Wherein we show off a pretty sweater with some really crappy photos.
Sorry for the none-too-great photos, but it’s not likely that I’ll have anything better before the weekend, if even then. You can click them for larger, though they don’t get much better.
Pattern: Fair Isle Yoke Sweater from “Knitting Around” by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Knitted for the SLC SnB EPS knitalong.
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool. Main body of the sweater is in burgundy. The Fair Isle patterning is done with black, white, light gray, and dark gray. I used duplicate stitch to put in a little bit of gold in the first pattern (Cascade 220). I pretty much followed the Fair Isle charts in the book, although I added a couple of rows to chart B, and didn’t work all of chart C. The yarn looks and feels nice, although I suppose it’s probably going to pill easily.
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Size: 36″ (zero ease). I wanted it to be fitted, since I’ll most likely only wear it over sleeveless tops or thin clothing. I normally would knit a pullover with around 2″ of negative ease. This is still loose enough to wear over a thin long-sleeved top.
I did a little bit of waist shaping, and used 2×2 ribbing for the hem and cuffs (about 2.25 inches in both cases). It was knit in the round and then steeked.
I worked 3 sets of short rows across the back, a couple of inches apart. Then I worked 2 more sets right before starting the yoke pattern. For these, I worked them all the way across the back and sleeves, to a few stitches into the front yoke. Then I did another two sets after the colorwork was done. On these last ones, I just did them to the center point of the sides.
I used 7 steek stitches. The first and last stitch I did in purl, my own “unvention”. This worked out great – the purl column not only helped the steek facing to flip back neatly, but it also gave me a great ridge to follow when picking up the stitches for the button band.
I knew that a crochet steek wouldn’t be sufficient to hold the smooth, worsted-weight yarn, but I didn’t know how to deal with the raw cut edge of the steek otherwise, so I did a crocheted steek using a lighter weight wool (Knit Picks Telemark), but then also machine stitched it. After I’d already done the crochet, I saw on Meg Swansen’s “Cardigan Details” DVD how she tucks in the raw edge of the steek and tacks it in place – if I’d seen that first, I might not have bothered with the crochet. But since it was already done, I left it as it was.
I did the crochet first, and the machine stitching afterward, but it might have been better to do it the other way – I ended up sewing over the crochet in a few places. The crochet really makes it easy to see where to snip the threads, and it makes a very neat edge. For the machine stitching, I attached the walking foot I had from when I was quilting – it helped guide the sweater through a little bit easier.
The steek facing folds back very nicely, and after blocking, it lies flat and doesn’t even need to be tacked in place.
For the button band, I picked up a stitch for every 2 out of 3 rows on the front, and every stitch around the neck. I picked up from the wrong side, as suggested by Meg Swansen. I knitted 4 garter stitch rows (not including the pick-up row), and then bound off with a 2-stitch I-cord bind-off – this made a very nice edge. I did one-row buttonholes on the 3rd row. Also on the 3rd row, I decreased heavily along the back neck (K2, K2tog). Note: when I was knitting along the colorwork section, I noticed that I was getting little purl bumps in the colored yarn. Remembering that I saw a tip about this (not sure if it was the “Cardigan Details” or the “Knitting Around” video), I grabbed a crochet hook and reversed the stitches already on the needle to make them knits as they faced me, instead of purls. That eliminated the little purl blip of color that I would have gotten otherwise, and made a nice, clean line.
I really love how this turned out, and I learned a lot! Thanks to Margene for thinking up the EPS KAL.
It is boootiful! It looks great on you, you can really see how the shaping paid off. Where you started the yoke looks just perfect, it makes such a nice round top!
Anne in Calgary
Wow! You look mahvelous! Great job. Thanks for all the details about your mods.
It’s fabulous and fits you so well. You really did a great job and did what you needed to learn good techniques for finishing. The picture of the back is very good. You (we) need some good light for pictures!
It looks wonderful, Cheryl. You did a great job and I hope you’ll wear it often.
It looks great on you! Nice job 🙂
Wow! Your sweater turned out gorgeous. I especially like the duplicate stitches and the fit, not to mention the yoke. I’ll mention the yoke because it really makes the sweater.
Fabulous! She looks wonderful! You’ve inspired me to pull out my EZ books.
It turned out so well and looks great!!
Very pretty! Great job!
Beautiful! You did an awesome job! (If I didn’t know you made it I would swear that it was store bought).
It’s perfect!!! I love the color and it fits great!
Oh, wow, it’s fantastic. And it looks awesome on you.
WOW, Cheryl, it’s beautiful! And it looks so great on you–what a terrific fit!
Lovely. You have made some very nice pieces lately. I think what I like best about your knitting is that every item is really flattering to you – you seem to know what complements YOU. That is a happy skill to have.
It’s really great work, Cheryl. You really took the time to fine tune the details, and it shows.
It is beautiful! You did such an amazing job and it looks fab.
It looks so good!
That’s just gorgeous! I really like the color combination — more along the lines of colors I usually wear, but still interesting and graphic. Nicely done!
Wow, Cheryl, what a beautiful sweater! You are very talented. I hope to knit so well one day:D Thanks for visiting my blog and nice to meet you, too!