Sweater Knitting: Somebody Tell a Yoke
Meg Swansen is every bit as beautiful and gracious in person as you might imagine, with a little twinkle for every knitter. She and the lovely Amy Detjen signed their new book at the Sow’s Ear on Saturday afternoon; it was so nice of Amy to introduce us.
Debi generously invited me to join the Sow’s Ear crew, Amy and Meg at Quivey’s Grove for dinner after the event; local specialties in a stone farmhouse-turned-restaurant. Poor Meg had to leave because she wasn’t feeling well, but the Sow’s Ear ladies, including Webmistress Cindy, Heather, Debi, Deb, Liz, Pat and Jeanne-Marie have no trouble keeping things lively.Talk of yarn, knitted ski masks and Knitting Camp turned to techniques, and Amy, in Teacher Mode, rattled off 11 different sweater yoke methods. We all wanted to try, so we agreed that we’d each knit a sweater with a yoke this summer. I’m really excited about this project, and have been combing Ravelry for my Yoke-Along sweater.
Of course, there’s this knitting book deadline, so it’s maybe a tad unreasonable to take on a sweater right now, but why let logic take over my knitting? Passions are wild. Plus, sleep is overrated. And I really want to try a yoke.
My yoke-knitting parameters:
1) Can’t be on anything less than a Size 5 needle, or I’ll never finish.
2) Must be yarn available at the Sow’s Ear.
3) This was a bit of a wrench, because there are so many great cardigan patterns out there, but I know that I’ll do better if I can just knit my way around a pullover.
4) I love colorwork, but have to make sure that the colorwork or yoke section is big enough to look flattering on someone as tall and big as me. ETA: Amy says a small yoke looks like a necklace, so I’m rethinking that one.
Yokes to Remember
The one that started it all: drooled over this at Meg’s display at the Sow’s Ear
Yoke Chart Pullover-WG79 by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen
Equinox Yoke Pullover, by Michele Rose Orne
The Linnea Pullover, by Wisconsin LYS owner Kathryn Ashley Wright
Circles Yoke Sweater, by WEBS
Stripes! by Whitney Gegg-Harrison (I would just do the stripes on the yoke section).
Sky Isle Cardigan, by Candace Joggerst (following the mods to make it a pullover)
Boreal, by Kate Davies
Olive Blouse, by Helga Isager
Based on Amy’s comment below, I’m going to add
Neiman, by Weaverknits
Icelandic Sweater, by Elizabeth Zimmermann
and Freyja by Courtney Kelly and maybe think twice about Boreal and Sky Isle…
And maybe the top contender right now: Adelaide Yoke Pullover, by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Too small for my self-imposed needle success rule, but so pretty maybe I should try anyway:
Cottage Garden, by Cheryl Burke
Please let me know which of these to pick! And, please also let me know if you’re interested in an online yoke-along. Maybe we’ll be able to convince Amy to pop in and answer questions sometimes….