This yoke jumper is knit in the round, from the top down, all in one piece – which means no sewing (yay!) and that you can audition the fit as you knit – get the right length for your body and your sleeves.
Start by casting on around the neck and knitting first the open-style neckband in a simple rib, then knit the yoke where the increases happen, then split for the sleeves, make the body, and the sleeves in separate steps. The jumper (aside from neck, colourwork, cuffs and bottom band) is knit in stocking stitch – and as we are knitting in the round, this means the stitches are all knit. The neck, cuffs and bottom bands are all in a rib.
Don’t be scared of the increases; they are surprisingly easy and we will do 3 rounds of them over our yoke section.
When you split for the sleeves, you will use a casting-on method to add stitches on the fly, and later pick up stitches to knit the sleeve and close the armholes.
I’ve opted to knit my shown version a little shorter (as I am shorter) than what is written as a classic fit in the pattern. You can make yours shorter too, or longer: you choose.
Sizing; XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL)
To comfortably fit bust; 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100)
100-110 (110-120) cm.
Please note this pattern is designed to have a loose fit (positive ease) of 5-10 cm. This means that if your bust circumference is 95 cm (measured around with a measuring tape), you should knit a size M that has a bust of 103 cm – unless you’d like a more slim version, in that case size down to a S that has a finished bust of 98cm without stretch. If you’d like a fitted version, you can consider sizing down again as the jumper will give and stretch.
Our model has sized down for a more fitted look
Finished bust sizes;
91 (98) 103 (109) 116 (128) cm
• 2 + (2,2,3,3,4,4) Sumptuous 75grm main colour
• 1 + (1,1,1,1,2,2) Sumptuous 75grm contrast one
• 1 + (1,1,1,1,2,2) Sumptuous 75grm contrast two
Pattern Level: Intermediate
Estimated Knit Time: 10+ hours
Wool: Sumptuous; blend of NZ Alpaca and NZ Polwarth Wool
Needles: 5.5mm circulars with 60 to 80cm cable
Skills: Cast on, knit, purl, knit in the round, make stitches, backwards loop cast on, pickup stitches, change colour, cast off, knit in the round
Pattern by: Michelle Joy (Stewart), written in a less traditional style to be less technical and give the crafter room to adjust the fit and style