Zimmermania

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Peacefleece Tunic OTN




The story of getting as far as this cuff is too long to share here. Please visit my blog with a cup of tea for all the sordid details...

but here is a Zimmermaniacal tunic, otn in lovely Peacefleece. Bigger gauge than I generally like -- size 10 needles -- so it'll be a chunky monkey, and will go quickly. Here's what I'm wondering. I kind of imagine eating up the shoulder stitches with raglan at the top until it's time to do the final inch or two of patterning yolk. Good idea? Bad idea? Anybody tried this? Want to have a fairly open stand-up collar at the top, will add hems in one of the colors to the neck, cuffs, and bottom of the sweater. Please offer any and all advice/crit. It's not too late to change course...

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  • ZigZag Stitch did something very similar recently - a couple inches of raglan decreases then finishing with regular circular yoke shaping. Here's the link to her sweater-
    http://zigzagstitch.wordpress.com/tag/my-first-sweater/

    Hope that helps!

    By Blogger Peggy, at 8:17 AM  

  • i think vibeke lind: knitting in the nordic tradition offers a lot of inspiration and advice for a sweater like this. i cannot recommend this book enough. had it for 30 years but i only became a gem quite recently.

    By Blogger knititch, at 8:28 AM  

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    By Blogger knititch, at 8:28 AM  

  • Peggy! That's exactly what I needed. Her sweater is far more challenging than mine will be, but I have the PGR book, Knitting in the Old Way, she used to do the combined raglan/yolk for her spectacular sweater. Thank you so much!

    Knititch, Vibeke Lind! A new person to love. I've got the book on my wish list... and a birthday coming up... and if you love this book, that's good enough for me.

    By Blogger knittingjuju, at 10:35 AM  

  • good idea, but do have some idea of how you will work in the extra short rows to raise the back neck. That is where in the colourwork will they be able to be placed? I knit a colourwork raglan for my daughter (called pink merino on my blog)- and solved that problem by making the top plain, no colourwork. I started the plain section a few cm's before the lowest part of the front neck, and then short row'd around raising the back neck. all in plain. Makes it easy to tell front from back as well. Nice colour way you have chosen.

    By Blogger Stell, at 12:53 PM  

  • Thanks, Stell. Yes, the sweater Peggy pointed out, knited by ZigZag Stitch refers to instructions in Knitting the Old Way, which has the short rows worked not very far above the first raglan decreases and before the colorwork yolk begins. It has the same effect of raising the back neck. Pretty clever!

    By Blogger knittingjuju, at 2:19 PM  

  • btw: the method zigzag suggests sounds pretty much to me like the suggestions that elizabeth, herself, has for adding a few inches. you can read about it in the opinionated knitter (fair isle yoke)

    By Blogger knititch, at 7:38 AM  

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