Those are just a few of the little swatches I’ve made this past week. All in all I think I’ve made about 10.
I’ll confess that yesterday in a moment of weakness I even considered making it a bottom-up sweater. I know this wouldn’t be an issue if I had to make decreases every row. But in the end I really wanted this to be a top-down pattern. I like having all those opportunities for tweaking the fit, and I’m sure you all would too.
I’m really surprised by how much time this has taken though. I’ve consulted several books — Knitting Without Tears, Knitting from the Top, Vogue Knitting, and the Knitter’s Handbook, as well as several web sites. I even downloaded the trial version of Sweater Wizard to see if it could help. And get this — it wouldn’t let me put in the measurements I wanted. Well, I’ve knit this yoke once already — I know the measurements work! I just needed a little increase help.
All this fuss in the name of an increase that would work well on every row, without making holes or a pucker in the fabric.
And then, I finally got it right last night. Wanna see?
I know. Doesn’t look like much. But to me, it’s magical.
I can’t wait to see this yoke all knitted up. I’m still a bit worried that it won’t work so it will feel really good when it’s done and looks good and fits. Plus, I keep telling myself that once I get the yoke done it’s smooth sailing — a little short rowing and then some hourglass shaping. Sounds simple right?