Rowan Tilt Cardigan QueerJoe

Special Tilt Cardigan Post

So many QueerJoe Blog readers commented on the Tilt Cardigan, that I wanted to do a special consolidated post of all-things Tilt.


Tilt Cardigan Pattern Cover Photo
Tilt Cardigan Pattern Cover Photo

Pattern Name: Tilt

Designer: Lisa Richardson


  • Rowan Summerspun – DK weight colourway Maida Vale 118 (darker yarn – 50% merino, 50% cotton)
  • Rowan Purelife Revive – DK weight colourway Rock 465 (lighter colored yarn – 36% silk, 36% cotton and 28% viscose)


  • 3.25 mm (no 10) (US 3)
  • 4mm (no 8) (US 6)

Sizes: To fit chest sizes from 97 cm (38 inches) to 127 cm (50 inches

Techniques:  Knit flat, stranded (Fair Isle) knitting, shawl collar, ribbed pockets


Lisa Richardson is a tremendously talented designer and it shows in the results of this perfectly casual cardigan.  It’s a challenging knit for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s knit flat (not in-the-round), and I find stranded knitting on the purl side to be a challenge.  Second, the two yarns she chose for the project show enough contrast in photos and when standing 5 feet away from your work, but not as much when it’s close up.  So, it’s difficult to see the pattern whilst knitting, requiring a lot more attention.  This is especially true when there are increases and decreases involved as with the sleeve and collar shaping.

Some other challenges:

  • The yarns Summerspun and Purelife Revive are both discontinued
  • The free Tilt pattern by Lisa Richardson has been taken down from their web site

Tilt Project

I desperately wanted this garment in my wardrobe.  Now having it completed, I am thrilled at having gone through the effort of acquiring the yarn and making this cardigan.  I will wear it constantly.

Here are some of the steps in my process:

  • Found vendors with leftover supplies of the two yarns in enough quantities to make the large size of this garment and ordered the yarn
  • Safely stored the Tilt pattern PDF on my computer in case it became hard-to-find (which it has).
  • Re-designed the pattern in a few ways:
    • Modified the body of the cardigan to knit it in-the-round and inserted a 8-stitch steek for the front opening, arm-holes and neck.
    • Eliminated the extended ribbing in the front
Tilt Cardigan Full
Original Tilt Design with extended Ribbing and Pockets
Tilt Flat Full
My revised Tilt design with even front and back ribbing and no pockets
    • Eliminated the pockets in the front inserted into the extended ribbing
    • Documented a bit of the redesign in these two blog entries:


I’m pretty certain that if there was enough demand Rowan would put the free Tilt pattern back out on their web site.  Contact them here to let them know you’d like them to re-add it to their site.

I’m also pretty certain that they wouldn’t consider re-issuing the two discontinued yarns.  Two possibilities I would recommend:

Switch to a different Rowan Yarn:

Rowan Tilt Yarn Substitution

Switch to a substitute non-Rowan Yarn by using

Here’s the result of my efforts!

Tilt QueerJoe

I’d love to hear about any other efforts and experience of others making this beautiful design.

7 comments on “Special Tilt Cardigan Post

  1. Good on ya! Tilt is a knitter’s knitting project…….it has been fun to watch you work through this sweater and the end result is superb!

    The changes you made all improved on the original design.

  2. This is amazing. This is the year I plan to knit sweaters for all my family members. Thos will be perfect for my dad. Thank you for putting in all the hard work in bronging this pattern back into rotation for us.

  3. You are clearly a very talented knitter and I love the changes you have made to the original pattern. I don’t know if you have come across the work of Patricia Roberts – an iconic designer from the 80’s – but take a look at her group on Ravelry for inspiration.

  4. Hi Joe. I kept a copy of this pattern a couple of years ago.
    I just wanted to know where I can still buy the Maida Vale yarn.

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