Tweed on Ice

It’s an icy morning — a good time to knit!  This is going to become a cabled yoke sweater.  It’s not an original design this time.   First time for a yoke sweater, so I picked a pattern that I’ve always liked.  It’s from Ann Budd’s book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I couldn’t find a posted picture of the sweater so you’ll have to wait until I’m finished!

The book isn’t really a pattern book; it provides tables so that you can estimate yarn purchases and plan different kinds of sweaters after getting gauge.  But it DOES have examples of each type of sweater and there is an explicit “copycat” pattern spelled out for each of these!

I never end up copycatting completely, ha ha!  In this case, I cast on with fewer stitches for the sleeves.  Let’s see what happens with the rest of the sweater …

As you can see in this picture, I’m using two circular needles instead of DPNs for the sleeves.  I prefer DPNs over two circs because the extra dangling needles can be annoying — if not to me, then to the cat on my lap.  But I also prefer metal needles over bamboo because the tips are sharp.  I went with sharp tips this time, let the cat be cranky!

If you use this method of circular knitting and you have modular needles, did you know you only need one pair of needles in the desired size?  I don’t remember where I learned that (maybe Cat Bordhi?) but it really give flexibility when choosing your method.  The trick is to put one needle of the desired size on each circular cable.  The other needle can be a size smaller.  When you’re knitting, set it up so that the bigger needle is in the right hand (you wrap the yarn around it, which defines the gauge) and the smaller needle is in the left hand (it holds already-knit stitches, so doesn’t affect gauge).  A bonus is that the stitches slide onto the smaller needle more easily too!

I was SOOO busy over the last year or so, but I think life is settling down now.  I hope to post more often and to catch up on other blogs too …

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