Welcome to the first day of Spring! It’s raining buckets here, and has been pronounced a jammie day in this household.
I eventually got to weaving in ends and sewing buttons onto Counting Sheep, a heavily modified version of the Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigan by Looking Glass Knits. It started out of necessity, as I was using a heavier yarn. Then I read through the pattern and saw there were no details about increasing in the yoke, and I found the chart hard to read. These are observations, not complaints, as this is a gratis pattern. But it started me thinking about making other mods, and at some point I realized it would be easier to figure it out from scratch than cobble from a existing pattern. And that’s what I did! It was quite a learning experience.
The following “pattern” is based on a gauge of 4 sts / 6 rows per inch.
Quatrefoil Eyelet stitch pattern (derived from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns) – multiple of 8 stitches
- Row 1 (WS) and all WS rows – Purl
- Row 2 – K3, *yo, ssk, k6*, repeat from * to *, end last repeat K3 instead of K6
- Row 4 – K1, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3*, repeat from * to *, end last repeat K2 instead of K3
- Row 6 – Repeat Row 2
- Row 8 – K
- Row 10 – K7, *yo, ssk, k6*, repeat from * to *, end K1
- Row 12 – K5, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3*, repeat from * to *, end K3
- Row 14 – Repeat Row 10
The yoke is generated with 5 increase rows on the RS, increasing 18 sts evenly across each row. I used the “practically invisible increase” described on page 27 of Knitting Without Tears, which “is formed by knitting into the stitch of the row below from the back, not from the front”. This twists the stitch, which is a form of a right lifted increase. And it indeed practically invisible!
Because 18 does not divide evenly into the stitch count on the increase rows, a little fudging is in order, and is perfectly OK! For instance, for the first increase row, 62/18 = 3.4. Hmmm. I worked most of the increases every 4th stitch (3 sts in between) with an increase every 5th stitch thrown in periodically. Just eyeball it as you work the row to keep it semi-even and ensure you work 18 increases.
The stitch counts at the cast on and after each increase row, and the number of stitches between increases, is as follows:
1st increase row: 62 sts (CO) (3.4)
2nd: 80 sts (4.4)
3rd: 98 sts (5.4)
4th: 116 sts (6.4)
5th: 134 sts (7.4)
152 sts (total for yoke)
CO 62 with MC (in this case brown).
Work 5 rows 2X2 ribbing, beginning and ending with a K2, ending on a RS row.
K 3 rows w/ MC, ending on WS.
Switch to blue and work 13 rows in stockinette and AT THE SAME TIME work an increase row on the 1st, 5th, and 11th rows.
The chart will start on the next row (RS) with 1 row in blue followed by 7 rows in green, and there are no increase rows over the 8 rows of the chart. I used the sheep chart from Melissa Burt’s Baby Sheep Hat (link to PDF above). Remember to work the chart form the top down instead of bottom up – simply flip the chart upside down!
I worked a total of 7 sheep motifs as follows: starting on a RS row I worked three of the leftmost sheep (right facing), one middle sheep (front facing in the back center), and three of the rightmost sheep (left facing). On the first row (RS) on the chart, space the motifs as follows: work 8 stitches between each end of the row and the first/last stitch of the first row of the sheep, 7 stitches between the right- and left-facing sheet, and 15 stitches between the center (front facing) sheep and the next sheep.
I used a combination of stranding and intarsia. The sheep are small enough the strand the background color (blue or green), and use intarsia for the black and cream bits.
The chart should end on a WS row. Continue in green in stockinette, working the 4th increase row on the first row after the chart, followed by the 5th (and last) increase row on the following 7th row, to end on a RS.
K 3 rows w/ MC, ending on a WS.
Split the sleeves from the body as follows: K 22 (right front), place next 32 sts on a holder), K 44 (back), place next 32 sts on holder), K22 (left front).
Work 14 rows of Quatrefoil Eyelet, beginning on WS.
Work in stockinette for about 2.5 inches, or approximately 2.5 inches from desired length.
Work Rows 1 through 9 of Quatrefoil Eyelet, beginning on WS.
K 2 rows.
K 1 row, increasing 2 sts (1 sts at each side)
Work 5 rows 2X2 ribbing, beginning and ending with a K2, ending on a WS row.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Work arms as follows: place held stitches on needle and pick up 4 stitches under the arm (36 sts).
Work in stockinette in the round (K all rows) and decrease 2 stitches on the 5th and 10th rows as follows: K1, ssk, k to 3 stitches from the end, k2tog, k1 (32 stitches).
Knit until approximately 2.5 inches from desired length.
Work Rows 1 through 9 of Quatrefoil Eyelet, beginning on WS, but knit all WS rows.
K 1 row, P 1 row, K 1 row.
Work 5 rows 2X2 ribbing.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Work the bands as follows: with MC, pick up and knit 58 stitches.
Work 6 rows 2X2 ribbing, beginning and ending with K2. On left band, work five evenly spaces buttonholes on Row 3 , using your desired method. You could more or less buttons, or none at all!
Bind off in pattern.
Weave in all ends, attach buttons. Block as desired. Dress infant!
Even though I took alot of notes, I found I needed to fill in a few blanks. If you find errors, please let me know!