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Clara Circular Yoke Sweater

Welcome to the inaugural free monthly pattern at Crocheters Have More Fun! This months pattern is a top down circular yoke design meant for crocheters of all ability levels from sweater designing enthusiast Courtney (aka Tinderbox). If you’ve been waiting for the right pattern to try as your first ever sweater this is it! This sweater is written for women’s sizes XS-5XL according to the Craft Yarn Council sizing guide found here.

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Crochet designer Courtney Clark of Tinderbox

Courtney Clark is the designer and maker behind Tinderbox. She is also a teacher, a dog mom and a lover of travel. Courtney lives in British Columbia, Canada and when she’s not crocheting you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her pup, Boomer!

Materials Needed

6.5 mm crochet hook
Approximately 600 (650, 725, 800, 875)(975, 1100, 1225, 1350) m of bulky weight yarn (sample made in Patons Shetland Chunky in “Deep Moss”)
1 stitch marker
Scissors
Yarn needle

Sizes

XS (up to 30 in)
S (31-34 in)
M (35-38 in)
L (39-42 in)
XL (43-46 in)
2XL (47-50 in)
3XL (51-54 in)
4XL (55-58 in)
5XL (59-62 in)

Gauge

9 STs x 8 rows in 4×4 inch square of HDC in the round    

Legend

FSC: Foundation single crochet
SL ST: Slip stitch
ST: Stitch
HDC: Half double crochet
2HDC: Work 2 half double crochet in same stitch
CH: Chain
SK: Skip
2tog: Work two stitches together (decrease)
inc/dec: increase/decrease

Required Skills

  • Slip knot
  • Chain
  • Foundation single crochet
  • Half double crochet
  • Increasing/decreasing
  • Slip stitch
  • Fastening off
  • Weaving in ends

Notes

This sweater is worked in continuous rounds, meaning you will not join with a SL ST at the end of each round. 
You will place a marker in the first stitch of the round and move this marker each round until the body.
Sizes are noted as XS (S, M, L, XL)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) throughout the pattern. <Stitch counts> are only listed when it changes.

Instructions

Yoke

Round 1
Leaving a 6-inch tail at the beginning, FSC 60 (60, 60, 66, 66)(66, 72, 72, 72). Do NOT join with a SL ST. Mark 1st ST.

Round 2
Being sure not to twist your STs work a HDC into the top of the first FSC you made in round 1 (move marker up) and each FSC around. There will be a slight jog in the STs here but we will come back and fix this at the end. <60 (60, 60, 66, 66)(66, 72, 72, 72>

Round 3
*HDC next 5 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <70 (70, 70, 77, 77)(77, 84, 84, 84)>

Round 4
HDC around.

Round 5
*HDC next 6 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <80 (80, 80, 88, 88)(88, 96, 96, 96)>

Round 6
HDC around.

Round 7
*HDC next 7 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <90 (90, 90, 99, 99)(99, 108, 108, 108)>

Round 8
HDC around.

Round 9
*HDC next 8 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <100 (100, 100, 110, 110)(110, 120, 120, 120)>

XS Rounds 10-13
Repeat round 8, 4 times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

All Other Sizes Round 10
HDC around.

Round 11
*HDC next 9 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <N/A (110, 110, 121, 121)(121, 132, 132, 132)>

S Rounds 12-14
Repeat round 10, 3 times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

All Other Sizes Round 12
HDC around.

Round 13
*HDC next 10 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <N/A (N/A, 120, 132, 132)(132, 144, 144, 144)>

M(L) Rounds 14-15(16)
Repeat round 12, 2 (3) times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

All Other Sizes Round 14
HDC around.

Round 15
*HDC next 11 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <N/A (N/A, N/A, N/A, 143)(143, 156, 156, 156)>

XL Rounds 16-17
Repeat round 14, 2 times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

All Other Sizes Round 16
*HDC next 12 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <N/A (N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A)(154, 168, 168, 168)>

2X(3X) Rounds 17-18(19)
Repeat round 14, 2 (3) times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

All Other Sizes Round 17
HDC around.

Round 18
*HDC next 13 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <N/A (N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A)(N/A, N/A, 180, 180)>

4X Rounds 19-20
Repeat round 17, 2 times, then proceed to “Yoke Fitting” below.

5X Round 19
*HDC next 14 STs, 2HDC into next ST* around. <192>

5X Round 20-21
Repeat round 17, twice. Proceed to “Yoke Fitting”.

Yoke Fitting
Place yoke over your shoulders. It should rest just below armpit level. If it is too short complete more rounds of HDC until it is.

Body/Sleeve Separation
The following round will create the armholes in your sweater. You will create CHs and SK STs to create armholes, which you will come back and work sleeves into later.

Body

Round 1
*HDC next 29 (33, 37, 41, 45)(48, 51, 55, 59) STs, CH 5 (6, 6, 7, 8)(9, 10, 11, 11), SK 21 (22, 23, 25, 27)(29, 33, 35, 37) STs.* Rep * for back/second sleeve. <58 (66, 74, 82, 89)(96, 102, 110, 118) HDCs> (Note: XL will have one less stitch due to being the only size with an odd number in the yoke)

Body Fitting
Try on your sweater again. The CHs should rest comfortably under your armpits, not feel like they are chafing. If they are, go back and add more rounds to the yoke.

Round 2
Work 1 HDC into each HDC and each CH around. <68 (78, 86, 96, 105)(114, 122, 132, 140)>

Round 3
HDC around. Remove stitch marker.

Remainder of Body
Repeat round 3 until your sweater reaches the desired length. Optional waist shaping instructions are given in the PDF download of this pattern available at www.ilovetinderbox.com/clara-sweater.

Finishing Body
Once sweater is desired length, HDC to one side of the sweater. SK one ST, SL ST into next ST, cut yarn and pull loop all the way through (see photo). Tie securely and weave in the end.

Sleeves

Round 1
Attach yarn at the centre-most CH in the armpit. CH 1, SC into same CH, HDC to the last CH, HDC2tog across last CH and the side of the ST from the body (see photo – this helps to reduce any holes in the armpit area). HDC around sleeve, HDC2tog across the side of the ST from the body and the first CH in the armpit. HDC in each remaining CH. Do NOT join with a SL ST. <26 (28, 29, 32, 35)(38, 43, 46, 48)>

Note
Actual stitch count isn’t super important here and for the remainder of the sleeve – as long as the sleeve fits! If you find the sleeve too big/small at any point, change the frequency of decreases.

Round 2
HDC around.

Round 3+
HDC around until sleeve is just above elbow length.

Sleeve Decrease
HDC2tog on the underside of the sleeve, HDC around.

Remainder of Sleeve
Alternate repeats of round 2 and “Sleeve Decrease” until your sleeve is desired length.

Finishing Sleeve
Once sleeve is desired length, HDC to underside of sleeve, SK ST, SL ST into next ST, cut yarn and pull through the loop. Tie securely and weave in ends.

Second Sleeve
Repeat all sleeve instructions for the second sleeve ensuring you do your decreases in the same location as your first sleeve.

Finishing Touches
Using the 6-inch tail at the top of the yoke – SL ST the first FSC to the last FSC of round 1 to create a straight/seamless edge. Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Blocking
I recommend steam or wet blocking this sweater for better shaping and drape!

Thank you so much for making this pattern! Remember to use #ilovetinderbox and to tag me on social media @ilovetinderbox as well as @crochetershavemorefun so I can see your beautiful re-creation of this pattern!

Stay cozy,
Courtney

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