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Tarte Tatin

I love twisted stitches and cables and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into my patterns. Tarte Tatin features a twisted stitch center panel reminiscent of an argyle pattern.

The colorway, Pippin, brought to mind apples, which in turn led to me thinking of my favorite apple dessert.

This vest is worked top down with the body in one piece. The two saddle straps are worked separately; shoulder stitches are picked up from the slipped stitch edges. Short row shaping is used for shoulder shaping.

Work continues flat until the front neck stitches are cast on, the armhole shaping is complete, and the remaining body stitches cast on. After that it is worked in the round.

The length of the sweater after the stockinette upper por­tion is completed is constant across the different sizes. If you prefer the bottom portion to be longer, you can add full 20 row repeats as desired.

Waist shaping is given in relation to the pattern repeats and specific rounds, rather than to specific distances; thus, row gauge affects the overall length of the vest.

Purchase yarn (vest is shown in the Pippin colorway) by clicking on the Black Water Abbey logo.

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Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) (shown in size 1X).

Chest circumference: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5, 50.5, 54.5)”

Yarn: Black Water Abbey 2 Ply Worsted, 100% Wool, 220 yds/113g skein, sample shown in Pippin. 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins


  • US 5/3.75mm circular needle
  • US 6/4.00mm circular needle
  • Two US 5/3.75mm double point needles for I cord

Gauge (all worked in the round):

  • 24 sts and 28 rnds = 4” in St st with smaller needles.
  • 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4” in St st with larger needles.
  • 28 sts and 29 rnds = 4” in 2×1 Twisted Ribbing with smaller needles, unstretched.

Notions required: Tapestry needle, 6 stitch markers, cable needle

Skills required: Knitting in the round, cabling, twisted stitches, short rows, Vikkel Braid (instructions given).

Stitch patterns are both charted and written out.


Begin increase rounds.

Work in pattern to 1 st before marker, M1R or M1P (increase to maintain k2tbl, p1 ribbing pattern), ktbl, SM, work in pattern to next marker, SM, ktbl, M1L or M1P, work in pattern to end of front. Repeat for back.