Yoke Sweaters

I’ve had a number of requests lately for a pattern for yoked sweaters. They were huge back in the 80’s and maybe they are coming back! Joyce Schneider wrote a couple of excellent pattern books for standard and chunky gauge machines back then and if you see a used copy of one of those, I’d suggest you grab it!

Just be aware that sweaters in the 70’s and 80’s were closer fitting with less ease so you might want to knit a size larger. Check the schematics for the finished measurements.

When I got the first request earlier this year, I dug through my old files and found this pattern Yokeswtr.  I think I wrote it when I worked for Singer. I know it was a long time ago judging by (1) the way I wrote the pattern (too many words!), (2) the fact that it doesn’t include a mid-gauge version (always my preference) and (3) Heirloom yarn has not been available for decades and, most notably, (4) I had to cross out an old address and phone number on the top! Have not lived in Cheshire for a long time now!

I have to apologize for the fact that the stitch pattern is not with the knitting directions, but any small, repeating patterns will work for a yoke. If you opt for a larger pattern, make sure it will fit the width of the yoke and not suffer by the decreases.

Heirloom 2/8 wool is no longer available, but JaggerSpun Main Line 2/8 would be a perfect substitute and the colors are gorgeous. There are probably some acrylics of equal size, but I seldom use acrylics and have no idea which ones. I suggest contacting Charlene Shafer at The Knit Knack Shop because if anyone knows, Charlene will! She may also have a yoke pattern book of her own or some of the old Joyce Schneider books available.

For a few minutes I toyed with the idea of re-writing the pattern and then I came to my senses and decided that what most people need is the method, rather than a specific pattern. I hope this is helpful information for you to have……it helped me on my quest to clean out the file cabinet and keep this stuff in circulation! Have a joyous Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or whatever you decide to celebrate this year. I might celebrate them all – including Festivus! I’m already hoping for a happy, healthy and safe New Year in 2018.

10 thoughts on “Yoke Sweaters”

  1. I am loving the resurgence of yoked sweaters! They are so flattering to a woman’s face. I think there is a one in an OLD issue of Machine Knitters’ Source.
    Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year, to you and your family!

  2. Thank you for this! I love it. It is fun to read through and think through all the steps. Long but appreciated.

  3. Thank you—yoked sweaters are in all the windows in Paris. I don’t believe I’ve ever even tried one on—yet. How is your book coming along? Happy everything to you, too. I believe in celebrating it all.

    1. I figured they were being shown somewhere because I kept getting inquiries. They fit nicely – if they are shaped correctly. The book is coming – I swear it is! It has just gotten bigger and bigger – the initial layout of the first 2/3 of it came to 168 pages so we are re-thinking the layout to be more economical. Between the puppy and the back surgery this year I’ve had a couple of major interruptions!

  4. I think it is also worth mentioning that Iris Bishop has a very clever and interesting way of knitting circular yokes in her “Borders and Yokes Collection” (published 1987) . This method involves less manual work than traditional ways and I remember making several of these sweaters which turned out very successfully. The yoke comprises three sections, the second of which is knitted on alternate needles in double yarn. At first reading, this would appear to produce a thick ridge of knitting across the yoke but in fact this is not the case and it actually works perfectly.

  5. Thanks for sharing your notes on this type sweater. By the way I think I fell in love with machine knitting because patterns are more graphic than verbal!! I have a hard time following hand knit patterns for that reason.

    Additionally,I wondered if you could please post some info about the process for changing the sponge bar in the LK 150. I’m a little worried about putting it in the wrong way. I understand there is a fabric side and the question is does this go face down so the back side of the needles slide on it as you return them to the bed? As always I am deeply appreciative of your knowledge!!!

    1. I have always installed the sponge so that the needles slide against the fabric covering. I suspect that there are videos on YouTube about changing the sponge on the LK…..

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