Sometimes, I really like to play with fire. This is one such occasion. Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like – I’m trying to design a stranded yoke sweater. Why did I not simply buy a pattern and yarn, maybe even a kit, and start the yoke adventure the easy way, you ask? Well, my blood pressure has been a little low lately, so I thought this would be a fun way to up it a little. (Translated: „I’m stupid like that“.)
Anyhow. This is my … hmmm, let me think … I guess it’s my fourth attempt to fit some lovely Fair Isle patterns into 16 wedges with a limited but ever changing number of stitches. So here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Forget the stitch count per wedge, just concentrate on the stitch total or you’ll go bonkers trying to squeeze the patterns in.
- Don’t forget to place markers between wedges, you really need to remember where to do your increases if this sweater is ever going to fit.
- Patterns are loners, they don’t want to co-exist row by row. They need a little breathing space. Plus changing colours is so much neater after you’ve added a few rounds in just one colour.
- I highly recommend not cutting the yarn right after you’ve finished a segment or pattern. You do need a little time to see if the colour choices work, and if the patterns play out as nicely in real life as they did on the paper.
- Always have a pencil, eraser and some scrap paper at the ready, you’ll need it. There will be lots of changes. Lots of changes. I mean LOTS OF CHANGES.
This is the yarn. It’s my favourite Drops Baby Merino in some really lovely colours. I really love working with this yarn, and it’s quite affordable which is good, considering that first attempts at anything have a tendency to take up permanent residency in the bin. If I succeed, I might actually splurge on real shetland wool but for now, I’ll stick to what I have. Wish me luck!