Còinneach is this week’s West Highland Way club pattern.

Còinneach is the Gaelic word for mossy, and it is also the name given to the famous summit above Loch Lomond – Conic Hill. People who don’t think about the way local names have been anglicised can sometimes be confused by this hill, which is much more of a knobbly ridge than a cone.

Tom made this short time lapse video of a night he spent on Conic Hill last year.

As you probably know, circular yokes are one of my favourite things to design and knit, and this one is already a personal favourite.

It’s knit in the round from the bottom up, in five rich shades of Milarrochy Tweed. The tones of the tweed are simultaneously earthy and luminous and I love the way they work together.

There’s corrugated rib around the neck, hemline, cuffs, and the front bands, which are worked after the steeked front opening is cut open . . .

So many people get in touch to tell me they are terrified of steeks. Really, chopping up your knitting is not half as scary as it sounds and there many online resources to help you through the process, including my handy series of steek tutorials.

Why not give it a go?

I love all the designs I’ve created for this collection, but I just don’t think you can argue with a colourful circular yoke!

It’s only the third week of twelve on our West Highland Way journey, and I’m enjoying it immensely. After working on a collection for many months, it always feels good to get the patterns out there.

49 thoughts on “Còinneach

  1. I have no idea how I missed this post! Oh, how I adore a circular yoke and an opportunity to cut up my knitting!

    hats off, Kate. I love it. I also note that I can now buy your milarrochy tweed in your shop! Super!

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  2. That purple/green combo is one of my favorites. That you love designing yokes is obvious because each and every one of them is gorgeous.

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  3. Love the surprise of the purple, which I really didn’t notice until I saw the design up close. Also love the corrugated rib at the fronts. I’ve designed steeked sweaters, taught classes, and written blog posts about steeking (I admit to preferring the machine stitched variety), and wish everyone with a fear of cutting would knit up a swatch to see how incredibly easy (and liberating) it can be.

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  4. This is so beautiful, and, oddly enough, the colours very evocative of my part of the world: south-East Australia. I think you have emboldened me to have a go at steeking with this one.

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  5. Oh, the moon! We are never left in darkness.
    In the late 80s I hiked with a guide out of Inverness in July. Our little group of 4 climbed Meall a Bhuachaille and Craiggourie; Tom a ‘Choinich; Meall Fuar-mhonaidh and Ben Wyvis. We were stopped from ascending Ben MacDui on the last day by exceptionally heavy rain. :( It is still one of the most glorious weeks of my life.
    The colours of Kate’s yoked cardigan really reflects the colours of the hills. I would say I am feeling rather wistful now.

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  6. I have so far resisted temptation, as I know I don’t have time to knit the designs as we go along, but I have just given in and joined the club! This cardigan is beautiful!! I really look forward to knitting it when I do have time. Thank you, Kate.

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  7. Love that video, especially the moon legging it down the sky and shining on the water :) I do love that cardigan. I am currently in the process of losing weight (a lot of weight) and now that is going to be my reward to myself once I have lost another 2 stone or so.

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  8. Thank you, Tom and thank you, Kate. What a beautiful pairing of video and pattern. It almost makes me want to try cutting a steek. At the moment I’m still dithering about it!

    Cheers and white wine, Hazel.

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  9. Do I spy BRUCE? In the TENT? How does he like that? My furry friend would have us rolling down the hill straight into the loch if I tried a joint camping expedition :) Beautiful pattern, as always!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! I’ve been looking at the photos for a while, trying to figure out why I like this design so much (apart from the fact that it has all my favorite colors in it) and suddenly it hit me; the corrugated ribbing! How well it combines with the yoke, rather than having all the ribbing in either the main color, or one of the contrast colors, which is often the case. This is so subtle and beautiful, and just melts in with the rest as if it was truly ment to be. Love it!

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  11. Well, that was just beautiful. The film definitely wins soothing image of the week! I just loved watching the moon fall across the loch.
    Love the colours in the cardigan, especially the earthy tweediness of the body.

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  12. Every week another great pattern, beautiful pictures and/or videos and interesting information. I am so glad to have joined the club! Thank you!

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  13. Utterly gorgeous – my daughters-in-law are gagging for it. Not my style but very much theirs. Having been terrified of steeks am now confidently cutting through knitting thanks to your excellent tutorials – have completed several patterns from your Yokes book and also Rams & Yowes blanket for my sister, which went down a storm this Christmas.

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  14. I really enjoyed the video Tom, Thankyou, and I am very tempted to knit Coinneach, just have to decide which order to do it out of all these wonderful patterns. Just finished Carbeth!

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  15. OMG!!
    I love that view. It´s so relaxing … One day I will vissit the Islands!
    The cardigan it’s beautiful and soft colors.
    love all!

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