Saturday, March 28, 2009
I'm having such fun with this pattern, the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I've been a fan of Eunny Jang's since I first discovered her blog, See Eunny Knit, still accessible although she hasn't added to it since she took on the editor's role at Interweave Knits. I was astonished at the quality of writing, at the creativity, at the thoughtfulness, and at the erudition of this very young auto-didact (I remember reading one post which revealed that she was then about 22, and had eschewed university in favour of getting out in the work world on her own). She is revered among knitters for the clean, contemporary lines of her garments, the way they update traditional techniques such as Fair Isle and cables and argyles. As well, she is known for giving brilliantly clear tutorials -- I have yet to take on a project with steeking, but when I do, I'm pleased to know that Eunny's tutorials are preserved for easy access on her old blog.
What tickles me inordinately in this pattern is the way the cables snake around the yoke giving the illusion of stocking stitch running horizontally over the fabric beneath. In fact, two stitches at a time are coaxed sideways and up to meet other pairs doing the same from another direction, crossing over and under each other to form sinuous loops working their way across the upper chest, over the shoulders and 'round the back. Brilliant! These 18 rows, with between 250-300 stitches per row, are complicated, but I would knit this sweater again almost immediately, it's been so satisfying.
I have another 8 rows of cabling, then another few centimetres of plain stocking stitch on the yoke before I start on the short-row shaping, which will be a first for me -- that's fun as well, after 50 years of knitting, to be learning something new. From what I've heard/read, this shouldn't be too complicated, although I'd like to avoid gaping holes (!) -- I'll see what I can figure out on my own, and if I can't grasp it after a few tries, I'll stop in to my LYS and get someone to show me how to finesse this new technique. After that, it's just the buttonband, grafting the underarms, and voilà, a new wool sweater, just in time to pop in storage because the sun, as you can see above, seems to be coming back into my life. If it takes finishing a wool sweater for that to happen, I won't complain!