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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Steeking a Yoke

Hi all. I was happily machine stitching the steek of my Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan this morning when I discovered a bit of a puzzle. The decreases in the yoke make the center line of the sweater jog over several times (each decrease row. What's a knitter to do? My instincts tell me that changing stitches along the steek would be bad. But having the front of my sweater gradually drift over to one side also seems pretty bad. What do you think? What line do I follow?

Edited to add: *Smacking forehead* As soon as I posted this message I realized what I had done. So the lesson is plan ahead when merging two patterns into one. Thanks Meg!

2 Comments:

  • Dear Jessica,
    If you KNOW you are going to make a cardigan, establish the center-front steek right off the bat (about 5-7 stitches) and let NOTHING interfere with it.
    When you reach a color pattern - or a series of increases - or decreases - they may all be centered perfectly, on each side of the steek, make sure to have a mirror-image on either side.
    Are you able to undo the machine stitching? and take back the yoke? You alone are the one to decide whether it is worth all that trouble... maybe make the NEXT one better...
    Onward, Meg

    By Anonymous Meg/Schoolhouse Press, at 3:31 PM  

  • Dear Jessica,
    If you KNOW you are going to make a cardigan, establish the center-front steek right off the bat (about 5-7 stitches) and let NOTHING interfere with it.
    When you reach a color pattern - or a series of increases - or decreases - they may all be centered perfectly, on each side of the steek, make sure to have a mirror-image on either side.
    Are you able to undo the machine stitching? and take back the yoke? You alone are the one to decide whether it is worth all that trouble... maybe make the NEXT one better...
    Onward, Meg

    Meg Swansen
    www.schoolhousepress.com

    By Anonymous Meg/Schoolhouse Press, at 5:57 PM  

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