March Sweater: Beaverslide/Handspun seamless yoke mess

Pattern: Improvised. Started as an EZ seamless yoke backwards (top-down). But it was way too bunchy. Afterwards, I unravelled it from the collar down to the pits and reknit with more even shaping–basically decreased every 9th stitch every 4 rows, then did a couple rows of short-row shaping in the back under the collar to raise the back collar up a bit.

Yarn: Beaverslide Fisherman in Bison, about 2 1/2 skeins, plus 3 or 3 ounces of handspun from one of my first yarns.

What I learned: unravelling backwards with increases SUCKS and I will not do it again. If I could do it again, I’d snip across a row and unravel in the correct direction. Unraveling increases backwards means you have to unknot every increase stitch instead of just zipping along in the usual way. Nightmare. I think the problem was that they were M1 instead of kfbl. I’ve unraveled those backwards & don’t remember this level of misery.

Also, the EZ seamless yoke does not suit me. I don’t know if it’s my lack of breasts, or if I have weird shoulders or what. But yuck. I don’t get why it looks so cute on other people. I think maybe busty real estate re-arranges the fabric to eliminate the bunches.

Here’s the original bunchy yoke:

And here’s the new one:

In other news, I’m trying to get the Home Ec room (aka my craft room) sorted out and it’s a nightmare. But I’ve been devouring old episodes of podcast on my little ipod boom box, which makes it all a bit more pleasant. In fact, I’m going to get back to work rignt now!

  • domesticshorthair says:

    Nicely done and I like the yarn with blue flecks in it.

  • Macoco says:

    The new yoke makes it look like a completely different sweater – it fits very nicely!

  • Evonne says:

    I tried the EZ yoke thingy too and got some weird bunches, so it’s not you! They seemed to go away after I blocked.

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