Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Something to Blog About

In avoiding the Pit Of Despair (and lack of blog-fodder) that is the pseudo-Prairie Blanket, I have managed to weave in the last of those ends:

Dulaan 2007, Item #8.

I am going to keep the mismatched ribbing -- don't think it looks all that bad, and I'm really anxious to move on to other things.

Here's a closer shot of the yoke pattern:

This was done free-style, sort of like knitted doodling. (Very fun.)

As for the rest of the "pattern," I think it went quite well. I have a few nits, but these are problems I have with my own choices (don't think the 2x2 ribbing at the neck quite works) more than with Zimmerman's directions.

I do think that if I did another yoke-type sweater, I would try distributing the yoke decreases a little more evenly. Zimmerman suggests three rows of relatively dramatic decreases. Instead, I would decrease fewer stitches over more rows. As it is, when laid flat, I have some puckering in the yoke. I suppose this might be necessary to a good fit, but I think it more likely that it might be reduced somewhat (without harm) by a different pattern of decreases. I just can't tell whether it is a feature or a bug. (I lack a person of appropriate size to test this.)

When I joined the underarms, I did get loose areas (we won't call them holes) at either side of each underarm. I solved this by reinforcing a little with the darning needle. There might have been a better way to deal with it, but I think it looks fine:

Finally, Zimmerman's false seams are just brilliant. They do help immensely with the blocking. And, although I was a bit worried that they would look awkward, it turns out that they are hardly noticable:

(There's one going straight through the photo -- I know it's there, and I still have a hard time seeing it.)

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Blogger Angela said...

Awsome, awsome, awsome!
Can't believe how wonderful this looks. Is this from "Knitting Without Tears?" I have that book. Would love to knit it in baby size. I really look forward to new posts on your blog because I know I am going to see some lovely knitting!


3:44 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Forgot to mention...I love the neckline just as it is. I also think you are right about the decreases in the yoke are. A tad less drastic seems better.


3:45 PM  
Blogger Anonyknits said...

Yep, the basic proportions and techniques are all from "Knitting Without Tears." Not certain that this book would get you all the way to a baby sized version, though -- babies have different proportions than the rest of us. Also, might be a bit difficult to dress a baby in this one without additional adjustments -- e.g., maybe a placket on the back. But I'm sure you could do it.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I love that you made up the design. One of my next sweaters will have a fair isle yoke and yours is simply inspirational!

4:37 PM  

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