Yawl is part of my “CustomFit Basics” collection – a set of classic garments with simple trims, designed to work in a wide variety of yarns, constructions, silhouettes, and fits. Yawl is a riff on a classic kimono-styled sleeves: It features thick garter trims on all edgings, and roomier straight sleeves. The 3/4 length shown here reduces the volume of the sleeve a bit; at longer lengths, they almost appear belled.
I’ve closed the cardigan with a single large, statement button – the overlapping this produces in the neckline trim adds to the kimono styling with set-in or drop-shoulder sleeves. Keep this look by using a fabric that’s on the sturdier side, like I’ve done – or change it up completely with a fabric that has a lot of drape.
I’m shown here wearing an hourglass average fit with set-in sleeves and full hourglass shaping, but Yawl is also available in drop-shoulder construction and all other silhouettes and fits.
The Yawl Cardigan is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern via my CustomFit custom pattern generator. Upon purchase, you’ll receive a credit for a custom version of Yawl and instructions on how to create it.
Yawl is available as a custom-gauge, custom-size pattern for the yarn and measurements of your choice via CustomFit. It’s shown here on Amy in an “hourglass average fit” with an hourglass silhouette and set-in sleeves. It’s also available with a-line, straight, and tapered silhouettes and/or modified drop-shoulder sleeves. It can be made in all of CustomFit’s fit choices for men, women, or children.
Your own customized version of the Yawl pattern will be written to your gauge, whatever it may be. The design looks great at a variety of gauges.
We worked Yawl in Green Mountain Spinnery Mewesic, in the color Norwegian Woods. This is a soft, delightful woolenspun yarn with a beautiful heathered palette. It makes a fantastic and hardwearing sweater that’s comfortable dressed up or down.
Amy liked Mewesic when worked at around 5.25 stitches to the inch. At that gauge, to make a standard-size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)’’ / 76 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, 106.5, 112, 122, 132, 142, 152.5) cm sweater, you’ll need approximately 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) hanks of the original yarn.
(If you’re using anything else, I strongly recommend Hannah Fettig’s excellent app Stashbot for estimating your yardage needs.)
Yawl is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed, with set-in or modified drop shoulder sleeves.
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