Pattern to make an openwork yoke sweater

from Annalisa Chelli - 1 October 2018
Annalisa Chelli

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

How to make an openwork yoke sweater

Here we are at the second tutorial featuring our Hokusai, a bright and super soft yarn made from Alpaca, Wool and Viscose. Its 2.200 thread count makes it a fine yarn suitable for making light as a feather garments. The knitting project we’ve chosen, or rather, an openwork yoke sweater, is pretty much suitable for everyone. The difficulty level is quite low but the end result is absolutely amazing!

hokusai an alpaca and viscose yarn

To make this sweater we’ve used two of the best known stitches, otherwise known as the rib stitch and the stockinette stitch. The main characteristic about this sweater is the openwork yolk that gives the garment a delicate and fluffy look, which combined with two rather high cuffs make it stand out even more.

Instead, if you’d like to have a go at the tubular stitch, then we suggest reading the tutorial on how to make a puff sleeve sweater, where Hokusai is once again, the star of the show.

So, let’s grab our needles and yarn and get started on this tutorial on how to make our openwork yoke sweater, great for both autumn and spring.

Materials
Hokusai yarn col. Lace 280 g
Needles no. 5,5 – US 8
Needles no.8 – US 11
Circular needles no. 8 – US 11 60 cm long
3 stitch markers in the same colour and 1 in a different colour
A sewing needle

Stitches
Rib stitch 1X1
:
1st row: knit 1 purl 1;
2nd row: work the stitches as they appear.
Stockinette stitch: knit 1 row purl 1 row.

Size
M

openwork yoke sweater tutorial

How to make the back, the front and the sleeve of the openwork yoke sweater

The BACK and FRONT
Cast on 68 stitches using the no.8 needles (US11) rib stitch 1 x 1 using no.5,5 needles (US 8) for 9 rows.
Continue working the stockinette stitch with no.8 needles increasing a stitch on each side every 10 rows, until you’ve got 72 stitches.
Continue working the stockinette stitch without increasing until 50 rows.
Leave it hanging.

SLEEVE
Cast on 28 stitches with no.8 needles (US 11) and work the rib stitch 1 x 1 with no. 5,5 needles (US 8) for 18 rows.
19th row: using no.8 needles (US 11) work * knit 1, 1 increase* repeat from*to* for all the row so you’ve got 40 stitches.
Continue working the stockinette stitch, increasing 1 on each side every 6 rows until you’ve got 58 stitches and 60 rows.

sweater pattern with alpaca wool yarn

Tutorial: how to make the openwork yoke with knitting needles

Now let’s see to the openwork yoke part which is going to bring lightness and puffiness to our sweater.

With the circular needles no.8 ( US 11) start the yoke.
First put the front then a sleeve, the back and the other sleeve onto the needles, we’ll have a total of 260 stitches.
You’re going to need 4 stitch markers, 3 in colour A and one in colour B that will indicate the start of the round.

Work the yoke as follows:

1st round: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 67, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together,knit 52, knit 2 together, knit 52, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 67, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 52, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour B stitch marker.

KEEP WORKING IN THE ROUND

knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 65, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 50, knit 2 together, knit 1. Position the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 65, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 50 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour B stitch marker.

3rd round: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 63, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 48, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 63, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 48, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour B stitch marker.

making a baggy sweater

4th round: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 61, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 46, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 61, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour A stitch marker.
Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 46, knit 2 together, knit 1. Place the colour B stitch marker.
You’ll now have 230 stitches in total.

Turn over the work and continue working on the back as follows:

*From this moment on we have to bind off the first two stitches in order to block the thread. It’s enough every 2 rounds*

1st round: knit 2 together, knit 6, knit 2 together, 1 yarn over the needle.
Repeat for the whole round.
2nd round: knit 8 drop the yarn over, 1 yarn over on the needle. Repeat for the whole round.
3rd round: work the stitches as they appear but bind off the first 2 and last 2 stitches of the 8 knit stitches. See from * to * (necessary to block the thread).
4th round: as the 2nd round.
5th round: knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, drop the yarn over, 1 yarn over on the needle. Repeat for the whole round.
6th round: work the stitches as they appear and drop the yarn over, 1 yarn over on the needle. Repeat for the whole round.
7th round: repeat the previous round
8th round: repeat the previous round
9th round: repeat the previous round
10th round: knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, drop the yarn over, 1 yarn over on the needle. Repeat for the whole round.
11th round: repeat the previous round
12th round: repeat the previous round
13th round: repeat the previous round
14th round: repeat the previous round
15th round: knit 2 together, knit 2 together, drop the yarn over, 1 yarn over on the needle.

Repeat for the whole round.

From now on we don’t have to bind off the stitches anymore, work the other 7 rounds as they appear, always yarning over though.

16th round: work the stitches as they appear
17th round: work the stitches as they appear
18th round: work the stitches as they appear
19th round: work the stitches as they appear
20th round: work the stitches as they appear
21st round: work the stitches as they appear
22nd round: knit the stitches including the yarn overs.
Knit stitch another 3 rounds and bind off.

Lastly, sew together the front and the back, after take the sleeves and sew them onto the body.

tutorial knitting - openwork yoke sweater

We’ve now come to the end of our tutorial on how to make an openwork yoke sweater. We’ve used Hokusai yarn, a mix of Wool, Alpaca and Viscose to achieve this soft and fluffy sweater. If you’re up for seeing more free patterns, why not take a look at Alpaca Yarns made in DHG.

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