The first of hopefully many yoked sweaters to be knit this year turned out to be for M, not me!
Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: From my head, inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Bohus Yoke pullover pattern
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool, in “Natural Mix” and various shades of blue, white, red, and brown.
Needles: size 6 for inside of hems, size 7 for the rest.
Time to knit: Ridiculously long, but it sat in a bin for about 6 of the 8 months it was in progress!
If that sweater looks familiar, it’s because I made it to match the Bohus Yoke sweater I knit for myself (9 whole years ago!). M saw me wearing it last winter, and asked if I could knit her one just like it, and it turned out that I had (more than) enough leftover yarn from the original sweater (except for the dark blue, for which I had to use a different yarn) to do just that. I had knit the body and sleeves last winter, but then set it aside after joining, because I’d messed up the short rows and wasn’t sure about the body length, anyway. Last week, while searching for yarn for a different project, I found the sweater-in-progress, ripped back to before the join, added an inch to the body and sleeves, and then knit the yoke, using my sweater as a guide.
The yoke isn’t identical to mine, for the obvious reason that I had less space to work with, but I actually think M’s yoke looks nicer than mine! I used the same “figure out each row as I knit it” approach as I did with my own sweater, but I think I’ve gotten better at pre-envisioning how a particular motif could develop.
I used purl stitches and slipped stitches to play with the colors – both of these allow for a color to “appear” in a round without being knit into that round, so I never carried more than 2 yarns at a time across a round.
For the collar, instead of the seed stitch that I used on my sweater, I went for 1×1 rib with a contrast-color tubular bind-off, because I wanted maximum stretchability to go over M’s head. I love the way the blue tip is able to mirror the little pop of light blue at the bottom and sleeve hems:
She got really into the whole “knitwear modeling” thing – isn’t she the cutest?! I just can’t help it, I have to share a couple more photos:
And of course, I can’t finish this post without sharing a photo of us in our matching sweaters:
I know that M won’t want me to knit her matching things forever, so I’ll soak this up while I can!
(I’ll write another post about those hats in just a bit!)