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Templeton’s H&O S136, yoked sweater with star-and-tree design; deep crimson with cream yoke and contrasting scraps for design.
20/10/13: beginning with sleeve 1 for gauge; CO 58 - will eliminate turned-up cuff for 3 inches of 1x1 rib. Increase on 5th and every following 6th row to 80 stitches, then every 12th row to 86 (aiming to produce sleeves looser than my ‘Stasis’ sweater but not as loose as the ‘Puffin’); work even then to 17.5 inches to underarm.
21/11: both sleeves complete at 18 inches to underarm; set aside 7 stitches at each end of the last row (I have worked these flat - an experiment to see whether this will render the first, usually difficult rows of the whole yoke any easier…)
Casting-on for main welt, 102 stitches for front & back, 204 in round for 3.5 inches on 2.75mm (i.e. numbers from Round-Yoked Sweater)… achieving 13 rows to the inch in st-st, beginning increases after 1 inch on next row (i.e. row 14) and every 8th row after to 120.
Joining yoke to sleeves and decreasing before the start of the pattern: directions from Puffin sweater with slightly adjusted numbers, decreasing in sets of 19 as given there on rounds 13, 17 & 21 (partially, 7 less decreased) = 254 stitches. Worked yoke as per base pattern until the MC was rejoined, thereafter shaping short-rows and decreasing as per Puffin instructions for first size, i.e. ending with 100 stitches and 10 rows of 1x1 rib.
Used ’Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off’ for the cast-off edge of the neck, and this excellent tutorial to eliminate the need to use a separate darning needle when grafting the set-aside stitches underarm.
Yoke: from outside in to central line of star (all rows except centre against natural white, J&S SS 2001): navy, mid-blue, lilac (all from unknown stash of 3-ply Shetland), J&S #366 (blue-purple); centre row = MC with CC J&S 2-ply L64 held double; sequence reversed.