Sweater Question

Howdy all. I'm still working away on the EZ seamless sweater and I found a yoke pattern that I really like. The only problem is that there are several spots where you have to carry the yarn for more that five stitches. EZ says to avoid patterns that carry yarn for more than five stitches. Should I dump the pattern and look for a new one or just go ahead and carry the yarn?



stef's picture

When floating yarn at the back of the work and it's over five stitches, I twist the yarn at the back after about three stitches, this keeps it all in place

grandcarriage's picture

Yep. listen to Stef... And give me a call if you have any questions, but anyone at any Portland LYS will be happy to show you a twist or weave in method.

gardenguy42's picture

Hey Buck! I just cast on for a seamless cardigan that I'm designing as I go, using EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System). I will probably incorporate some color work into my yoke as well, when I get there.

EZ's daughter Meg Swansen has a slightly different rule from Elizabeth's: never carry your wool for more than one inch. The problem EZ had with carrying further than 5 stitches is the risk of the wool getting tangled on ears, nose, jewelry, etc. as the sweater is pulled on and off, distorting the pattern and also with the difficulty in maintaining an even gauge with long floats, again distorting the pattern gauge.

If you wanted to go farther apart than 5 stitches then I would agree with Stef and I would weave it as I went. EZ herself would simply add another stitch into the pattern, which she would call a "snowflake". As Meg would say: "Knitter's Choice!"

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi

When carrying over more than 5 stitches I just catch the spare yarn in after 3 or 4 stitches to keep the floats small, and thus less likely to catch on anything when being worn. Don't abandon this until you've attempted part of the pattern. Do a swatch, and best wishes with it.

Buck Strong's picture

You guys rock! Thanks for the info. I found the process, with pictures, on the web. Looks fairly simple. We will see how it goes.

Thanks again.

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

Britisher's picture

Assume that the never-carry-the-yarn-more-than-5-stitches comes from "Knitting without tears" (my current bedside reading). While this is what EZ says, if I remember correctly, she is (as usual) very clear that you can disregard her advice if you choose to. Especially if the design only goes that occasionally, I'm sure things will be ok.