How to Add a Knitted Yoke to a Sweater

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How to Add a Knitted Yoke to a Sweater
Use contrasting yarn to add a yoke to a knitted sweater. (Sheridan Stancliff/Creatas/Getty Images)

One classic sweater design has a round yoke in contrasting yarn. This style of seamless sweater often has a stranded or Fair Isle yoke that uses several yarn colours. However, you can make a simplified version of this design by adding a yoke in a contrasting yarn. You can adapt any sweater pattern that is knit in the round. This is a good technique if you have a limited amount of hand-spun yarn or leftovers of yarn with long colour repeats.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Raglan-sleeve sweater pattern
  • Tape measure
  • Main colour yarn for the body of the sweater
  • Contrasting yarn for the yoke
  • Circular knitting needles in a size that gives you the pattern gauge
  • Double-pointed needles in the same size

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Instructions

    Preliminary Steps

  1. 1

    Choose a pattern or design that has a simple raglan sleeve. You can add a yoke to any sweater pattern, but a raglan is the easiest to adapt because this type of sweater is seamless.

  2. 2

    Measure yourself as directed by the pattern to determine the proper size of the sweater. Check the pattern schematic to make sure the bust and chest measurements match your measurements.

  3. 3

    Make sure that you are knitting to the pattern gauge by knitting a test swatch in both the main colour and the contrasting yarn.

    Top-Down Sweater

  1. 1

    Cast on the neck-edge stitches with the main colour yarn as directed by the pattern and complete the neck edge.

  2. 2

    Join the stitches into a round, as directed by the pattern.

  3. 3

    Knit one round with the main colour and change to the contrasting yarn to begin the yoke.

  4. 4

    Increase eight stitches per round, every other round. Spread the increases evenly around the sweater.

  5. 5

    Keep increasing until you reach the number of bust stitches as given in the pattern.

  6. 6

    Return to the main colour yarn and continue with the pattern instructions to complete the sweater

    Bottom-Up Sweater

  1. 1

    Cast on for the bottom edge of the sweater with the main colour yarn, as directed by the pattern. Join the stitches into a round and knit to the armholes.

  2. 2

    Follow the patten directions for reserving stitches for the underarms and set aside.

  3. 3

    Use double-pointed needles to knit two sleeves from the cuff to the top with the main colour yarn.

  4. 4

    Join all the pieces together on the sweater's circular needles and start knitting with the contrast yarn.

  5. 5

    Keep knitting with the contrast yarn, working decrease rows as directed by the pattern. When you reach the neck edge, you can continue with the contrast yarn or change back to the main colour.

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