relaxed fit work with 2-3in positive ease.

MC (871) canard. 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls
CC1 (856) tattoo. 1 ball all sizes
CC2 (847) cherry red. 1 ball all sizes
CC3 (881) ochre. 1 ball all sizes

Needles and Notions
60-80cm / 24-32in gauge-size circular needle for body
60-80cm / 24-32in below-gauge-size circular needle for rib
100cm / 40in gauge-size circular needle for yoke
Below-gauge-size needle of your preferred length for working small circumferences for sleeve caps
40cm / 16in below-gauge-size circular needle for working neck
Stitch markers
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle

You may wish to read my blog post about creating this design.