Seamless Knitting: Round we go!

    
The Leyfi Pullover

I'm one of those knitters who doesn't mind seaming. In fact, I take pride in doing neat seaming that makes my sweaters look professionally handknit. But there are so many sweater patterns and constructions to explore, why stick with seamed sweaters all the time?

Our 2012 Interweave Knits Calendar is one giant sweater workshop, and it's full of details about different types of sweater patterns.

One popular method is the seamless yoke. Here are some advantages to this technique:

1. Seamless! Minimal finishing with just a few ends to weave in and no long seams to sew!
2. If worked in the round, the right side of the work is always facing you—no need to purl back on stockinette or read a lace or colorwork chart backward!
3. Cool possibilities for showing off segmented patterns that start out wide at the bottom of the yoke and narrow toward the neck.
4. True-to-the-body fit at the neck and shoulders, finessed a little by the stretch of knitted fabric.
5. Easy to knit, easy to wear!

The Leyfi Pullover by Rosemary Hill (shown at left) is a wonderful example of seamless yoke construction. The doily-inspired lace pattern adorns the yoke of an otherwise simple, casual pullover. The Leyfi uses top-down construction with rolled edges. The lace pattern continues down the arms, making quite a statement. I saw this sweater in person and it is really fantastic, and it looks great on many body types.

There are many seamless yoke sweater patterns, the illustration below shows three.

    

One of my favorite sweater patterns using the seamless yoke technique is Sweet Tee by Mary Jane Mucklestone, shown at right. I've had this on my list forever but I haven't found the perfect yarn. Maybe this winter I'll intensify my search.

Sweet Tee is a simple tee dressed up with a colorwork yoke. It truly is sweet.

Seamless yoke construction can be used for cardigans, too. Take a look at Alina Khasanova's Backstage Tweed Jacket, at right. The yoke stitch pattern continues down the front to become lapels.

So you can see that this technique has a lot of advantages, and great sweater patterns, too.

To learn even more about sweater construction, fabrics, stitch patterns, get your copy of the Interweave Knits 2012 Calendar: Sweater Workshop. You'll be inspired every month (plus, it's on sale!).

Cheers,

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