Pattern of the Week: Twill Cardigan from The Art of Circular Yokes

We are so excited about the release of The Art of Circular Yokes, we wanted to ensure you got a sneak peek into one of Knit Master Holli Yeoh’s designs. Holli serves as your knitting companion throughout this volume of gorgeous projects. Her Twill Cardigan is just one example of what you may be able to achieve, should you set your mind (and needles) to the task.

For the sleeves, use your favorite method for knitting small circumferences in the round: two circular needles, Magic Loop with one long circular needle, or DPNs. All images by Harper Point Photography.

With a slip-stitch pattern echoing woven fabric, the yoke motif in Yeoh’s Twill Cardigan makes great use of a gradient set of mini skeins. The textured stitch pattern would look equally attractive in a solid-color yarn. This cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up in one piece. Sleeves (worked in the round) are joined at the beginning of the circular yoke.

After some raglan shaping to create a comfortable fit and short-rows to raise the back neckline, the fun begins with the colorful woven stitch pattern that provides structure through the shoulders and back neck. False seams are worked at the body sides and on the sleeves and later sewn together with mattress stitch to create further structure.


All images by Harper Point Photography.

Pattern Details

Finished Size | Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, 6XL). Bust circumference: about 33 (35¾, 37¾, 40½, 44½) (49¼, 53, 57, 60¾, 64½)” (84 [90.5, 96, 103, 113][125, 134.5, 145, 154.5, 164] cm). Designed to be worn with 0–2″ (0–10 cm) of positive ease. Sweater shown measures 35¾” (90.5 cm), modeled with 1¼” (3.2 cm) of positive ease.

Yarn | Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine). Shown here Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering (90% superwash Merino wool, 10% silk; 420 yd [385m]/4 oz [115 g]): midnight oil (MC), 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) (4, 5, 5, 5, 5) skeins; øresund gradient set (CC), 1 set.

MC: about 1085 (1170, 1245, 1365, 1505)(1655, 1800, 1905, 1975, 2045) yd (995 [1070, 1140, 1250, 1375][1515, 1650, 1745, 1805, 1870] m).
CC1: about 25 (30, 30, 30, 35) (40, 45, 45, 50, 50) yd (25 [25, 30, 30, 35][40, 40, 45, 45, 45] m).
CC2: about 25 (25, 25, 25, 30) (35, 40, 40, 40, 45) yd (20 [25, 25, 25, 30][35, 35, 35, 40, 40] m).
CC3: about 20 (25, 25, 25, 30) (35, 35, 35, 40, 40) yd (20 [20, 25, 25, 30][30, 35, 35, 35, 35] m).
CC4: about 20 (20, 20, 20, 25) (30, 30, 30, 35, 35) yd (15 [20, 20, 20, 25][25, 30, 30, 30, 30] m).
CC5: about 15 (20, 20, 20, 25) (25, 25, 30, 30, 30) yd (15 [15, 15, 15, 20][25, 25, 25, 25, 30] m).

Needles | Size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm): 32″ (80 cm) or longer circular (cir). Size U.S. 2 (2.75 mm): 32″ (80 cm) cir; preferred small-circumference needles (double-pointed, cir for Magic Loop, etc.). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions | Stitch markers (m); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; 10 (10, 10, 11, 11)(11, 11, 11, 11, 11) ¾” (18 mm) buttons; sewing needle; coordinating thread.

Gauge | 25 sts and 36 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st with larger needle, worked flat and blocked. 24 sts and 53.5 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in Twill Hem Pattern with larger needle, blocked.


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