I’m currently taking part in the ITAG KAL by Suzanne Bryan (my favourite ‘YouTuber’ ever because her videos have helped my knitting tremendously) on Ravelry, an almost first as I’ve only ever done one, which I did take my time with as is usual with me. It is of a different kind because it’s a knit-your-own-pattern yoke KAL, where everyone knits whatever yoke design they choose, based on body measurements and gauge swatches, and I mean SWAAATCHES.
This absolutely interested me when she first announced it as I realised very early on in my knitting life that I have to modify patterns to suit my body shape, and also because of all the technical stuff I expected to learn.
I chose to knit a Henley style yoke for my son using the two-colour garter tuck stitch from The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook by Melissa Leapman. The sample above is knitted on equal number of stitches all through, but a yoke needs increases, and incorporating the stitch such that it looks pleasing to the eye was no small fête, so I had to modify it to make it work, and there was lots of ripping back before I finally finished the yoke (kudos to all designers out there).
The picture below shows a close-up of the stitch pattern, and opening for the button band. You can see my Ravelry page for details.
The yarn is my two-year old Adriafil Regina (100% Superwash Merino) in Light Grey Melange – 82 and Blue – 22; 👍 for stash busting. The former is a really lovely mix of mostly grey, and teeny amounts of white and possibly dark grey/black, and I don’t even like grey 🙂. It’s lovely to knit with, doesn’t feel lifeless like some treated wool can be, and the fabric I’m getting still has some elasticity to it.
Back to the KAL, the great thing about it is there is a lot of support through her weekly live-streams where she answers questions, gives tips and we all chat about our projects. It’s open to everyone whether or not you’re taking part in the KAL, and there’s also a Ravelry group, Knitting with Suzanne Bryan where the chat continues, and we can ask questions/share knowledge about our various projects.
Now that I’ve finished the yoke, it should be plain sailing from now on, 🤞. By the way, in case you’ve been wondering, ITAG stands for It Takes a Guild.
Enjoy the rest of your week.