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The fashion forecast is grey

yoke cardigan

I’ve been working on a nice, basic grey cardigan for the past while. I started it in the summer on one of our vacations and it’s a good mindless travel/t.v. knit. The exciting part is soon to come though. It has a delicate horizontal cable running around the yoke. It is a Eunny Jang design called Tangled Yoke Cardigan and can be found in the Interweave Knits Fall 2007 issue.

When I consider other people’s designs to knit for myself, I assess them for interesting technique or a construction from which I can learn. This fits the bill on both counts. I’ve never knit a yoked sweater before. I realise there’s no great mystery as to how they’re constructed but I want to experience it first hand so I can add it to my arsenal. As for interesting technique–I’m intrigued with the horizontal running cable. I have just another inch or two and then it will be time to tackle that cable.

I also assess my knitting projects for wearability. I’ve made too many bad selections and ended up with sweaters that I just don’t wear. This time I’m sure I’ve hit the nail on the head. I love wearing layers that I can take off or put on as I get too hot and cold. The neutral grey will go with so much in my wardrobe, yet the tweedy yarn adds some interest both while knitting it and later when I wear it.

grey cardigan

Gauge caused me some problems. When I worked the garter rib pattern my stitch gauge loosened up tremendously. I had to go down several needle sizes in order to get gauge. However, now my row gauge is way off.  I’m having to knit many, many more rows than the original design so I’m a little worried about running out of yarn. When I was swatching I used a whole ball, so I’m definitely going to have to reclaim that yarn.