Apologies for the photo- it sucks. Alas, daylight time is short around these parts…

Rhinebeck Sweater 2006; handspun colourwork extraordinaire!

Pattern: my own, sorta based on EZ’s yoke sweater

Yarn: My own handspun merino, 3ply; 1 pound (approx. 700 yards) of the main colour and ummm…some of each of the other colours. Not too much of each, less than 50 g each. All contrast colours handdyed by me!

Needles: Denise US7

Finished: the Tuesday before Rhinebeck!

This sweater was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I forgot to ask someone to take a photo of me in it at Rhinebeck! The best photo, I think, of me in the sweater is here, in Mel’s flickr.

I’m planning on writing up a more detailed “recipe”, but here’s basically what I did – swatch, determine gauge of 18 sts/4″, provisionally cast on 160 stitches for a 35″ sweater. Knit the body in the round, adding a couple of increases and decreases for the waist. Knit up the sleeves, also with a provisional cast on, then joined it all together and knit a couple rounds plain with the main colour (I wanted the colourwork to be a bit on the higher side).

Up until that point I didn’t know what I was going to do for the colourwork, so when I got there I had a bit of work with graph paper and pencils to do! I did the first motif, then decreased the number of stitches by 25%, did the second motif (the red/yellow zigzag), decreased by 33%, then did some stripes and such and decreased again by 33%. I also incorporated short rows to raise the back neck. Then I went back to the cast-on edges and did the ribbing – I’d cast on provisionally because I wasn’t sure how long the main colour was going to last.

When the sweater hit water though…it grew a lot in length. I was a bit freaked out. In a bit of panic the night before the trip, I…put the sweater in the dryer. Just for a bit, about 20 minutes total. You can feel how the yoke and contrast edges firmed up, but they’re not crazy felted or anything. And the length is perfect!

All in all, a beautiful sweater experience. Yay!

On my knitting plate (which is overflowing):

I have succumbed.

25 Responses to “rhinebeck, the sweater”

  1. jody

    it looked great (wish i saw you on Saturday so I could have seen it in person!). very impressed on how quickly you knit it up too.

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  2. Jenna

    Is that handspun you’re using for the log cabin?! The Rhinebeck sweater is great, even more wonderful in person :)

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  3. Valerie

    that swater is absolutely gorgeous on you. Or maybe its the wearer? teehee.
    Seriously, I had to delurk to tell you that it’s faboo and you’re my hero.

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  4. Kirsten

    LOL, I know the feeling about the Log Cabin thing. It’s just too tempting!
    Your sweater is glorious. I’m sorry I missed seeing it at Rhinebeck.

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  5. Adrian

    The sweater is seriously gorgeous. I especially love the little pointed teeth edging the yoke.

    I wish I’d taken your photo at Rhinebeck. You look smashing in it! It’s a great fit (thank goodness for the dryer!).

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  6. gleek

    wow, your sweater is just gorgeous! i love how it was your design and your yarn, too. makes it even more special!

    is that also your yarn in the log cabin blanket? i love the colors and texture!

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  7. Lori

    Gorgeous! And it fits you well! Great job! It’s great to knit something that was spun and dyed all yourself and then to use your own pattern. You can truly say it’s one of a kind!

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  8. Julia

    I love that sweater! It looks wonderful on you, and the colors in person are fantastic! Very very nice job!

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  9. Carin

    The sweater is beautiful. Good job with the colors. It’s so amazing that it’s made out of your own handspun. You’re so good. And it looks great on you!

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  10. Susie

    The sweater totally takes my breath away. I’ve spun for myself for smaller items (socks, hats, mittens and such) but the idea of keeping my spinning consistent for 700+ plied yards overwhelms me. You’re masterful.

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  11. Robin

    Your Rhinebeck sweater is really gorgeous! Glad it all worked out to your liking and you could show it off a bit.

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  12. Connie

    The sweater is very pretty. I’ve always wanted to knit a yoke fairisle sweater. And to have spun the yarn yourself? Wow. The only other thing you could have done was raise the sheep! :)

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  13. Lauren

    I’m doing a nice little logcabin pillow right now & it’s very relaxing.

    Also, I noticed your bag & rhinebeck sweater out of the corner of my eye at the festival. And thought, “where do I know that sweater?” And then thought, “oh! I read her blog!” Which I think it must be nice to be recognized for your work than any other form of celebrity out there. Gorgeous stuff, as always!

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  14. Crystal

    Wow, that sweater is fantastic! And the yarn looks so even and the colors are gorgeous. And it looks great on you (but everything you knit does). Congrats… you should wear that with pride!

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  15. Cassie

    I have no idea how I missed seeing you wear that over the weekend, but its absolutely stunning! And handspun no less. I think you’re my hero. ;-)

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