for Straker Classics 1979
754 Eleanor Rigby
Penny Straker: “I wonder, do the Beatles, those that are still with us, really know the depth and breadth of their influence on so many people worldwide? I for one, being an early and constant fan of those remarkable musicians, was inspired to design something appropriate. Hence Eleanor Rigby – a design reflecting that amazing era.
“Spare and timeless proportions, knit in a simple and easy K2, P2 ribbing that is worked on a multiple of 4 plus 1 stitches. This one row repeat pattern creates a strong vertical line with negative ease for this ‘60s, yet contemporary, design.
“It’s knit in sport weight yarn on #6 needles and lends itself to numerous fibers, as long as they are soft enough to wear next to your skin –this design is probably a first layer for today’s multi-layering! There are so many tempting yarns in this weight - alpacas, wool and cotton blends, wool and silk blends, and some with multiple fabulous fibers. Consider textured or smooth spins – all will work!
“For a more contemporary fit, increase the ease of the K1, P1 back and front cuffs and sleeve cuffs, too.
“Here we go: First, as long as your knitting tension is average to firm, work the cuffs on #4 needles rather than the recommended #3. Cast on the odd number of stitches, which you would increase to in the directions after completing the ribbed cuffs. This will yield more ease in the cuffs around the hips. And of course, pay attention to your best body length. Don’t be afraid to shorten the length so that it is becoming to your proportions and height.”
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