Tangled Yoke Cardigan

de-tanged yoke cardigan

Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan (Detangled) from Interweave Knits [Ravelry]
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed

Notes: My blogging mojo may be at an all-time low today, but I am posting this anyway because I am about to be shipped out of the country for work, for an as-yet undetermined length of time, so it's kind of now-or-never. I am sick, grumpy, feeling dull-headed, my skin looks like crap, and I am down on my apartment for the lack of natural light even during daytime, etc. etc.. So there won't be much detail here, or a decent modeled shot of the cardigan, and for that, I am sorry because I am going to get lots of wear out of this and I hate to give it such short shrift.

But I'm going to anyway.

So. The yoke is knitted according to EPS, or the Elizabeth Percentage System, used in many an EZ sweater. I skipped the celtic thing because celtic really isn't my style.


Initially I bought these SUPER OVERPRICED buttons from Brooklyn General. I originally wanted mother-of-pearl, but they didn't have them, so I bought these instead. (I love you, BG, but sometimes I just have to shake my head. Why did I buy these buttons for $18? Guess it's more my fault for buying them than anything).

dtyc - these buttons are wrong.

But they made the sweater look too danged plain. So off they came.

They have been replaced with some lovely vintage mother-of-pearl buttons I found at a vintage linens shop called Who Is Sylvia? in Woodstock, Vermont. All nine buttons ran me $3.

de-tangled yoke cardigan

So much more becoming, don't you think? Sorry I couldn't manage a modeled shot today. I don't have a tripod, and with the light challenges in the apartment, it would have been difficult. It fits well, though. Maybe I'll don it at Rhinebeck, if the weather is right.

Oh, and of course, Lisa won. Check out her lovely cardi here.

UPDATE: Okay, I was sitting here writing this, wearing my sweater, and I thought, you know, instead of complaining, why not just take a modeled shot right now. It's up top, as you can see. Due to space constraints (i.e., not straddling my bed and pulling something) it's sort of a close up. You can see it's a little snug around the chest, but that doesn't bother me too much. I'll never wear it with this many buttons done, probably.

Posted by jess at October 15, 2008 8:35 PM | TrackBack

It turned out beautifully, and I think the m-o-p buttons are perfect!

Posted by: nancy at October 15, 2008 6:29 PM


Posted by: Aimee at October 15, 2008 6:32 PM

It's fabulous! Love the buttons - they are just right. Sorry to hear you're not feeling well and that you're imminently leaving the country for work!! Feel better!

Posted by: Lisa at October 15, 2008 6:55 PM

lighting or not it looks lovely and I am sure it will get great wear at Rhinebeck. Congrats... time I should knit one too as it really does look like it would be something I would wear.
feel better soon and hope you can enjoy part of the imminent travel

Posted by: stinkerbell at October 15, 2008 7:15 PM

Wow, beautiful sweater! I like it more with the non-tangled yoke.

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 15, 2008 8:12 PM

I agree, those buttons are cute and go so well with the sweater and material.

Posted by: Spare Ribbon at October 15, 2008 10:24 PM

I agree, those buttons are cute and go so well with the sweater and material.

Posted by: Spare Ribbon at October 15, 2008 10:25 PM

Beautiful! Hope you are heading for a cool climate so you can bring it along :)

Posted by: Kym at October 15, 2008 10:49 PM

It sure is purdy with the mother of pearl buttons and sans celtic-ness! I'm glad you did a modeled shot. How far away from the country are you going? Will you miss all the election madness?

Posted by: yaiAnn at October 16, 2008 12:11 AM

I really like your cardigan. It looks so warm and wearable.

Posted by: Bodil at October 16, 2008 3:00 AM

I really like your cardigan. It looks so warm and wearable.

Posted by: Bodil at October 16, 2008 3:02 AM

Great job! And the mother-of-pearl buttons add an elegant touch.

Posted by: frogginette at October 16, 2008 6:24 AM

Definitely the right button choice in the end, very classic and stylish

Posted by: Sarah at October 16, 2008 7:14 AM

Check eBay for lovely inexpensive vintage buttons

Posted by: Margaret at October 16, 2008 7:27 AM

Beautiful sweater. I'm currently hip-deep in mittens and gloves, with no sweater knitting time available till after the holidays. But I wants it, preciousssss...
I've driven past that shop in Woodstock dozens of times, but never stopped. Hmmmm - looks like I should...

Posted by: gayle at October 16, 2008 8:00 AM

Lovely! I think the buttons you ended up with are perfect, and sans-celtic cabling makes it very clean and chic!

Posted by: aquaknits at October 16, 2008 9:55 AM

So pretty in that yarn, and I love it minus the tangly bits. Great choice on the buttons!

Posted by: lekkercraft at October 16, 2008 12:55 PM

Very classic without the cables and with the mother-of-pearl buttons! (And now that I think about it, mother of pearl is sort of a hilarious name. It's like referring to wood as "mother of amber" to make it sound fancier than it is. I may just have to call them mollusk buttons.) I love the colors in the non-modeled photo - I've been liking that particular combination lately.

Posted by: Sarah at October 16, 2008 1:10 PM

The photo with the brick, I meant. Actually the similar colors in the second modeled shot are close, too. Yum.

Posted by: Sarah at October 16, 2008 1:12 PM

it's lovely, of course! perfect for you, my dear. where are you going to for work?

Posted by: gleek at October 16, 2008 1:56 PM

It looks fabulous! You probably wouldn't believe me but your life sounds quite fun and kicky, what with a great new cardigan, trip to Rhinebeck, your own apartment (even if it is dark), and upcoming international travel for work.

I fed the pigs tonight (usually my husband's job) and got my new corduroys covered in slop.

You see the difference? :-)

Posted by: jessie at October 16, 2008 5:52 PM

I really love this sweater, the color is fantastic. I've been thinking about knitting this for awhile, but was somewhat turned off by the tangled yoke. I like the way yours turned out, now I have to move this up on my list!

Posted by: Brooke at October 16, 2008 6:37 PM

Wow.... I really like it plain...what a great idea!

Posted by: Silver Ilix at October 19, 2008 4:28 AM

it's beautiful... i can totally see you wearing it nonstop.
and seeing this is reminding me of my abandoned felted tweed sweater from vintage knits, which really needs to come out of hiding and get some love.

Posted by: amisha at October 19, 2008 12:44 PM

I really like that sweater. I think it is good without the tangled yoke too. A little more versatile maybe.

Posted by: Cassy at October 20, 2008 10:28 AM

It's lovely! I esp love how high the neckline is.

Posted by: Vanessa at October 20, 2008 6:24 PM

I think we are living parallel lives as far as knitting dumps, wintery complexions and dark apartments. I think I must be the only person in San Francisco who does not have a sunny bay window. Pah! Clearly I am not drinking enough bourbon.

Anyway, your sweater is lovely with both sets of buttons, and the yarn is terrifically becoming.

Posted by: Jemima at October 22, 2008 5:38 PM

I heart the colors in the Rowan yarn and it looks great on you!

Posted by: Delica at October 24, 2008 4:43 PM

Just getting round to saying congrats for getting it finished! It looks great, love those buttons, and I'm sure there will be a place for the terribly expensive buttons soon enough.

Posted by: schrodinger at November 1, 2008 9:14 PM

How beautiful!

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