Carol Feller’s Transom Cardigan marks a first in the history of the MDK Field Guides. It’s the first Field Guide sweater to feature a saddle shoulder.
A saddle shoulder is not a super-common feature of sweater construction, at least in these days of the round, patterned yoke. A saddle shoulder is special. It’s tailored. It lets the diagonal rib motif of the Transom Cardigan’s sleeves carry all the way up to the collar, with no interruption.
The saddle shoulder may be new territory for some of our readers, even those who have knit a lot of sweaters. Carol Feller will guide us through her process for working this snazzy little bit of knitting derring-do, so stay tuned for that. Today, we will just look upon the Transom Cardigan, and its saddle shoulder, and sigh with admiration.
What is a saddle shoulder, anyway? I knew what it was, sorta-kinda, and I’ve worked at least one saddle shoulder sweater in my lifetime, but I was hard pressed to define it.
Luckily, Ann Budd explained it, in her indispensable guide, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: a saddle is “a rectangle of fabric worked at the top of the shoulder that extends into the sleeve cap.”
Isn’t it gorgeous how the diagonal ribs of the sleeve go up, up, up, until they flow elegantly into the collar?
And that little faux seam along the edge of the saddle? Genius.
The saddle shoulder is my new favorite shoulder. I’m going to need a little hand-holding, but I can’t wait.