THE EASY EYELET YOKE LIFE
Girl, the summer time knit is a total crapshoot for us knitters. Half of us fall off the bandwagon and wait for colder temps to sneak in and actually take the summer off, while the other half are just struggling to find a project where we 1) Don’t have to knit with crazy hot wool, and 2) Can actually wear it in the next month or so.
As you know, I live in Calgary and she be a cold bitter bitch for 3/4 of the year. The other months I am hustling to make something before the snow dumps again.
So after making the original Easy Eyelet Yoke in March, I knew I wanted to make another more summer friendly version since this design has become a staple in my wardrobe. Essentially one that I wouldn’t be sweating buckets in when I wore it.
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THE EASY EYELET LITE DESIGN
It’s the same classic design as it’s mama, but with some unique twists:
The Yarn - Adapted to fingering weight: To ensure this pattern didn’t make me dry heave from heatstroke, I swapped out the original size 4 worsted yarn for a size 1 fingering weight. (Though the one I ended up using feels more like a sport weight size 2. More to come on that). It totally changes every aspect of the math, but I knew it would be worth it. I also swapped the alpaca and wool mix for a lighter cotton (The new LB Collection: Merino Silk Cotton) which makes the drape to die for. Note: The yarn I used is more along the lines of a sport weight 2, instead of a true fingering, but that does help with the timely-ness of finishing faster.
Rolled collar: It was my friend Nicole from @woolfield.studio who actually modified her original version with this, and I fell in love with it. I swear as I scroll through my tagged insta, you guys come up with way better designs than I do, through simple modifications of my patterns.
Short Sleeves: I’m a big fan of the basic white T, and I wanted to pay homage to it. This way you also won’t be sweltering and constantly rolling up the sleeves as you wear it outside in the heat.
Short rows: A lot of knitters find that having the neckline so tight to their neck can feel suffocating. I took a new tip that I learnt through the size inclusivity conversation happening on IG and worked it into this design. By adding the short rows to the back portion, it tips the original cast on circle to lie lower at the collarbone, and higher at the nape of the neck. This also helps for busty ladies, as the larger chest often lifts the front of the shirt up, to then show off a bit of the tum by accident. Short rows lengthen the back, tip the front to give more length to the chest to eliminate that problem. Also; short rows are quite simple and nothing to be scared of. Essentially you work a certain amount of stitches flat back and forth instead of continuing in the round. Once they are done, you continue to working in the round as if they never happened, and boil - magic.
The Ease: The original Easy Eyelet Yoke was designed with roughly 1-3” of positive ease (bagginess), while the new summer LITE version only has 0-2”. Since it’s summer, I wanted a bit more of a flirty design that hugged more of your curves.
A little nervous about a top down yoke? Don’t be. This top is the perfect project for any knitter wanting to dive into their first seamless top down yoke sweater. Made with 0-2.5” of positive ease in mind, it was designed for everyday wear. Simple and elegant, it can be paired with some jean shorts and sandals or match it with some classic trousers for everyday office attire.
S – 32-34” bust
M – 36-38” bust
L – 40-42” bust
XL – 44-46” bust
2XL – 48-50” bust
3XL – 52-54” bust
You will need to know how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, work in the round, increase, decrease, pick up stitches, bind off
•4 (S), 5 (M/L), 6 (XL/2XL, 3XL), skeins of Lion Brand Merino Silk Cotton or 764yds/698meters to 1146yds/1047meters of size sport weight yarn
•Size US 6/4mm knitting 16”/40cm circular needles
•Size US 6/4mm knitting needles 24”/60cm circular needles
•1 stitch marker
What are you most excited to see about the new Easy Eyelet LITE? Comment below!
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