Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Dark and Stormy sweater

The day after I finished my Saroyan scarf I decided to buckle down and finish my handspun yoke sweater. I had knit on it feverishly in the beginning, racing through the yoke, the body and most of one sleeve in just a couple of days. But then I started to doubt myself, I had a feeling that the sleeve decreases were happening too fast and that I was going to have to take it back and redo the bottom of the sleeve. It would have been an easy fix, and one of the benefits of knitting top down is that you can try your sweater on as you go. But that would have involved me getting up, taking off one sweater, putting on the sweater in progress, marching up the stairs to assess the situation in a full length mirror and making a decision. Instead I opted to put the sweater aside and reach for a another project. When the scarf was done I realized that I couldn't put it off any longer, I tried on the sweater, and it fit perfectly! I didn't need to alter the sleeve, I was right on track. So I buckled down and knit the second sleeve that night. Thank God I did, because this sweater rocks.

Handspun yoke sweater
The sweater was knit from the top down, using EZ's percentage system. It's the exact same way I made my Dipped Infinity Sweater, only I reversed it since that one was knit bottom up. I don't have a preference really, it's nice to be able to try on the work as you go, which the top down method makes possible. The reason I chose to knit this sweater top down is because I wanted to be able to use up every last inch of handspun. Which I did! I did the collar in my Green Label Aran weight yarn in a one of a kind rather dark version of my Stormy colourway, and then I just started knitting with the handspun and didn't stop until I was all out. It worked perfectly!

Handspun yoke sweater

Instead of the standard ribbing at the cuffs and hem I made the same alterations I used on my Dipped Infinity sweater and knit a folded under hem in a bright contrasting colour, a detail that I absolutely LOVE! It's so nice and neat, it lays perfectly flat and makes for a very modern fit, and looks so crisp and beautiful on the inside, all nicely sewn in. On the cuffs I worked 1 row of purl, then 1 row of knit and then bound off. It's enough to keep the hem from curling and adds just a little bit of texture.

Handspun yoke sweater

I made this sweater a little bit looser and relaxed in fit then my Dipped Infinity sweater, which fits comfortably but is very form fitted. It feels very good to have my handspun for such a simple and effective sweater. I love it and know that I'll wear it for years and years. Its the perfect use for a cherished skein of handspun, however,  sweater like this would be just as gorgeous with the yoke knit in a beautiful skein of Kureyon.

10 comments:

  1. gorgeous, gorgeous sweater!! It looks lvoely, and so aweosme that you have your handspun in there. Great job!!

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  2. I dooo love that hat!! What a great color!

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  3. Lovely, colorful sweater, I like it very much :)

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  4. The sweater is beautiful!
    How much handspun did you have? If you wanted to knit the yoke with e.g. Kureyon, would you need one or two balls?
    I really love this sweater!!!

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  5. Ina: I had 144 yds of handspun. For a small sweater you could get a lot of impact out of just one ball of Kureyon, but for a larger size you might need 2.

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  6. Gorgeous sweater. I love the hat. What pattern di you use for the hat.
    Clare

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  7. Hi Clare, Chris made me the hat using my Grammy's hat pattern which you can find for free on the side bar. Thanks!

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  8. Love the sweater! It's beautiful! Knitting a sweater is on my "one day" list, maybe this is the inspiration I need.
    Also like the hat, thanks for pointing me to the link. :)

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  9. Isabelle Racette6 March 2011 12:50

    I realy fall in love with your sweater.wowww...Did you use garnet for the red.I'm not confident to calculate and do it just like you do. Can you give me just some hint about how much stitch you calculate for yourself we have the same size I think......And said tanks to your mother this week she learn how to knit to my dauther Amely...Your Yarn look marvelous I order the cowl kit in red and I'm gone make your sweater to match with it.....

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