In striving this year to use up stash and knit sweaters long in my queue, next up after Glenora, is this beauty.
Need A Circular Yoke? book, (in my knitting library for only one year) and knit with Cascadde 220 ( in my stash for only ten months) it has been, so far, a really fun knit.
With the NACY? book, knitters have options. Choose a neckline style from the several given. Then choose a style for the transition rounds (increase rounds) followed by the choice for which and how many decorative panels to include. Then comes the bust darts
My neckline, The Mandarin, I chose simply because it was new to me.
Next I chose the Ridged Transition style for the increase rounds as it most closely matched my Mandarin Neckline, I thought.
For the decorative bits, I chose only one panel. I wasn't so much looking for the traditional yoke appearance for this knit but I did want both the dark and light colours in my sweater. My decorative round is worked in a textured pattern of knits and purls and done in the creamy off-white.
All of the above were choices I made. No pattern dictated to me what had to be done. Instead I chose what pleased me most. Sure, it required more reading of the instructions but in the end a much more satisfactory result for a knitter like me.
After a week or so of knitting, I am starting the below-the-waist increases for hip room. Then on to sleeves. Not only fun, but quick too.