The Seamless Yoke Sweater

It’s done! I can’t believe it. I have this euphoric feeling about having accomplished the beautiful sweater that launched Elizabeth Zimmermann into publishing her own patterns.

The sweater is currently hanging on my sweater form downstairs, out of the way of Baby John who is now crawling and able to pull the sweater form down on himself. So occasionally I peek around the corner to make sure I’m not imagining things and ensure that it is, indeed, done!

I loved knitting it! The body and the sleeves came at a very busy time for me – I was trying to put together the Whispers of Spring Collection – so the repetitive nature of knitting around and around and around was meditative and relaxing.

Then came the yoke! Oh, what fun! It was hard to put down once I got to the yoke pattern. I just wanted to do one more row just to see more of the pattern emerge.

Then came the steeking! It was actually sooooo easy! I knit the crochet stays during one of Baby John’s nap periods and then cut the sweater after dinner. It was then a matter of picking up and knitting the button band. I have firmly decided, it is the crochet steek for me – always. JK took a video of me cutting the steek – I sound hilarious – like I have a lisp or something. I’ll get that posted as soon as I figure out how to!

What I learned:

  • Phoney Seams are wonderful! I think this is a trick I will implement into as many sweaters as I can. The phoney seams help a sweater that is knit in the round hang straight and gracefully. I didn’t know how much I was missing.
  • Fair Isle Yokes are addictive – if you like playing with color and changing the color schemes you can have endless fun with yoke sweaters.


  • Crochet Steek: Eunny Jang’s Steeking Chronicles are the best tutorials on steeking out there. I referred to her crochet steek tutorial to refresh my memory before I began mine.

What’s next? Well, it’s The Very Warm Hat. But before that I have another little niece arriving any day now and I haven’t knit her a sweater yet! So, that is going on my needles pronto — why did I pick a pattern with fingering yarn and #1.5 needles? AHHHHHH….


9 Responses

  1. It’s gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to see it in person.

  2. Beautiful!

  3. It’s beautiful! Very inspiring!

  4. Oh, it’s a glory! I love the yoke colors you chose.

  5. Verrrrrry classy and also very eye-catching as a backdrop to your blog title.

  6. Absolutely beautiful! Your are a fabulous knitter.

  7. You did a great job. And steeking! Makes it worth it all. Congratulations on a job well done.

  8. I enjoyed your videos, Christina. The sweater is very interesting: I hadn’t heard of this method before, though I had sometimes wondered whether it could be done… I always assumed all the cut stitches would fall apart. And then you need to cut oh! so carefully. How awful it would be to make a wrong cut, after all that work!
    I quite like having the ned of a row to aim for, myself: I probably knit more at a go that way than I would if I could give up when I liked. I just finished a traditional receiving shawl for Bryony’s baby, and each row took just fifteen minutes – the length of one helicopter flight from Antigua to Montserrat . After 9/11 of course, no more needles allowed on flights… You can tell it took me a long time to knit that shawl – er, about seven years! But it was worth it – you can see it in her photos on Fb.

  9. Thanks for clueing me into the crochet edge for steeking! I am working on the Aran sweater from the Knitting Almanac and sweating having to cut steeks. Never done this before and it scares the *$#% out of me. I like how the crochet edge is neat and not frayed looking. Looking forward to more blogging from you!

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