yokestravaganza!

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I currently have 3 different yoked sweaters in the works…well, two in the works and one still in yarn form, but definitely next up in the queue!

Let’s start with the one that’s furthest along…my Tensho sweater! I’m about halfway through the yoke chart now, and I love the way it looks in the combination of dark and light blues that I’m using!

Tensho progress!

The yoke chart seems like it’s going to be a bit on the “tall” side for me, so I might need to alter it a bit…or perhaps this will be a sweater that I choose to do an i-cord collar on rather than a ribbed one. We’ll see!

The other yoke-in-progress is yet another babyStripes! (I swear I’ll write this pattern up someday!)

babyStripes! (in cotton + silk)

This one is a bit different from all of the others I’ve knit, though, because there is no wool content. You see, this baby’s mama, a dear friend of mine, is allergic to wool, and I really want her to be able to snuggle her baby. I had zero non-wool yarn in my stash, so I had to go shopping for good substitutes:

Non-wool yarn for babyStripes!

I got a couple of skeins of Blue Sky organic cotton in “Bone”, and a skein of Cascade Tangier, a silk/cotton/rayon blend, that came closest in color range to the bright rainbow colors of Knitpicks Chroma that I usually use for these sweaters.

Yoke closeup

As ever, I’m madly in love the the corrugated rib, the vikkel braid, and the garter ridges that I put in the yoke. It looks really nice in these yarns, too…but my hands really aren’t loving knitting with non-wool! I’ll stick it out for my friend, but I’m eager to get back to my bouncy wools afterward!

Speaking of which, I used my most recent payout from my BT Wool People pattern to get another batch of yarn, this time in *colors* I don’t have in my stash rather than fibers. It’s actually one of my very, very favorite yarns…Beaverslide Dry Goods Worsted!

Future Octopus Yoke cardigan

As you might guess from the colors, this is for a sweater for my daughter, the lover of all things red and pink. Remember when I knit her this sweater? Well, she very nicely requested another one just like it, except red and pink, and a cardigan…and I think it’ll be a nice excuse to work on the pattern a bit. I’m hoping to finish the sweater in time for Winter Solstice, but that might be overly optimistic. We’ll see!

As for the pattern…gosh, I realized the other day that I haven’t actually published a pattern since M was born, despite having developed several new designs in that time, and also having had a backlog of things I could write up dating back to before M was born. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my feet back under me as a designer, but I’d like to try. Maybe if I plan ahead a little better, that can be a goal for Summer 2019?

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