Modification Monday: Color Craving

Original Pattern: Hedgerow

Knitter Extraordinaire: Liz (Ravelry ID)

Mods: After steeking the cardigan and trying it on, the yoke didn’t fit properly. Liz cut off the yoke, and knitted a circular cabled yoke instead. Info can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Talk about making lemonade from lemons! Imagine you are Liz. You’ve just put in all this work on a steeked, bottom-up totally stranded design. You finally do the steek, try it on and….. it doesn’t fit right. The yoke doesn’t sit properly on your shoulders, and it just doesn’t work. It’s steeked, so you can’t unravel it. So you grab your scissors again and cut the yoke off and try again.

Holy smokes, right? Can you imagine just cutting the yoke off a sweater and trying something totally different? I am virtually high-fiving Liz right now because that is all sorts of fearless knitter awesomeness that I fully respect. Liz has a lto of knitting experience, so she chose a yoke that she figured would work with the design and fit her better, with a lovely cabled tree motif. She chose the tree motif because the shape of them helped make it easier to decrease as she worked her way to the neckline. So clever!

Has anything like this happened to you, fellow knitters/ Knit a bottom up seater and the top part just didn’t fit? Would you consider doing something like this?





  1. Coralee   •  

    Kudos to Liz!! What an awesome accomplishment and what a brave and creative knitter! KNIT ON!!

    Haven’t graduated to cardigans yet but when I do, I want to be like Liz 🙂

  2. Ceci   •  

    What an architect! Beautiful colors for a brave knitter. True freedom!

  3. Meredith MC   •  

    Liz is my new hero.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Mine too! 😀

  4. Wanda   •  

    That is amazing and I just bow down to her mad skills!! Beautiful colors too!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I completely agree! I love her solution to a knit that had already been steeked (so no hope of unravelling) but determined to fix it. Really clever!

  5. Turner   •  

    Wow she is brave! And creative!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      So true! I’m really impressed with her solution!

  6. Terry   •  

    So beautiful. It caught my eye immediately! The make-do story is a bonus.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Isn’t it amazing! A stunning, eye-catching knit to begin wit, and the story behind it is incredible!

  7. miss agnes   •  

    Oh my, fearless is the word. Steeking scares me to death, I’m not anywhere near that skill-level, so imagine cutting the yoke as well? It was worth it though, she must be really proud of her unique cardigan.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I know, right? But the more I think about her sweater, the more I think that it was a great reaction to a knti that had already gone off the rails. If it was already a waste (and steeked, she couldn’t unravel and reuse the yarn), why not do something a little crazy and see how it works out? A stroke of brilliance.

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