After the color explosion of the last sweater, I am going polar opposite this time.
2x2 rib, baby twist alpaca, red tweed for the top and arms, plain red for bottom and sleeve detail, seamless, and I'll decide if raglan or saddle shoulder, or straight on up to a side-buttoned high neckline. I am going to try making it without any obvious reductions in the ribbing.
Reduced the stitch count by 10% and twisting the knit stitches every other row. The sleeve swatch is going well with #6, 12" circs...will update as progress occurs.
I know what works going down will work going up...that being said, I am going to build the shoulder cap in pattern while working in the round as described in Knitting In the Old Way by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts. Any tips for this fellow traveler?
Found two helpful resources...http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/406 for a sleeve cap calculator that addresses all four variables...front, back, sleeve cap shape and height. Yeouzzah!
The second is a tutorial on using short rows in the round to shape the shoulders...http://feralknitter.typepad.com/Shaped_Shoulders_revised_ed.pdf...Hazzah!
What a difference working with this stuff. Wool reacts like cast iron compared to this BUTTA!