Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Yoke Sweater

Just a bit over two months after I started it, the yoke sweater is finished.
I'm pretty proud and impressed with myself for completing a whole sweater during tax season. But this was really fun knitting. I love the yarn, Galway Highland Heather. I used 5 balls of the brown and maybe half a ball each of the oatmeal and navy. The yoke patterns came from the book Traditional Scandinavian Knitting. This book has a wealth of pattern ideas. And now that I've got the hang of two color knitting, I'm sure I'll be doing a lot more in the future.The sweater has 3 rapid decrease rounds in the yoke. EZ says the ruffling can be tamed with the use of a steam iron. And she's right, it can. I steamed it right after I knit it to be sure it would lay flat. But after washing, I see the ruffling has returned. Guess it will require steaming after each washing. Although, it doesn't look bad the way it is. Somewhat feminine, kind of blouse like. The sweater is a bit on the long side. Next time I will make the body shorter. I don't think I'd bother with the phoney seams next time. They don't seem to make any difference and are barely noticeable unless you know what you are looking for. The only other problem I had came when I grafted the underarm seam. The grafting went fine, but when I had knitted a ways up the yoke, I noticed holes at each of the ends of the seam. I was able to darn them closed, but next time think I should wait to graft the underarms until the yoke is further along so I can try to avoid the holes.

I'm currently working on several small projects: still the Mister Joe socks (they are my travel knitting and we've done almost no traveling the last 3 months), a v-neck cotton shell, a washcloth in Lion Organic Cotton and a scarf in some yummy mohair. My parents recently returned from a trip to New Zealand and they brought me a bag of awesome yarn. There's two huge skeins of hand dyed wool, enough bamboo yarn for a tank or short sleeve sweater, and two balls of mohair. Certainly enough yarn to keep me busy for quite a while.

The blog has been less of a priority for me lately. I'm not much finding myself motivated to sit down and write. I expect the gaps between posts may continue to grow. I'll still post my FOs as I have them, but may not post much otherwise. Thanks to all who take the time to stop by.

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

Love the sweater! I'm kinda scared of 2 color knitting. I have a hard enough time trying to keep one ball of yarn from getting tangled!