A local wild flower that thrives on acid Highland soils, foxgloves line the route of many of my daily walks throughout Summer. I love their rich colours and, after spending some time with my camera thinking about their lines and structure, I was excited to develop a chart which meant that I could knit these beautiful flowers up into a yoke.
This is a “traditional” Shetland yoked cardigan, but with a more contemporary fit. It is a shorter length with waist and bust shaping, and whilst the colourwork motifs are placed to sit across the shoulders, the neckline is wider and will not ride as high as the majority of Shetland yokes. Worked in the round with steeks, this is a cardigan of classic design that should wear well and look great for years to come. Length can be added if desired by working extra rounds between the waist and bust shaping.
Bust with overlapping bands: 33¼ (35½, 37¼, 39½, 41¼, 43½, 45¼, 47½, 49¼, 51½)
For a neat fit, choose a size with 2.5cm / 1in positive ease from your actual bust measurement, and for a relaxed fit work with 5cm / 2in positive ease.
Jamieson and Smith 2ply Jumper Weight (100% Real Shetland Wool; 115m / 125yds per 25g ball)
MC (134): 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) balls
CC1 (FC24): 1 ball all sizes
CC2 (29): 1 ball all sizes
CC3 (202): 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls
CC4 (43): 1 ball all sizes
Needles and notions
60-80cm / 24-32in gauge-size circular needle for working body
60-80cm / 24-32in below-gauge-size circular needle for body rib
100cm / 40in gauge-size circular needle for yoke
40cm / 16in below-gauge-size circular needle for neck rib
Gauge-size and below-gauge-size needles of your preferred type for working small circumferences for sleeves
Stitch markers of two different types, x and y
10-12 x 1.25cm / ½in buttons
Tape or ribbon for finishing steek edges (optional)
Errata for print copies of first edition only: Row 28 of the chart should be CC3 (202) only, with no stitches in CC4 (43).