Spruce Island is named in honor of the patch of land where our community Christmas tree grows. Worked in worsted weight yarn, and sporting a shawl collar, Spruce Island is as comforting as the sight of that twinkling conifer. A stranded snowflake motif at the center back adds a festive touch, and makes Spruce Island a lovely sweater to wear throughout the holiday season and into the winter. Constructed using the simultaneous saddle shoulder method described by Barbara Walker, this sweater is top-down and seamless. The saddles are worked first as two tabs, and stitches are cast on and picked up from each saddle’s side to form the yoke. The body is knit flat and sleeves are worked in the round. This is an ideal sweater for intermediate knitters who are inter-ested in new top-down construction techniques; a dia-gram illustrating the yoke construction is included for knitters unfamiliar with this construction method.