Please note that Chaos in the Machine is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern via my CustomFit custom pattern generator. Upon purchase, you’ll receive a credit for a custom version of Alight and instructions on how to create it.
Chaos in the Machine is what happens when Amy lets Kim McBrien Evans play around within CustomFit: It’s a simple open cardigan with super-dramatic details. Mitered sleeves keep your hands warm, without getting in the way. The coordinating collar is knit separately and sewn on, so you can position it asymmetrically as shown, or even and balanced. The sample was knit with 2 strands of a merino, cashmere and silk blend in slightly different colorways, held together to create a warm and cozy fabric.
CustomFit allows you to choose your own sleeve and sweater lengths to match your preference. By design, Chaos in the Machine uses your “long” sweater length and a 3/4 sleeve length. One note on sleeve length: The sleeve length you choose will become the shortest part of the cuff; the mitred cuff instructions are then added to your chosen sleeve length. For typical gauges, the longest part of the cuff will extend 4-5” (10 – 12.5 cm) below this point.
Choose your sleeve length accordingly – 3/4 sleeves will give you cuffs that reach (or partially cover) the back of your hand; elbow sleeves will result in a cuff that reaches the mid-forearm. Chaos in the Machine has an hourglass silhouette (with waist and bust shaping), but the waist shaping is located on the back only for a clean-fronted look. It’s also available in a straight silhouette, with no waist shaping.
Chaos in the Machine is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern for the yarn and measurements of your choice via CustomFit. It’s shown here on Kim in an “hourglass close fit” with an hourglass silhouette, but is available with a straight silhouette and other fits as well.
Your own customized version of the Chaos in the Machine pattern will be written to your gauge, whatever it may be. I recommend something in the vicinity of a DK, though I’ve seen some lovely fingering versions as well.
Kim’s sample is knit in Indigodragonfly Chameleon Sock. Two strands in slightly different colourways were held together to create a warm and cozy fabric.
If you’re using Chameleon Sock held double and would like a similar look to the sample, Kim liked this combination knit up at 5.5 stitches to the inch.
Chaos in the Machine is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed, with set-in sleeves. The collar is knit separately and seamed on.