My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


All Together Now

I have made some great progress on my Newsom cardi due to a couple of marathon knitting sessions this week. I have started the yoke, where you add the sleeves onto the needle and then knit up from there, decreasing to make the raglan “seams.”

That’s a raglan seam — here is the whole thing on the needles:

All is going well, but there’s a mode that I wish I had made. It didn’t occur to me until it was too late.

So, you knit the body until you reach the armhole. You knit each sleeve separately from cuff to top, and leave the live stitches on a holder. Then you incorporate the sleeves with the body and start knitting the whole yoke in the round.

What I wish I had done was to work the last few rounds of each sleeve back and forth instead of in the round, so that the top couple of inches of the sleeve had an open seam on the underside instead of being a continuous tube. When I incorporated the live sleeve stitches into the body of the sweater, I discovered how tight and unwieldy the sleeves were to knit across. It was very difficult to work the first couple of inches of the yoke because the beginning and end of the sleeve stitches are so close together because there is no “give” in the sleeve. I would have been able to spread the stitches out more if I had worked the top couple of inches of the sleeve back and forth. The way it was, you really need to magic loop to give yourself enough room to knit, but the longest circular needle I have in the right size is not long enough to magic loop with that many stitches on the needle.

I’m now past the point where this is a problem, but it made for some very uncomfortable knitting, and I consider it a design flaw. I went back and read some of the notes marked “helpful” for this project in Ravelry and noted that one knitter said she almost threw the project away in frustration when she got to this point. I feel for her!

But as I said, I am past that point, so all is well now.The more I knit, the shorter the rows get, so that’s a good thing. I am planning to pick up and knit a bottom band on the sweater after I finish the body because I think the bottom edge has a bit of an unfinished look.

Loki has his plan for the rest of the day:


  1. I have had that same situation occur with other patterns of the “raglan” type. It is most annoying and your solution is a good one. I concur with wanting to throw it against a wall but good for you for persevering. I am sure it will be worth it in the end but boy it makes for frustrating knitting…and it is supposed to be zen…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  2. I am going to keep that in mind when attaching sleeves, great tip.

    Loki seems to have the right idea…

  3. I have had the same experience when knitting my 2 Lopi pullovers, but it sounds worse in your case. Maybe the Lopi yarn has more give. I love the look of your raglan seam. I wonder if Loki follows you around and will just plop down anywhere near you, my Sadiecat does that 🙂

  4. I just finished a yoke sweater and these instructions had you bind off four stitches on each side of sleeve and corresponding on the body. It helped when it came time to knit it altogether.

  5. Sharen Warren says:

    It is interesting that this pattern has a top-down version. Perhaps that version would not have that flaw. A question – your yarn is tonal so are you alternating skeins every two rows? I haven’t knit a sweater in a tonal yarn for that reason. In any case, your.sweater is going to be lovely and very wearable!

  6. Sharen Warren says:

    p.s. Your sweater doesn’t seem to have any “pooling” of color, just an attractive stria effect.

  7. I was also going to mention the top down version and wondered if it would have been an easier knit around the arm holes. Only one way to find out I guess 🙂