Seamless Yoke Sweater — Planning

Seamless Yoke Chart

Hello dear knitters — well, it is about time to start planning for the Seamless Yoke Sweater which is on the schedule for March.

The first thing you want to do is identify which variation you would like to do — pullover (shown on page 19 of Knitting Around), the lovely Henley-neck (shown on page 25 of Knitting Around) or the exquisite cardigan (shown in The Opinionated Knitter). I have chosen to knit the cardigan version which means I will be steeking.
Once you have chosen which version of the sweater you will be knitting you can choose the yarn. If you are knitting the pullover version you can choose almost any kind of yarn (provided it gives you the correct gauge) because you will not be steeking.
If however, you would like to knit the henley-neck version or the cardigan version you really should choose a wool – not a superwash. You are going to want something that sticks/felts slightly to prevent unraveling.
There is some debate in the knitting world about using a superwash for a steeked sweater. Eunny Jang has a wonderful series about steeks called “The Steeking Chronicles.” If you have any doubt about what to use and the different kinds of steeks or even how to set up a steek into your knitting pattern hop on over to the Steeking Chronicles and have a read.
I will be hunting for a sport weight wool that is handwash only. We’ll see what I find.
Once you have figured out the version of sweater and what kind of yarn you will be using, plot out the colors you would like to use in the neck pattern. I photo copied the chart from Knitting Around and then, using colored pencils, colored in the chart so that I could see what it would look like.
I’m off to my LYS tomorrow evening to hunt down the yarn… I’ll let you know how it goes!
Happy planning!

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