Land o' Cakes by Kate Davies Designs

Land o' Cakes

by Kate Davies Designs
March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette / colourwork in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1531 - 2734 yards (1400 - 2500 m)
35-57½ in
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Land o’ Cakes

Popularised in the poetry of Burns and Fergusson, Land o’ Cakes is a familiar name for Scotland (the cakes in question are oatcakes). This oaty cardi features a steeked front opening and corrugated colourwork through the yoke (whose rhythms are addictive to work). A draft to weave the matching belt is also included in the pattern

A kit for this cardigan is available from the KDD shop

Read about the development of this design

Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% Wool; 30% Mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball)

A Hare: 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 14, 15, 15) x 25g balls
B Buckthorn: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) x 25g balls
C Hirst: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) x 25g balls
D Horseback Brown: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) x 25g balls
E Ardlui: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) x 25g balls

Needles and Notions
Gauge-size and below gauge-size needles of appropriate lengths for working body, yoke, and neckline
Needle two sizes below gauge-size (of appropriate length) for picking up stitches along steek edge / button band
Gauge-size and below gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences
Gauge-size dpn for working buttonholes
Stitch markers of two types; 3 ‘x’ and 3 ‘y’, plus 1 for the sleeves
Waste yarn for holding stitches
9-13 safety pins or lockable stitch markers
Tapestry needle
9-13 1.5 cm / ½ in buttons
Tape or ribbon for finishing steek edges / front band facing (optional)

28 sts and 36 rounds to 10cm / 4in over textured colourwork pattern and stockinette in the round using gauge-size needle. If your colourwork tends to tighten, you may need to change needle sizes to achieve gauge over both stitch patterns.
Use 3.25mm needle as a starting point for swatching.

Finished bust (with front bands meeting): 89 (96.5, 104, 109, 117, 122, 129.5, 136, 146) cm / 35 (38, 41, 43, 46, 48, 51, 53½, 57½) in
Shown in the first size with 10cm / 4in positive ease at bust.

Special techniques
Steeks see (
2 stitch i-cord bind off; i-cord buttonholes

Pattern notes
This steeked cardigan is knitted in the round, from the bottom up, all in one piece. The body is completed first, followed by two sleeves, before joining together and working the colourwork yoke from a chart. After the garment is completed, steeks are cut, and front bands added.

Chart notes
Worked around simple combinations of 2x2 corrugated rib, the chart is a repeat of 16 stitches, with 2 stitches worked at the end of the round to balance the repeat. Read chart from right to left throughout.