At last, and after a few rip backs, Scottish Sweatrrr has sleeves attached
Long ago, in reading one of Elizabeth's books, I noted that she commented that she preferred a yoke with a shorter colour-work portion. One where the colour work starts about halfway up the yoke from the sleeve/body join. Being short I knew as soon as I read Elizabeth's description, that it was the yoke style for me. The next question was - How to make it happen that way.
Step one of course is to select a colour-work pattern that isn't too deep. Step two is to not start the colour work too soon. Sounds simple heh? I'm afraid I have to tell you that there is math involved.
First I counted the number of rows in my chosen colour work pattern. I have 51. Next I counted my row gauge. By now I have 3/4 of a sweater for a swatch so an accurate row gauge count was easy. My row gauge is 8 rows per inch.
The piece of base information required, of course, is -'How far is it from sleeve join to sweater top?' In my case, that number is 9 inches. I want my overall sweater to be 23 inches long. I knit 14 inches, then joined sleeve to body, leaving 9 inches of knitting to get me to the top of the sweater. At 8 rows per inch and with a pattern containing 51 rows, I have about 6 1/2 inches of colour work. When I subtract that from the 9 inches required, I see that I need to knit about 2 1/2 inches or 20 rows in the main colour before beginning the colour-work pattern. Right now I am at row 8. 12 to go. Colour work on the weekend, I hope.
This sweater is looking so good. Worth it for all the effort! I can't wait to see the colourwork!
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