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Free Knitting Pattern: Yoke Sweater Knit

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky
Pattern #: 1196A
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Chest 40 (44, 48, 52, 56)"
Length 24 (25, 25, 26, 26)"
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.


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Inspired by the beauty of traditional Icelandic knitting, this elaborate yoked sweater is knit in the round. When you are finished with the fair isle yoke, bind off and you are finished—no seams to sew!
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Wool-Ease® Chunky
Fisherman Bluebell Indigo Walnut Eggplant Charcoal Black Silver Grey
Willow Nantucket Mulberry Tinsel White Wheat
*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other;
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins

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•  630-127 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Walnut
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•  630-402 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Wheat
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Lion Brand Size 10.5 [6.5 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Knitting Needles   $ 11.49  
Boye Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles 29 inches Size 10.5   $ 6.70  
Boye Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles 16 inches Size 10   $ 6.70  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 10   $ 8.25  
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Yoke Sweater Knit

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky


12 sts + 18 rows = 4" (10 cm) over St st (k on all rounds) with larger needles.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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The body and sleeves of this sweater are knit seperately in the round to the underarms, then joined together for the yoke and knit to the neck.

BODY using smaller needle, cast on 120 (132, 144, 156, 168) sts. Join in circle, making sure not to twist the sts, and place marker (PM) to indicate the beginning of rnd. Work in k1, p1 rib for 2". Change to larger needles and work in St st. until piece measures 13 1/2 (14, 14, 15, 15)" from beg (or desired length to underarm). Stop knitting 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts before the marker. Don't break yarn and set aside.

SLEEVES (make 2)
Using smaller DPNs, cast on 24 (26, 28, 32, 34) sts, join in circle and PM to indicate beg of rnd. Work in k1, p1 rib for 2". Change to larger DPNs [switching to circular needle as soon as possible], and working in St st, inc 1 st either side of marker on next rnd and every 4 rnds 0(0,0,2,4) times, then every 6 rounds 9(11,10,9,8) times. AT SAME TIME, work in pattern Rnds 3-7 of chart immediately following rib (and, on sizes L and 2X ONLY, in 1 st anywhere on row 7), then continue in St st and MC until sleeve measures 17(17,17,17 1/2, 17 1/2)" or desired length from beg-44(46,51,56,61) sts. Stop knitting 5(5,6,6,7)sts before marker and slip next 10(11,12,13,14) sts to holder. Break yarn.

Join sleeves to body Slip next 10(11,12,13,14) sts of body to holder and using MC and larger needle, k 34(35,39,43,47) sts of sleeve, k 50(55,60,65,70) sts of body, slip next 10(11,12,13,14) body sts to holder, k 34(35,39,43,47) sts from 2nd sleeve, then rem 50(55,60,65,70) sts from body - 168(180,198,216,234) sts PM. Work in St st and chart pattern, decreasing, changing to shorter needle when necessary as follows:
[NOTES 1. Not all rnds will decrease evenly. Don't worry, you will adjust stitch count for pattern in following rnds. 2. After decreases, the st patterns will NOT line up vertically as charted. They will, however, work out evenly.]
Dec Rnd 26 (K 2, k2tog) around - 126 (135,149,162,176) sts.
Rnd 30 Dec 2 (3, 1, 2, 0) evenly accross rnd - 124 (132,148,160,176) sts.
Dec Rnd 36 (K 1, k2tog) around - 83 (88,99,107,118) sts.
Rnd 40 Inc 1 (0, inc 1, inc 1, dec 2) evenly accross rnd - 84 (88,100, 108, 116) sts.
Rnd 46 (K 1, k2tog twice) around - 51 (53, 60, 65, 70) sts.
Rnd 47 Dec 1 (1,2,3,2) evenly across rnd - 50 (52,58,62,68) sts. Finish working chart, then change to smaller 16" needle and, with Color A, work k1, p1 rib for 1". Bind off loosely in rib.

Graft body and sleeve underarms sts tog. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
dpn(s) = double pointed needle(s) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
MC = main color p = purl
Pm = place marker rem = remain(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Yoke Sweater Knit on 2014-01-13 ***
Sweater is nice and relatively easy, but there are problems with the pattern. When you download the pattern, the diagram for the yoke pattern does not come out in color and the schematic does not match the picture or the schematic that you see when you just open the pattern in the website. Do yourself a favor and save the color image and print it and follow that. Also the pattern calls for 2 sets of 29 inch size 10.5 circular needles, but I think it's supposed to be one 10 and one 10.5 (but I used size 9 on the cuffs, etc. for a tighter rib)

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