Seamless Sweater Almost Done

Buck Strong's picture

So, the sweater is almost done; however, I'm still confused about a few things and I am hoping for some advice. In EZ's "Knitting Workshop", she has the yoke as being 25% of the circumference stitches and, after three strategically placed decreases, you end up with 40% of the circumference stitches. After doing the math, my yoke should be approximately 50 stitches deep. But wait! In her "Knitting Without Tears", she says that your last decrease should take place when the yoke is about ten inches deep. I'm about three inches shy of that. Also, that seems really deep. Which path should I take?
Lastly, what is a good length for the ribbing at the neck?
Thanks all!

ronhuber's picture

You are confusing the 25% of circimference. She is referring to inches and not stitches. For example, if your sweater is 40 inches around you would make your yoke (25 % of 40) 10 inches deep. If it is 44 inches around you would make your yoke (25% of 44) 11 inches deep. 11 inches is probably about as far as you would go because a yoke deeper than this would be too long. Whatever depth you have divide it into fourths, again in inches. So if you had a l0" yoke you would divide it into fourths thusly: 2.5 inches, 5 inches, 7.5 inches, and 10 inches (the neck). According to EZ, at 2/4 *k1, k2tog, repeat from *. At 3/4, *k1, k2tog, repeat from *. At 4/4 (you are at the neck) *k1, k2tog, repeat from *. You should now have more or less 40% of "k" stitches. I usually make sure I have a number divisable by 4 and do a rib of k2, p2 for about 1" to 1.25". At this point you can bind off or do what I do which is as follows. Purl one row and then do a rib of k2, p2 but K where you purled and purl where you knitted so when it folds over it fits flat together. When it is the same length bind off in rib and stitch down or take off the needle and stitch down. Ez"s daughter Meg, decreases the yoke slightly differently. She uses the same calculation for depth but does 4 instead of 3 decreases. At 1/4 *k3, k2tog, repeat from *. At 2/4 *k2, k2tog, repeat from *. At 3/4 *k2 k2tog, repeat from *. At 4/4 *k1, k2tog, repeat from *. I prefer the latter as it seems to fit better. You will notice in "Knitting Without Tears" that EZ uses even a different decrease than the one in "Knitting Workshop" also done in 3 steps. At 2/4 k2, k2tog. At 3/4 k1, k2tog. At 4/4 k1, k2tog, k2tog. Whichever one you use you will end up with 40% of k stitches. Hope this is clearer than mud.

Buck Strong's picture

Ron: Thanks for the clarification (Buck speaks through tears as he realizes that he will need to rip out a good chunk of the yoke). I think I'll go for the reduction in fourths; even numbers always make for easy math problems.
Okay, back to the drawing board.

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