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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….


The Spring Collection

Ah…it’s finally done. The Spring Collection that I’ve been working on (and getting behind on Knitting Zimmermann for) is finally available via Ravelry.

I have the sleeves to the seamless yoke cardigan done and am working on the body. I can’t wait to do the yoke — that is driving me on.

I did the phoney seam on the sleeves, just like EZ suggested and loved the result! It didn’t show up very well in pictures but I’ll post them nonetheless… perhaps tomorrow!


Sunday afternoon, a bit under the weather with  a sore throat and a headache, Baby John slept while JK read to me and I swatched for the Seamless Yoke Sweater.

Elizabeth Zimmermann suggests casting on for a “swatch” hat or if you are in a big hurry she explains how to make a swatch “in the round” while knitting flat.

I cast on enough stitches to go around my #4, 16″ circular needle and off I went. The swatch piece is more than just a good idea to find out what your gauge it. It’s the perfect time to work out your color sequence.

This is my first color sequence. It’s okay, but not perfect for me.

This is my second sequence, and although still not “ah, the perfect one,” I think a combination of the two sequences will do quite nicely.

Swatching for this sweater has really gotten me excited about casting on for it. Later this afternoon I’m hoping to sit down with a cup of tea and while Baby John naps cast on. It seems like we’ve had to wade through quite a few pairs of socks to get to this point. But it has been worth it.

Speaking of socks, I must tell you the Art Stockings are stumping me. The yarn I purchased for them just doesn’t “feel” or look right. I’ll update you about them in the next post. But, I am quite behind on my Art Stockings. So, I’ll be knitting the Seamless Yoke Sweater and the Art Stockings at the same time. Oh, well, I suppose it’s not the end of the world.

Back in business

After a week of no Knitting Zimmermann projects I felt like I was going to go crazy. Sure, I had other knitting to work on but I missed that daily interaction with Knitting Around.

When I was up at my LYS on Saturday I picked up some Harrisville Shetland 2 ply for the Wearable Art Stockings. I swatched it and it came out perfect with a US #3 needle. So I’m off and running on the ribbing … again.

AND… my order of Harrisville Shetland 2 ply for my Seamless Yoke Sweater – our next project – was in! Oh, it was so lovely to pick up!¬† I’m pretty pleased with the colors. As usual the camera does not do them justice. For instance, that skein that looks like black is really a lovely shade of cocoa. I’m delight and can’t wait to start on the sweater. To be a bit honest with you all, I’m a little tired of socks – after all, the wearable art stockings are my 5th pair in the last 6 weeks. And besides, this seamless yoke sweater is THE sweater that launched Elizabeth Zimmermann into doing her own newsletters and publishing her own patterns. Isn’t that exciting to think about?

Seamless Yoke Sweater — Planning

Seamless Yoke Chart

Hello dear knitters — well, it is about time to start planning for the Seamless Yoke Sweater which is on the schedule for March.

The first thing you want to do is identify which variation you would like to do — pullover (shown on page 19 of Knitting Around), the lovely Henley-neck (shown on page 25 of Knitting Around) or the exquisite cardigan (shown in The Opinionated Knitter). I have chosen to knit the cardigan version which means I will be steeking.
Once you have chosen which version of the sweater you will be knitting you can choose the yarn. If you are knitting the pullover version you can choose almost any kind of yarn (provided it gives you the correct gauge) because you will not be steeking.
If however, you would like to knit the henley-neck version or the cardigan version you really should choose a wool – not a superwash. You are going to want something that sticks/felts slightly to prevent unraveling.
There is some debate in the knitting world about using a superwash for a steeked sweater. Eunny Jang has a wonderful series about steeks called “The Steeking Chronicles.” If you have any doubt about what to use and the different kinds of steeks or even how to set up a steek into your knitting pattern hop on over to the Steeking Chronicles and have a read.
I will be hunting for a sport weight wool that is handwash only. We’ll see what I find.
Once you have figured out the version of sweater and what kind of yarn you will be using, plot out the colors you would like to use in the neck pattern. I photo copied the chart from Knitting Around and then, using colored pencils, colored in the chart so that I could see what it would look like.
I’m off to my LYS tomorrow evening to hunt down the yarn… I’ll let you know how it goes!
Happy planning!