The joy of a seamless sweater is that when you’ve finished knitting, you really have finished (bar grafting the armpits and weaving in a few ends). You cast off and over the head it goes – hurrah! I think I’ll definitely knit more seamless yoke sweaters.And in spite of worrying constantly about my dodgy float-weaving I’m quite pleased with how Boreal turned out. It’s a very nice, snug fit, and I particularly like how the neck-hugging, patterned yoke negates the need for a scarf when wearing it under a jacket – I hate my neck being cold but I don’t always want to wear a great fat scarf every time I go out. This is the main reason why I chose to reverse the colours and use the darker shade at the top, because being the purple shade it was the one I wanted to see more of. I’m definitely pleased with that decision.
If I had to give a tip on technique I would urge all knitters to follow the advice in the pattern and knit the sleeves inside out to keep the floats nice and loose. You’re still working a knit stitch and working the chart from right to left, it’s just that your right side is on the inside, and you work anticlockwise. Mind-boggling as that sounds it honestly does work! Here’s what it looks like
I’m secretly hoping we might get a few more chilly days so it can wear it once or twice, although admittedly today’s sunshine was wonderful!
Sarah Neal is an avid knitter, magazine editor and book lover based in Essex.
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