Colorwork Yoked Pullover

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Venture into the woods with a sketchbook or head to town for a dinner date. This refined pullover inspired by the innovations of the mid-century Bohus Stickning couture designers dresses up handsomely without being too fine for everyday living. Flight is knit seamlessly in Loft from the folded hem and cuffs—use one of the contrast colors underneath for a secret detail if you wish. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic circular yoke construction gets a modern update with shaping to flatter your form: waist decreases are worked more frequently on the back to remove fabric where most bodies are narrower, while extra increases on the front accommodate the bust. Short rows create a comfortable fit at the shoulders and neckline. The yoke features a gradient of chevrons in warm and cool browns, subtly melded by occasional purl stitches. Some rounds require the use of three colors, so this design is best for knitters with stranded colorwork experience. The shallow motif suits most body types and won’t overwhelm your stamina for complicated knitting.


Fingering weight yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 1190 (1320, 1535, 1690, 1890, 2045) yards Color 1 (C1)
  • 35 (40, 45, 50, 55, 60) yards Contrast Color 2 (C2)
  • 80 (90, 105, 115, 130, 140) yards Contrast Color 3 (C3)
  • 30 (35, 40, 45, 50, 50) yards Contrast Color 4 (C4)
  • 20 (20, 25, 25, 30, 30) yards Contrast Color 5 (C5)


Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)

  • 25½ stitches & 40 rounds = 4″ in single-color stockinette stitch with Size A needles(s), after blocking
  • 25½ stitches & 36 rounds = 4″ in stranded pattern from Yoke Chart with Size C needles, after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One each 16″, 24″, and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
  • Suggested Size: 3½ mm (US 4)

Size B (for Hem Facings):

  • One 24″ or 32″ circular needle and one set DPNs* one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

Size C (optional: for stranded colorwork pattern from Yoke Chart):

  • One each 16″ and 24″ circular needles one size larger than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size D (for Collar):

  • One 16″ long circular needle two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 2¾ mm (US 2)

*32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves)

Finished dimensions
  • 32¾ (36¾, 40¾, 44¾, 49, 52¾)” circumference at bust
  • Intended Ease: + 2-3″
  • Sample shown is size 36¾” with + 3¾” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • Speed-Swatching for Circular Knitting
  • Backward Loop Cast On
  • Color Dominance
  • Short Rows (Yarn Over Method)
  • Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)
  • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
  • Wet-Blocking
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