Sylvan Yoke by Janine Myska

Sylvan Yoke

July 2023
DK (11 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in pattern
3.75 mm (F)
950 - 2500 yards (869 - 2286 m)
9 sizes - XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X 4X, 5X)
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This lightweight, versatile tee is designed to become a year-round closet staple. Crocheted seamlessly from the top-down all in one piece, the Sylvan Yoke is a clean, polished design with several short-rows cleverly placed at the back-neck for a comfortable fit. The eye-catching texture is created using stripes of puff stitches, giving the illusion of horizontal braids rippling from the yoke.

This pattern comes with a free YouTube tutorial for each section of the pattern!


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Yarn: DK—Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK in Caviar

  • 100% Cotton
  • 273 yds (250 m) per 3.5 oz (100 g) skein
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Yardage Required: 4 (4, 5, 5, 7) (8, 8, 9, 10) skeins for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X), or

  • 950 (1050, 1150, 1250, 1650) (1950, 2050, 2300, 2500) yds
  • 869 (960, 1052, 1143, 1509) (1783, 1875, 2103, 2286) m

Substitute Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK with any similar category 3 (DK) light weight yarn that matches gauge. You may also be able to match gauge with some category 2 (sport) weight yarns. Other fiber contents may work too. Always swatch before beginning to ensure you are happy with the resulting fabric.

Hook: Size U.S. F/5 (3.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 locking stitch markers

4 x 4” (10 x 10 cm) = 16 sts and 10 rows in pattern, blocked.

See swatch instructions on page 3.

(Written in U.S. Terms)
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
FHDC: foundation half double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
hdc2tog: half double crochet 2 stitches together
PM: place marker
Ps: Puff Stitch - yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, repeat this sequence pulling up each loop to the same height as the first loop for a total of 5 times (11 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops
rep: repeat
rnd: round
RS: right side
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
sp: space
st(s): stitch(es)
tch: turning chain
WS: wrong side

View the YouTube tutorial linked here and in the pattern for help with this stitch pattern!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizing: This #SizeInclusive top is written in nine sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). Make sure to follow the numbers for your size only. View full sizing chart on next page. An “x” indicates that particular instruction does not apply to your size.

Stitch Counts: Stitch counts are listed after each row/rnd in italics. If no stitch count is given, there has been no change since the previous row/rnd. If only one number is provided, it applies to all sizes.

Turning Chain: The turning chain does count as a stitch when working the puff stitch rows/rounds (it counts as 1 dc + 1 ch). The turning chain does not count as a stitch when working the hdc rows/rounds.

Right Side: The right side is the side facing you when working the hdc rounds as well as the first of the two puff stitch rounds. (The wrong side will be facing you when crocheting the second puff stitch round.) Most of the time, you will have the right side facing you. Be mindful of where the pattern specifies to turn your work at the end of a round.

Construction: This pattern is crocheted in one piece from the top-down. You will begin with the neckline and work a few increase rounds until reaching your unique yoke depth. Then you will work partial rows across the back edge to create short-rows that will help raise the back-neck for a better fitting garment. After the short-rows, you will join your work once again to work in the round while skipping over a specified number of stitches to create two armholes. The body is worked next, and the short sleeves are worked last.

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