Slow Baby Yoke Progress

You know what this means, don’t you?  It means I have had a small hiccup in my knitting of the Dale of Norway Baby Yoke sweater.  After I finished both arms I realized that the body of the sweater was too short – like two inches too short!  I don’t know how I managed to be so off in measurement.  Rippit, rippit – it’s to the frog pond the ribbing goes.

Next up will be to seam the underarm openings.  I read about this opening in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears book.  She uses this same method with her yoke sweaters so I was pleased to see it in the Dale of Norway pattern directions.  For the most part, I do not like how Dale writes their patterns.  They assume you have a wealth of sweater knitting knowledge which I do not have at this point.  I’ve come a long way though but have further yet to go!

I will be taking some pictures of how I tackle this underarm hole.  There are some excellent instructions in my Jacqueline Fee Sweater Workshop book that I am anxious to try out………soon, soon..

11 Comments on “Slow Baby Yoke Progress

  1. Sorry you had to rip the yoke but it is going to be soooo pretty! I don’t know EZ’s seaming method but I just mattressed stitch my CPH sides.

  2. Having just finished an EZ yoked sweater with the same kind of woven underarms, I can tell you that the toughest part is at the “corners” of the opening. No matter what you do, there will be a small hole there because in essense you have three sections of fabric meeting there, forming a sort of triangle around that end of the seam. I found that what worked best for me was to weave in the end all around that hole to cinch it up. You can’t tell from the outside at all, and the inside becomes really well reinforced.

  3. OH NO! Drats….

    I think knitting is so prevalent in Norway, they think they can leave out a great many details…either that or they do so enabling the translation to be less lengthy. Whichever, I somewhat agree with your opinion of Dale patterns.

    I remember that opening in a few sweaters that I have made, but I think mine were always live stitches, and I kitchenered them at this point. If memory serves…so I can be of no help to you whatsoever.

    Stay in there…you are going to make it!! And then you will be so happy and proud!!

  4. That will be such a sweet sweater when you are done. My TYC needs the underarms grafted, but I feel like lace today. Besides, I need to go buy buttons (and knit the button bands), so I would not be finished with the sweater today, anyway.

  5. I was lucky enough to take a class taught by a staff person at Dale. They DO assume a lot about knitters!

  6. It’s so pretty — I hate to see the frogging but at least the sweater isn’t for a Large Person . What’s next?

  7. Sorry you had to frog the ribbing. The sweater looks beautiful though, I love the colors you chose. Can’t wait to see it finished.

    The only way I can think of to close the underarm openings when the stitches are bound off is with mattress stitch. You will have a seam there, though.

  8. Sorry to hear about the frogging. Jacqueline Fee’s book is great & I do remember something in there about seaming the sleeves.

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