Read more about this pattern at knitsnknots.ca/pride-yoke-crochet
20% of all proceeds for the month of June for this sweater (and the previously released Pride Yoke knit version) will be donated to Rainbow Resource Center, a Winnipeg organization supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55±. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
At the end of June, I will post a screenshot of the donation so you can see exactly how much was raised!
I’ve wanted to come out with a design to celebrate Pride Month for years - and I finally made it a priority earlier this year to design both the crochet and knit Pride Yoke.
About The Pride Yoke (crochet version) is a crochet circular yoke sweater worked seamlessly from the top-down. It’s designed to have approx. 2-4” of positive ease, and is graded for 9 sizes ranging from XS-5XL. This project has one of the best drapes I’ve ever achieved in a crochet piece, mostly due to using a 100% bamboo yarn from Lion Brand called Truboo. (Read my Truboo review here.) I designed this sweater with summer in mind, so that it’s lightweight, nice and flowy, and super breathable.
It’s got a subtle pop of colour, it’s light and delicate, flowy, and has great drape; yet it still seems like a neutral clothing item to me since it doesn’t have too much colour!
This pattern has been professionally tech edited to be as correct as possible. All sizes have been tested!
Sizing Info This is a #sizeinclusive pattern, written for 9 sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) to fit bust sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)“ based on the CYC sizing standards. Since these are just sizing guidelines, there are instructions within the pattern to help you create a sweater that will suit your exact measurements ie. help on where to work additional (or fewer) rounds to customize the sleeve length, body length, etc. Visit this post to see this sweater on a variety of bodies.
This sweater is intended to be worn with 2-4” of positive ease. When choosing a size, choose a garment bust size that is anywhere from 2-4” larger than your actual bust measurement, depending on how much positive ease you would like in your sweater. If you’d prefer a more fitted sweater, you can size down.
For reference, model has 34” bust and is wearing a size small with a garment bust measurement of 36” worn with 2” of positive ease.
Yardage Info I used Lion Brand Truboo for this sweater (100% bamboo) although my testers used a wide variety of yarns that I will list in the blog post (knitsnknots.ca/pride-yoke-knit) to give you ideas of yarns you could use to make your own Pride Yoke! Truboo is a very slinky DK weight yarn that has a subtle sheen to it, which I love.
I would recommend using Truboo or Coboo for this pattern, or another bamboo fiber similar to the one used in the sample shown. This will give you the same great drape as the one shown here. You can use any other fiber that you want, just know that the drape will be a little different - which is totally fine!
Main Colour: Long Sleeves: 7 (7, 7, 8, 9) (10, 11, 12, 13) skeins of Lion Brand Truboo in White for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
or 1450 (1580, 1650, 1900, 2100) (2270, 2475, 2700, 2950) yds of similar category 3, DK weight yarn that matches gauge.
Short Sleeves: (4 (5, 6, 6, 7) (8, 8, 9, 10) skeins of Lion Brand Truboo in White for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
or 970 (1100, 1280, 1385, 1580) (1725, 1900, 2125, 2360) yds of similar category 3, DK weight yarn that matches gauge.
Contrasting Colours (Stripes): 6 or 7 colours for the stripes, approx. 5 yds of each (all sizes).
Sample shown has 6 stripes, however the pattern is written for 7 stripes. You will need spprox. 5 yds of each contrasting colour. If you don’t want to buy 1 full skein of Truboo for each stripe colour, you can use what you have in your stash so long as the gauge is similar.
Some testers also used 1 skein of striping yarn to give the effect of stripes in their yoke by cutting the yarn at each colour transition to essentially have multiple bobbins of solid colours to use for the stripes. This is a budget friendly way to give the same striping effect without buying 6-7 skeins just for 6-7 tiny stripes.