Today we begin a series of previews of the four categories featured in MDK March Mayhem.
The more time we spend with all these patterns, the more we want to knit them. We hope you have the same experience.
(Here is the MDK March Mayhem bracket, in case you are just arriving here and wondering what we are talking about.)
We are clearly living in the Year of the Yoke, the golden age of yokes, a starry time that our descendants will look back on with wonderment and say, “Remember 2017? Remember all those yokes?”
And such an international array of designers. The yoke sweater is the Esperanto of knitting: we can all communicate via our festively colored handknits.
What you see here is a magnificent array of pullovers that begin with a simple idea—a pattern around the neck—taken to ingenious and surprising places. We want to make all these sweaters. We are delighted and amazed.
Reminder: Round 1 voting begins Thursday, March 15.
Have a great time with these patterns—the pattern name links to the pattern’s Ravelry page.
Tensho by Beatrice Perron Dahlen (Portland, Maine)
This yoke evokes the geometric shapes of patchwork and Japanese sashiko embroidery patterns. You will definitely need visibly mended jeans to wear with this.
Galloway by Jared Flood (Portland, Oregon)
A worsted weight, deep-v-neck cardigan that is thoroughly modern, smartly constructed and very stylish.
Ola by Ella Gordon (Lerwick, Shetland Islands)
In Jamieson and Smith 2 ply Jumperweight, so you know it’s proper Shetland. The lowered neck, partial raglan shaping, and geometric folklore motif freshen up the classic form.
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter (Oregon)
The strip of lace in the yoke is a stroke of brilliance from a great yoke designer.
Humulus by Isabell Kraemer (Germany)
An eminently wearable slouchy pullover from a master of slouchy pullovers.
Gamlalòn by Hélène Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Laceweight gauge turns a traditional Icelandic lopapeysa into a sweater that recalls the luminous yokes of the Bohus stickning knitters.
Vodograi by Pelykh Natalie (Kiev, Ukraine)
What if the yoke motif were in cables instead of colorwork? This pullover is a lovely answer to that question.
The Twigs by Junko Okamoto (Japan)
The slouchiest of the slouch shapes, with a monochrome yoke pattern that just keeps going all the way down the sweater.
Gullmarn by Lars Rains
Let a beautiful, slow-changing colorway do the work for you. The purls hiding in this yoke add extraordinary texture.
Monochrome by Katrin Schneider (Alsbach, Germany)
A low-slung yoke and tunic-ish shape make this pullover wearable and wantable.
Noux by Suvi Simola (Finland)
Lovely loose shape. We are suckers for grellow but this sweater would be lovely in many two-color combos.
Fern and Feather by Jennifer Steingass (Maine)
A worsted weight pullover with modern feather yoke motif, clean neckline and nice details like short rows and optional waist shaping.
Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague (Edinburgh, Scotland)
In this easygoing top-down pullover, the yoke pattern melts delicately into the body of the sweater to avoid a sharp line across the chest.
Dog Star by Tin Can Knits (Vancouver, British Columbia)
It’s hard to resist the adorableness of a sweater that is sized from newborn all the way up to adult 4XL. This is a cute classic for all ages.
Ragna by Trin-Annelie (Herrenberg, Germany)
The taste of Bohus at a sport weight gauge. The lovely fading in the color work of the sample is key here.
Skógafjall by Dianna Walla (Montreal, Quebec)
Three tiers of pine trees in a face-framing yoke. Worked the traditional Icelandic way, which makes it speedy.