Friday, January 12, 2007

My First EZ - A Yoke Sweater

Here's my finished Fair Isle Yoke Sweater (unblocked):

A close up of the yoke:

I used about 5 or 6 skeins of Rowanspun Aran in "Midnight" and 3/4ths of a skein of the wine colored yarn.

I had a bit of trouble using the percentage system. The sweater came out a bit snug in the armpits. You can read more about it on my blog: ontheneedles.blogspot.com/
Any suggestions on avoiding this would be appreciated!


  • Beautiful sweater. I love the sophisticated, deep colors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:54 PM  

  • You might get more ease if you join more stitches under the arms, eg. if you joined 8 stitches each from body and sleeves, perhaps join 12 stitches, then maybe knit a few rounds in the main yarn before starting the yoke and decreases? Otherwise, try knitting a diamond-shaped gusset into each armpit, as ganseys do. Try Beth Brown-Reinsel's book for starters.

    I still love the colourwork :)

    By Blogger Moorecat, at 7:02 PM  

  • Added:

    You could still do a mini steek under the arm and add in a diamond gusset. Then you won't have to frog all that lovely colourwork!

    By Blogger Moorecat, at 7:04 PM  

  • Wow! Sorry - no advice from the novice here. But it looks wonderful! I've tentatively tried fair isle colorwork, and have always ripped it out only to come across another project, like this one, that inspires me. Fair Isle here I come - thanks for the inspiration!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 PM  

  • The snug underarms can - possibly - be fixed in the blocking. Give a good yank to the yoke-depth of the wet garment - and, as it lies flat to dry, pull that underarm bit up; see the photos on pages 67, 73, 76 and 79 of Knitting Without Tears.
    Also - I have 'updated' EPS to have a 40% upperarm and 10% stitches on threads at the underarms.... for your next yoke sweater.
    Onward, Meg

    By Blogger Meg, at 7:32 AM  

  • What a handsome sweater!

    By Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter, at 12:20 PM  

  • No suggestions just praise - looks great!

    By Anonymous tiennie, at 9:24 PM  

  • Wow, that looks wonderful. Great colors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:08 PM  

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