So. Thank you all for the great advice and compliments on Fishtrap. Trying it on an appropriately sized person was the best advice… so I did. Recipient is out of town but I got my dad to try it on and…
The neck was too small. Yes, it went over his head just fine, but it was too close fitting and looked constricting. So I ripped and tried again. This time I tried carrying the back half of the shoulder saddles across the yoke back a la EZ’s Shirt Yoke sweater (Knitting Workshop).
That is the right half of the yoke back saddle. See how the flare is now happening across the shoulder instead of up the neck? It looks awful but I think this is a positive thing, because I’d like the yoke to be firm, and the body to spread underneath when the hunk shoulders stretch it out. Does that make sense?
See how they meet in the middle? I like this. So why the raw stitches?
I ripped again.
I’m not sure if you can see it in the top 2 photos but I knit the yoke back saddle with only pattern stitches. So the selvage edge is not nice at all. So I will be knitting it again with one plain stitch at the selvage edge so I have something tidy to knit the neck stitches up from.
Rip, re-needle, re-knit, repeat. Obsess much?