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stripes! in front of a tree

I’ve been terrible about keeping this blog updated, my apologies! (Other people with access: please post! And if you don’t have access and want it, comment and let me know!)

What you see above is a photo of my most recent yoked sweater, Stripes!, which I blogged about in detail here. Several people have inquired about whether I would make Stripes! into a pattern, and put it up for sale. I have to admit that I am somewhat hesitant to do this. Not because I don’t want other people to knit it up…I’d actually be quite giddy if tons of people were walking around in stripey yoked sweaters! It’s more that I feel like my sweater is, when it comes down to it, just such a basic yoked sweater that it’s hardly worth pattern-izing. Yes, my basic yoked sweater diverges in a few key ways from the classic EZ one that originally inspired it, and there are some particular techniques that make Stripes! look the way it looks, but it’s still just a basic yoked sweater.

But then I had an idea. What if I worked through the numbers for a few sizes, but then wrote up the pattern as more of a yoked sweater tutorial? A pattern where the whys and hows and which number do I use wheres of knitting a yoked sweater, generally, are worked out in detail, in which the goal is to leave the reader with the ability to construct a yoked sweater of their own, with whatever mods they’d like? I realize this already exists in at least one form: namely, the EZ books I learned from. But would people like to read about it in the context of Stripes!? Because I do so love explaining things and teaching things to people, and since I appear to have become something of a yoked sweater evangelist (which is terribly funny if you know me well!), I think it might be a really great way to introduce people to the construction. What do y’all think? What would be a reasonable price for such a thing? (If it’s “free”, I’ll be honest…I don’t have loads of free time and might not find the time to put into making a nice pattern/tutorial, not because I’m mean and selfish, but because it’s a lot of work!). I’m open to suggestions!

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Happy New Year, everyone! I’m pretty excited about 2009, I have to say. Why’s that?

Because I’ve declared 2009 to be the Year of Yokes!

This year, I’m hoping to knit up all of the yoked sweaters for which I have yarn in my stash. It’s a rather large number (if you’re on Ravelry, you can see my list of such sweaters here). I thought it might be fun to see if anyone else wanted to join me, and so I created this blog as a place for us Yoke Appreciating folks to write about knitting the sweaters we love so much. So whether you’re just thinking of making a yoked sweater, or you’re planning to knit an insane number of them like me, I invite you to join us here! I’ve posted a note about how to request an invitation to blog here, under the “About” tab at the top of the page.

This is my first time moderating a group blog, so you may have to cut me a bit of slack the first few weeks while I figure out what I’m doing. But I do hope you’ll join me here!

Oh, and a note: if any of you have better graphics-creating skills than I have, feel free to make us a better looking header!

Happy Yoke-ing, everyone!