Monday, February 4, 2013


I have to say that I'm proud of the entire Woodsmoke & Ash collection of patterns.  The one that stands out the most to me, though, has to be this one: Traverse.   

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
A great addition to a man's everyday wardrobe, this classically-styled cardigan features attractive color work that adds interest without being too loud.  The shawl collar creates a clean look with a cozy feel, and the raglan yoke provides a relaxed fit.  A yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter makes for an extremely light-weight but warm sweater.

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
The color work is subtle and masculine, and designed to be conveniently worked all on the right side.  Traverse is knit bottom up seamlessly in the round, then steeked to open the cardigan front.  The shawl collar is picked up after steeking and worked with short row shaping.

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
Because I know you all wanted to see the inside (I know I would!)  

As much as I adore this sweater, it did involve a few small disasters that always make a project exciting, especially when it's for work and not just for fun.  

First, (and oh, it hurts to point out mistakes, but here you have it!) I managed to skip two rounds of color work on one of the sleeves.  I didn't notice it until the sweater was already complete, and I decided against surgery to take the sleeve off, work the color work rounds, and then graft it back on since I was just days away from the photo shoot.  Look closely and I'm sure you'll find it since it's visible in several of the photos.  It's like "Where's Waldo?"    

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
And second, I put the buttons on the lady side instead of the manly side.  I corrected this in the instructions, and if you look at the photos, you'll notice they appear to be on the correct side.  But, my secret was to flip all the photos so it would look right (don't tell!)

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
This is the final pattern release from the book, and those of you who have pre-ordered the ebook or print book + ebook should have already received the link both to this pattern, and to the full digital book.  

Photo Copyright Kathy Cadigan 2012
The ebook is now available for purchase, and you can now get the print book + ebook through Magcloud.  Books can now be delivered outside the US and Canada, so if you live elsewhere and would like a copy of the book, now is your chance.  

Since I like to have a little fun, the first person to post a comment below correctly identifying my color work mistake will win a free digital copy of the pattern, or $7 off the Ebook (winner's choice).  Be sure to leave a way to contact you (email, Ravelry, or Twitter) so I can let you know if you won.  Happy hunting!

Pattern Info
Sizes & Finished Measurements
Chest Circumference: 36.75 (39.75, 42.75, 46.25, 49.25, 52.75, 56.75) in/ 93.5 (101, 108.5, 117.5, 125, 134, 144) cm

Worsted weight yarn in three colors:
MC: 1120 (1211, 1302, 1409, 1500, 1607, 1729) yd/1024 (1107, 1191, 1288, 1372, 1469, 1581) m
CC1: 420 (454, 488, 528, 562, 602, 648) yd/384 (415, 446, 483, 514, 550, 593) m
CC2: 280 (303, 326, 353, 376, 403, 434) yd/256 (277, 298, 323, 344, 369, 397) m
20 yd/18 m fingering weight yarn in coordinating color for crocheted steek reinforcement
Shown in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Wool, 140 yd/128 m per 50g skein)
Main Color: #04 Nest 8 (9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins Contrast Color 1: #24 Soot 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins Contrast Color 2: #27 Woodsmoke 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins
Steek reinforcing yarn shown in Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering (100% Merino, 525 yd/480 m per 100g skein); Color: Charcoal; 1 skein

21 sts/36 rows = 4 in/10 cm in Stockinette with smaller needle
Needles & Notions 
* Needle Sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge. 
US #4/3.5 mm 32 in/81 cm circular needles 
US #4/3.5 mm 60 in/152 cm circular needles 
US #4/3.5 mm double pointed needles, 32 in/81 cm or longer circular needle for magic loop method or 2 circular needles; use your preferred small-circumference circular knitting method. 
US #6/4 mm 32 in/81 cm circular needles 
US #6/4 mm double pointed needles, 32 in/81 cm or longer circular needle for magic loop method or 2 circular needles; use your preferred small-circumference circular knitting method. 
size C/2.75 mm crochet hook 
tapestry needle 
place markers 
removable place markers 
waste yarn or stitch holders 
5 1 in/2.5 cm buttons 
sharp scissors for cutting steek
working color work from charts, shaping in pattern, picking up stitches, steeking, short row shaping


  1. Hummm...I think the booboo is on the right sleeve at the top of the bell shaped thingys. All the others have rounded tops (or bottoms - depends how you look at them) and those are flat. I think you forgot the rows that give them the rounded section.
    But I never would have noticed if you didn't say anything...

    1. Oh, and I'm "iownapaint" on Ravelry ;)

    2. Ding, ding! Congrats & good eye. Do you want the pattern or the book discount?


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