Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Equinox Yoke Pullover

I see the light at the end of this sweater finishing tunnel!  When I'm done I'm going to celebrate by giving away a cool prize.  Check back here on Friday for details.

Here is what I've been working on:
First I wove in all of the yarn ends.
Then I could see how badly my color work needed to be blocked.
Ta-da!  Blocking works magic!
I couldn't get the steam setting on my old iron to work.  So I pinned each piece down after gently flattening it out, and misted it with a water bottle.  Even with the "wool" setting, I didn't want to iron it directly so I placed a pillow case over it and just pressed the iron down momentarily one spot at a time.

I fell in love with the picture of this sweater on the cover of the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.  Since casting on for this sweater in 2007, I've taken a Fair Isle knitting class and learned a few things:
(Thanks Betsy and Crystal!) 
1.  Most Fair Isle patterns are written such that they would be knit in the round.
2.  There is an easy method of locking in your yarn ends as you knit through each color change.

Having learned those 2 things, hopefully I can knit more colorful patterns in the future without having to deal with so many yarn ends.  I am now working on seaming the sweater.  If it fits it will all have been worth it.

(Visit Tami's Amis to see some more WIPs!)


  1. Beautiful! The Butterfly Pullover I just finished is my first attempt at intarsia. Easier than I thought.

  2. Wow, that looks gorgeous! Knitting color work flat is really tough, but you did a great job. I like the technique of knitting in the yarn ends as you go, too. It cuts down on that darn finishing time.

  3. It must feel so good to be so close to finishing! It looks amazing and your choice of colors was great! I can't wait to see it 100% done! You need to take a picture of you wearing it!

  4. It's a beautiful sweater, and look how much you've learned working on it!

  5. Good Lord Shannon, you are a knitting queen! I do not know how you do it. Spectacular!

  6. So beautiful, I wish I had the nerve to try colourwork. Maybe one day!

  7. That sweater is just gorgeous! I bet you learned a lot while making it too. Doesn't it feel great to get things finished?

  8. Love your fair isle. Amazing the magic of blocking. Looking forward to seeing your finish.

  9. those colors are lovely. i can't wait to see the finished product :)