Friday, September 28, 2007

Finally, an FO

at long last, my nearly-seamless yoked pullover. i used the handy book of sweater patterns/EZ's knitting without tears as a guide. the stranded pattern is the Estonian Socks motif from folk socks. i knit the 28" bust at 5 st/in on #6 knitpicks metal circs. i used up 2 balls each of leftover Cascade Indulgence in pink and knitpicks elegance in beige, and my skein of fractal stripe handspun using brown sheep mill ends dyed with wiltons.
Yoke Pullover
this sweater is longer than usual, but i like it. i think i will make future sweaters this length. i had enough yarn to knit longer sleeves, but b/c it is primarily alpaca, i figured it'd be overkill on the heat factor. i think i was right b/c the sweater is plenty warm. i added waist shaping and carried the yarn up the sides for the stripes. i worked bottom up and attached the hem facing as i knit. i learned a new increase from EZ--the M1 by casting on a stitch. it was super easy and not too noticeable, and i will definitely use it again.
Yoke Pullover detail
the color is off in both of these photos, but what can you do--picture a happy medium between the two. the neck fits oddly. i can't figure out if it is because of the yoke style, or because i had to decrease very rapidly after i knit the motif since i couldn't easily decrease during the stranded portion. the sweater is "nearly seamless" b/c i bound off the underarm stitches and then fake grafted them, rather than putting them on a holder. i figured in the end it was the same amount of work, and i wouldn't have to worry about live stitches flopping around while i was knitting the yoke. or something like that.

i learned from EZ that i had been twisting my stitches when i knit continental. i corrected the error, and my two-handed stranded stitches lay nice and flat now. i really wanted to knit with my handspun, but i didn't have enough for a large project. i thought that a yoked sweater would fit the bill. in the process, i used up some leftover yarn, so i'm pretty happy with how this project turned out.

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19 comments:

  1. That's relly nice! It looks great on you.

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  2. wow great sweater its amazing

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  3. Looks great - I love your color choices!

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  4. That's such a great sweater! I love it when handknits are totally unlike anything in the store. Great length too, and nicely balanced by the short sleeves...

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  5. I love it! it really does look great.

    I find that the yoke style does tend to fit me a little more awkward than a raglan where you inc/dec every other row instead of every x stitches in 3-4 different rows. It really looks great though, doesn't look like the yoke "fits oddly" as you say.

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  6. It's really spectacular, the stranded pattern in the yoke is especially beautiful.

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  7. Looks great on you! Beautiful job on the colorwork, too. And stripes in the round with no jogs, niiiice!

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  8. That yoke is so pretty, I love the colorwork! (And your handspun looks great too!)

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  9. I can see what the neckline is doing from the first pic, but it looks great, regardless (a little dimension can be cool, anyway!). It's a lovely yoke pattern. Nicely done!

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  10. Wow, that fair isle is gorgeous. Nice work!

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  11. I like it...and I love that you incorporated some waist shaping--very flattering!

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  12. This is such a great sweater - I'm so impressed!! I love your pattern choice on the yoke, the colors are great - and the fact that that's some of your handspun in there? Amazing. I'm hoping to graduate to actually using my handspun soon - we will see though ;) Congratulations on a really excellent design.

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  13. That is an absolutely stunning FO! Love the colors you chose for the sweater..and the length looks great! Fabulous job!

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  14. Wow. That sweater is awesome! I love the incorporation of the yoke pattern with the striping. You designed a fabulous knit. And the length is great too. I like longer sweaters. If they're too short, even on a short torso, they just make you look shorter. And who wants that right?

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  15. that's a pretty kickass sweater. i would definately wear it myself.

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  16. Gorgeous fair isle, love it!

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  17. That is a very pretty sweater. Love the pattern around the neck. How is your Mitre Square blanket coming along I wonder?!!

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  18. I think it looks gorgeous! You did such a great job creating something totally unique.

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  19. It's absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job! Love it!

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