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One More Time

September 20, 2019
Woman on a step wearing a handknit sweater with a colourwork yoke.

Last year I knit John a Strange Brew colourwork yoke sweater. It was nominally a Christmas gift, but really I made it because, despite the fact that John had been my loving partner and prime cheerleader for years while Alexa and I built Tin Can Knits, he STILL didn’t have a hand-knit sweater… only a single sadly scratchy scarf. That’s a knitterly fail if ever there was one!

2 adults wearing matching handknit sweaters

But wouldn’t you know it, once John’s sweater was knit, what happened? In spite of my drawer full of other lovely sweaters, I mostly wanted to wear his. All the time. So the unthinkable had to be thought. I would make myself the same sweater! We would match. Because what’s worse than a hand-knit sweater? Matching hand-knit sweaters on middle-aged lovers. (hahaha side-note… I LOVE saying “LOVER” out loud, because it makes Alexa cringe every time).

Just kidding, it’s really the best! Our kids are still a bit too small to know the hot sting of parent-inspired shame, but soon we will be embarrassing them nonstop, so we’ve gotta get started now, working on suitably ridiculous wardrobe.

2 adults in matching sweaters. The man is kissing the woman on the cheek.

The gory story of the design development for this yoke pattern was covered in the original post. If you’re interested you can find the charts there to make a matchy sweater of your own!

What I want to show you today are some alternative colour options that I considered. You might find these palettes inspiring if you’re planning a yoke sweater like Strange Brew , Marshland, Spotlight or one of the many beautiful colourwork yokes out there!

Adult woman in handknit sweater with a colourwork yoke
This smile shows how happy I am with my new sweater! I made it relaxed and cozy with 3-4″ of positive ease.

developing a colourwork yoke palette

A knit sleeve next to bits of yarn in various colour combinations
A sleeve plus the yarns that I brought to the table (the sidewalk) for consideration! I spent A LONG TIME hunched over these yarns photographing various options.

To choose a palette for my copycat yoke, I began by pulling out my worsted and aran weight stash! I worked the body and sleeves of the garment in a tweedy grey, so I just had to select 3 colours that would work alongside it.

testing the palette

Once I’d selected some combinations that I thought might work, I used a graphics program to trial out the colour placement roughly on a sketch of the yoke patterning. This gave me a little closer idea of what the garment might look like with the colour combinations I’d shortlisted.

After some deliberation, and a call out to Instagram to see what the knitters thought about my colour combinations, I was pretty sure I was going to go with one of the light pink + rust options. But then I hesitated. The sleeves and body were finished, so all I had left was a delicious yoke to knit, but for some reason I wasn’t getting started.

A handknit colourwork yoke close up

back to the drawing board…

When it came down to it, what I REALLY loved about John’s knit was that cobalt blue. So I had to go back to the drawing board, and find a combo that allowed the cobalt to shine! In the end I pulled out some of my DK weight stash, trusting that it would work just fine with the worsted weight main colour. That gave me access to a crispy crunchy golden brown, and a more purple-toned deep navy. All told, I’m glad I went back in the cobalt direction! It feels more ‘me’.

I think we’d all agree it’s a little too matchy, buuuuuuuuuttttt… This oversized sweater is REALLY delicious to wear.

An adult woman wearing a handknit sweater with a colourwork yoke.
An adult couple wearing matching knit sweaters and laughing.

more play with colour

Did any of the colour combinations I explored inspire you? You could use your favourite palette above to make one of the designs from the Strange Brew collection – these combinations would work well for Marshland, Almanac, Fleet or Cartography.

Marshland Sweater (link to pattern for sale)
Marshland Sweater
Almanac sweater (link to pattern for sale)
Almanac Sweater
Fleet hat (link to pattern for sale)
Fleet Hat
Cartography sweater (link to pattern for sale)
Cartography sweater has all-over colourwork patterns
10 Comments leave one →
  1. dawn permalink
    October 30, 2019 7:26 am

    You don’t look middle aged far from it those beautiful jumpers of course might be the reason !

  2. October 24, 2019 12:03 pm

    Your work has always made me drool. Absolutely GORGEOUS!

  3. Linda permalink
    October 23, 2019 3:44 pm

    I’ve missed something along the way which sweater did you knit which pattern for the yolk and the color pallet

  4. Florence permalink
    October 18, 2019 1:41 pm

    Lovely Sweaters! I took your advice and purchased Mountain Mist to try for my first colorwork sweater. Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Elizabeth permalink
    October 17, 2019 2:37 pm

    I am so jealous of your crazy knotting skills! Not to mention your designing skills! You have children!
    Here I am taking months( yes months!!!) to finish anything!
    Hi do you find time to knit?
    How did you learn to knit so fast?
    You both are amazing!!!!!

    • Elizabeth permalink
      October 17, 2019 2:38 pm

      Knitting not knotting! Lol!

  6. Liz permalink
    October 16, 2019 2:40 pm

    Idle curiosity…. You mention a graphics program. Is there any 1 you would recommend to a novice IT user please?

  7. October 16, 2019 11:22 am

    Just beautiful.

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