It’s been very hectic at work these past weeks, so much that I’ve had time for very little in the evenings except to eat and sleep. I’ve gone from almost always knitting during my commute to not even getting a seat on the train, not to talk of knitting. I must confess though that I’ve knitted while standing on a few occasions during my commute 😉.
Anyway, I found time here and there to do some knitting, and finished my son’s ITAG yoke jumper. There’ll be more about that on a finished object post. The subject matter of today is my current WIP, which is my youngest’s yoke jumper I cast on while still knitting on his older brother’. It’s unheard of in my household for one to get something and the other not to. Even birthday gifts are bought in twos even though they are not born in the same month. Well…
For this version, I decided to use Kate Davies’ Ásta Sóllilja (above) yoke pattern from her book Yokes, a pattern I’ve been wanting to knit for myself since I got the book. As with my first ITAG Yoke, I started from his body measurements, worked top-down, and tried to incorporate the pattern while still working with my own increases. That of course, didn’t quite work out. So I ended up modifying the chart without comprising the overall look too much I think. I also had to modify my increases where it appeared the finished garment was deviating too much. You will find details of how I constructed my version on my Ravelry page.
My thinking that working with my own measurements while using someone else’s motif will make it easier didn’t turn out true. My first ITAG yoke went more smoothly while this was like mending an already sewn garment which most times takes way more time than starting from scratch.
I used Drops Karisma in colours closely matching those in the pattern, and I do like the overall look. This yarn will be one of my go-to for my sons’ knitwear henceforth because it’s very affordable, available in a wide variety of colours, and looks like it’ll wear well.
On another note, I finally unpacked my sewing machine and overlocker 😃, and hope to be able to do some sewing in the coming weeks. Since I started knitting, I’ve refrained from knitting in Summer, but I’ve persisted so far this year mainly because I’ve been unable to set up my sewing space. Now I can do some sewing.
Summer is certainly not my favourite time of the year for knitting.