August 17 2021

Yoke’s On Me

my carefully laid plan

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.
lovely Drops Baby Merino

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!

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Veröffentlicht17. August 2021 von Ella in Kategorie "The Posts

10 COMMENTS :

  1. By Mary-Anne on

    Luck wished indeed. I am impressed by anyone trying to design something and plan increases/decreases at the same time. Lovely colours, and your tips are very helpful if I ever decide to take the plunge. I did design my gansey, but that was just knits and purls, not having to take colour changes into the equation.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. I was thinking of knitting a single colour yoke sweater first, to get the increases right, but I was so boring! I’m learning so much right now, and it’s so much fun.

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  2. By Maureen on

    The yarn colors are quite beautiful. WOW. I can’t even imagine trying to create a sweater pattern. Good Luck! Glad to see you are keeping your sense of humor. I can imagine it can get quite frustrating.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Maureen. There have been quite a number of frustrating moments (of the „please open the window, I need to throw this out!“ kind) but now that it’s starting to look like I had imagined, I’m really in love with it all, the sweater, the designing, the overall experience, and I’m learning so much.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Cin. I’m just about to write a post with a progress pic, and looking forward to hearing – or reading – your thoughts on it.

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  3. By Lucy Bowen on

    They sound like some great tips to bear in mind! Well done for persevering with it!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Lucy. I’ve read some books on colourwork and designing but doing it is quite a different experience. I might get hooked, actually.

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  4. By Becki on

    Looks like a lot of learning! I’m so impressed at knitting (or crochet) designing. It must take a huge amount of patience, and very clever brain cells. 🙂 What pretty colors you’re working with!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Becki. Yes, it’s training my patience to the very limit, but I love the result, and the playing around and trying. The tinking and ripping hair out, not so much. But I think it’ll be worth it in the end.

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