Helleborus Yoke

Experienced cardigan with side-to-side seamless yoke construction. A band of cables, shaped with short-rows, curves around the yoke. Short sleeves, moss stitch, and a tweedy worsted weight make for a classic layering piece.

Designer Mathew Gnagy
Finished Sizes 38 (43½, 52, 57½, 65½)" bust; shown in size 38", modeled with 4" positive ease
Yarn Tahki Tweedy Alpaca (60% wool, 30% alpaca, 7% acrylic, 3% rayon; 81 yd [74 m]/50 g):
• #13 dark olive, 10 (11, 14, 17, 20) balls
Gauge 15 sts and 23 rows = 4" in moss st on larger needles; yoke cable panel = 7" wide
• Size 10½ (6.5 mm) needles
• Size 8 (5 mm): 24" circular (cir) needle
• Marker (m)
• Removable markers
• Cable needle (cn)
• Large stitch holder or spare cir needle
• Yarn needle
• Seven ¾" buttons


Note to Knitter:There is no error in the collar. The pattern as written in Knitscene Winter/Spring 2010 will produce a lovely finished garment, but the collar across all sizes may not look exactly the same. The designer has come up with alternate ways to work it and has independently published these modifications on ravelry.com; however, Interweave stands by our published pattern. Side note: The designer is redesigning this project with an alternate collar for another publication. IW will make that collar treatment available to readers; however, the revised pattern won't be available for a few months.

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5 thoughts on “Helleborus Yoke

  1. Is this pattern sized only for larger women (because the model looks anything but a plus-sized woman)?  Are there instructions for making a cardi for a bust size of 34-36?

  2. Hey there…there is a size missing in the size charts. The smallest size is the 38″ finished. The Magazine is printing the finished measurements of the garment. I am not super clear on the discrepancy in the measurements. Perhaps the size of the repeat makes it hard to scale efficiently. The smallest size should fit a 34″ When writing the pattern, my goal was to have a size spread for 34 bust through 50 bust…apparently something changed in the editing…I am looking into it.



  3. I couldn’t agree more.  I did the smallest size and I just spent the morning ripping out the ENTIRE sweater which I tried on and was swimming in.  It was so disheartening.  I hate ripping, but especially when all you have left to do is block and ad buttons!  On the positive side, it only took 4 days to knit!  Great pattern, but would love a 34″ bust measurement.