Skills required: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, knitting in the round, working a stranded colorwork pattern in the round following a chart, picking up stitches, binding off.
Construction: This garment is knit seamlessly from the top down, featuring a stranded colorwork section around the yoke. The yoke is a hybrid circular/raglan for an optimal fit. The pattern also gives the option to work a few short rows at the back neck for a more fitted neckline. The yoke is worked in the round to the underarms, then the sleeves are put on hold, and the body is worked in the round to the hem, with a slight A-line shape. Lastly, the sleeve stitches are returned to the needles and worked in the round to the cuff.
Please note: the colorwork portions are charted only. One round in the colorwork section requires three-color stranding (the rest uses two-color stranding)
This design is part of my “From Japan, with love“ series, which was inspired by a recent trip back to Japan, where I lived as a child. The yoke pattern symbolizes the cultural and emotional intersection that I grew up and found my own identity in.
A child version of this design is available here.
This classic, comfortable sweater is highlighted by a striking stranded colorwork yoke that lends itself to many color combinations and presents a great stash-busting opportunity.
The individual pattern is available for purchase in pdf format for 6.25 Euros.
Sizes available: XS (S, M, L // XL, 2XL, 3XL)
To fit chest: 30 (34, 38, 42 // 46, 50, 54) inches or 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm.
Finished garment chest: 32 (36, 40, 44 // 48, 52, 56) inches or 81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112 // 122, 132, 142) cm.
In general it’s best to go by the recipient’s actual chest measurements when selecting the appropriate size. You can also choose a size according to how much ease you’d like the garment to have.
Main Color: Approximately 1100 (1200, 1300, 1450 // 1600, 1700, 1800) yds or 1006 (1097, 1189, 1326 // 1463, 1554, 1646) meters of De Rerum Natura Ulysse in colorway “Poivre et sel,” or similar sport weight yarn
Contrasting Color 1: Approximately 170 yds or 155 meters of De Rerum Natura Ulysse in Colorway “Plume,” or similar sport weight yarn
Constrasting Color 2: Approximately 170 yds or 155 meters of De Rerum Natura Ulysse in Colorway “Fusain” or similar sport weight yarn
Contrasting Color 3: Approximately 30 yds or 27 meters of De Rerum Natura Ulysse in Colorway “Doré” or similar sport weight yarn
22 sts x 32 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round after blocking using Size A needle.
22 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm in main colorwork pattern in the round after blocking using Size C needle.
Please adjust your needle size if needed to achieve gauge.
Size A: US6 or 4 mm circular needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge). Length: 16-inch or 40 cm and 30-inch or 76 cm.
matching double-pointed needles or short circular needle for sleeves.
Size B: US 4 or 3.5 mm circular needle (or 2 sizes smaller than above) of the same two lengths for neckline and bottom ribbing.
matching double-pointed needles for sleeve cuff ribbing. -Size C: US7 or 4.5 mm circular needle (or size needed to match colorwork gauge). Length: 16-inch or 40 cm.
5 stitch markers (I recommend using a different color for the BOR m)
2 pieces of scrap yarn or stitch holders