Faceted Yoke Pullover

June 14, 2024

Hello! I'm just back from a lovely seaside vacation where it was just chilly enough to wear my newest summer sweater, The Faceted Yoke Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto. Here I am standing on our balcony overlooking the famous California coastline covered with its equally famous June gloom. Trust me, there is a wide sandy beach down there covered with seashells and lots of frolicking people and a beautiful blue sea and above the fog is a bright blue sky. You just have to wait a few hours for the fog to burn off and to see it all! But we're here for that sweater so let me tell you all about it!

I make one, sometimes two white cotton summer sweaters every year. White goes with everything of course and while I love white all year 'round, my favorite time to wear white is in the summer. This year I made The Faceted Yoke Pullover using Rowan Summerlite DK, a beautiful 100% cotton. The yarn is perfectly delightful and glides across fingers and needles like a well behaved yarn should. The pattern is very well written and easy enough to follow but I'm going to give a few warnings. First, the provisional i-cord cast on is not for the faint of heart. Several knitters said they had to rip it out a few times and others chose to do a regular i-cord cast on. After reading that info I decided to give it an entire evening of concentration to get through just the cast on but needed to go into the next morning to finally finish it. I may have lost a few brain cells during the process but it was worth it, but I think it goes without saying that there can be NO WINE when working the cast on. Once the yoke gets started it's fairly intuitive and fun to do, if you like a twisted rib, but the architectural look of it kept my interest. Every half inch or so I would stop and admire it and tell myself it was totally worth it. After the yoke is done it's stockinette all the way. I never complain of stockinette boredom, especially when I'm using beautiful yarn. The pattern calls for the twisted rib to be repeated at the cuffs and hem but I'm afraid that would have made my sweater a bit more formal  and that wouldn't be right for this summery sweater. Plus I was not up for it, soooo, armed with those excuses I gave myself a pass to knit an easy rolled edge, which I love. I'm very happy with the results. 


I had a chance to wear the sweater to a dinner party a few nights after we got home.

Th gladioli are blooming and the Shasta Daisies are just beginning to open. 
Time for some big arrangements to appear around the house!

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  1. I loved the rolled hems even Before you told us that they were not a part of the original pattern. I think you will end up wearing this twice as much as a result! Chloe

    1. Thank you! Yes, I agree. Today I am going to spend the day knitting and watching some recommended knitting podcasts. Finally! I'll keep you posted!

  2. The sweater is beautiful, but I think it would be too much of a challenge for me. The cast on experience frightened me! Carole

    1. Thank you! Yes, it was a real brain cell destroyer at the beginning. I would never attempt it again.

  3. I think I remember getting this pattern for free several years ago. It's been sitting in my pattern library for ages and now you've given me inspiration! You've made it into a great summer sweater and I love your mods on the hems and cuffs!


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