New Pattern: Voussoir

Posted on | May 31, 2011 | 10 Comments

Last week, a new pattern of mine went live for the Tunney Wool Company, the distributors of O-Wool. I was asked to design something in Legacy DK that involved color work and wanted to challenge myself a little bit on the design end. The final result? Voussoir [ravelry link], a Fair Isle cardigan knit totally in the round, sleeve caps and all (and did I mention there are pockets!!).

all pictures copyright Tunney Wool Company

Totally knit in the round you say? But it’s a cardigan! Yes, yes it is. That is where the steeks come in!

Now before you freak out and say “but I could never cut my knitting! What are you crazy!” (Or as one of my friends say “steeks rhyme with eek!”) I say, give steeks a chance!

I have to admit, when I first designed this cardigan, I was a little apprehensive myself. This was my first steeked project and was a design (with a deadline) to boot! Before I cast on, I thought about the alternatives. What were they? Well, it involved knitting back and worth in one piece and having to work some of the fair isle pattern on wrong side rows (trust me, I’ve done it. NOT. FUN. AT. ALL.) or knitting in pieces and having to deal with seams, not very neat edges, and ends to weave in (and again, working fair isle pattern on wrong side rows). Knitting in the round was the best answer, needles down.

I took a few pictures of the steeking process and hope to have a little tutorial up within the next few weeks. Then you can see with your own eyes that it really works and isn’t as scary as you think it is.


This project was probably one of my favorites to design and knit. I wanted to do a fair isle design for a little while now, but kept putting it off for one reason or another. I suppose reason number one was designing an interesting fair isle design from scratch is hard! Each section of the design has to work together. Then once that is worked out, it all has to make a nice even repeat. Even after all of the details are worked out on paper, swatching needs to be done to make sure the design translates well from paper to yarn.

In the end, all the hard work was worth it. Now, I just need to knit one for myself! I have some O-Wool Legacy DK in natural and charcoal just begging to be knit up. If only I had the time to cast on……



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  • LittleWit

    That’s a very lovely sweater! :)

  • Julie

    What a gorgeous new design!! Love the fair isle.

  • Helen (of troy)

    Its lovely–I love color work–but I prefer it in patches (vs an all over design) and there is just the right amount of color work in this garment.

    Love the colors, too..

  • lauren

    Oh my gosh this is a great sweater! It went straight to the queue. :)

  • Cinnamon

    That is just lovely. Well done. It in my favorites, and one day I will know how to fair isle and have the guts to steek!

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  • Angela

    Beautiful! A perfect blend of large and small patterns and plain areas, IMO. And I will be watching for your tutorial, because I’m thinking I’m going to have to use steeks (for the first time) in an upcoming design.

  • janna

    This is just gorgeous. I don’t mind colorwork, but steeks terrify me. But – if you were willing to steek for the first time in a design, maybe I could do it….

    Love the colors, too!

  • Maryse

    Nice! I like the color combo! Congratulations again!

  • Francesca

    Love this design, love how you took a very traditional design element (fair isle) and used it in a very modern way, the cardigan is lovely…