Pattern: Garter Yoke Cardi by Melissa LaBarre
Yarn: Handspun, hand-dyed Shetland and Imperial Stock Ranch Columbia 2-Ply
Needles: US7 and 5
Notes: This is very heavily modified from the original. The original pattern only goes up to 40" so I knew I had to do some monkeying with the pattern. I cast on using a provisional cast on because many people had complained the neck was too large. This would allow me to go back later and knit upward if necessary. I cast on the same number of stitches as the largest size and threw in more increases in the yoke. Then I increased longer on the raglans until I like the fit of the yoke. The sleeves in the original pattern have no shaping whatsoever from armpit to cuff. This would not work in a bigger size. I knit the first sleeve several times, each time adding more decreases until the sleeve was generous but not silly. I also knit the cuff many times. I started my cuff sooner, went down two needle sizes and added two round of decreases. I also knit the garter flat and seamed when I was done. In the end I think I might have nipped the cuffs in just a teeny bit more than I wanted. Overall the sweater is warm, comfortable and I've worn it pretty much non-stop since I finished it (that's why it's so creased in the photos). It's definitely far from the slim, sexy sweater Melissa originally created.