OR, I finally finished the Killing Sweater!
This took awhile. I puttered around with the sweater since the 1st of the year. Finished it last week but haven't washed and blocked it yet. The color of mine is not red but more of a fuchsia - or blue/red.
I used Valley Yarns (Webs) Northhampton yarn. At $5.95 a ball with a 247 yard put up, it took 3 1/2 balls of yarn. I knitted a medium sweater but with this pattern, it is really a small. I have laid it down to photograph it. Hopefully, I can get someone to take a picture of it on me this weekend. Not that I am a great model but it does look pretty good on.
The construction was new to me. The bottom is knit in the round, up to the armholes, then set aside. Fortunately, I have Knit Picks Options and lots of cords with ends. I left the bottom on the cords with stoppers KP furnishes. Then the sleeves are knit and set aside. After the sleeves are both done, the three pieces are gathered together with the beginnings of the yoke and all 4 pieces are knit together on up through the neck ribbing. This was interesting - for the design is knitted as you go. It is one of those, count and recount before you start type of knits. The only sewing is under the arms and that is were I ran into trouble.
There were no directions to know that one was is supposed to Kitchener the underarms. If that is the usual way of handling this type of knit, another bind off should be done rather than the usual one usually knit two, slip 1 stitch off etc. That normally leaves a sort of stretch of knit stitches on the top edge and that is not what a person needs. Rather leave the stitches all threaded on waste yarn or on a small KP cord to Kitchener. I ran into bulky problems and didn't think to undo the cast off and place the the stitches on waste yarn.
This type of yoked sweater is no doubt old news to most of you. It was new to me. ALA the Danish way. I believe the yoke will smooth out when this is blocked. I am quite pleased with the more form fitting sweater.
I am embarking on another pattern with the same construction - this one will use some lovely old Donegal Tweed that is at least 15 years old. It is a Tahki free pattern. I have to pick up a couple of different balls of tweed for the yoke. I like the raglan sleeves. If I were better at top down knitting, I would give that a try for the yokes are the most fun.