One of our oldest sweater patterns, the Bobble Yoke Sweater still delights us with its shifting textures, classic shape, and bitty bobbles!

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

Knit in one piece from the top down, this knit has a few tricks up its sleeve, including a marled yoke shaped by increases disguised as bobbles and a technique for working underarm stitches that avoids both sewing and the Kitchener Stitch.

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

How to improve on such a classic? First, we’ve gone ahead and combined the baby and kids patterns into one. Now the Bobble Yoke Sweater Pattern includes instructions for sizes from 9 months to child size 14, which means there’s no need to buy a new pattern when they’ve outgrown the old one!

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

And second, while the Bobble Yoke Sweater still uses two strands of our incredibly soft Line Weight merino, we’ve dipped into some of Line Weight’s newest colors to freshen up the look. Clear Sky (above) and Lilac Fog (below) are new to the family, while Peony Pink is an oldie-but-goody. All three look like the beautiful first light of day, but they’re not the only route to take.

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho
Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

Over the years, we’ve seen amazing versions of the Bobble Yoke Sweater in every color under the sun. River Rock or Fieldstone Gray with Heirloom White make a serious statement, while Kiln Red, Autumn Oak or Red Plum with Reed Gray or Wheat Flour bring on the cozy. What about Night Blue with Lotus Flower? Have some fun… And knit a classic!

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Laura Ferguson.

Share your progress + connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoBobbleYokeSweater and #PurlSohoLineWeight. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho
  • Main Color (MC): 1 (2, 2, 2) (2, 3, 3) (3, 3, 4, 4) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Line Weight, 100% merino wool. Each skein is approximately 494 yards/ 100 yards; approximately 485 (560, 675, 790) (920, 1195, 1295) (1400, 1480, 1625, 1805) yards required. We used the color Peony Pink for size 9-12 months, Lilac Fog for size 3-4 years, and Clear Sky for child size 6.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Line Weight, approximately 110 (120, 135, 150) (175, 195, 205) (210, 235, 235, 260) yards required. We used the color Heirloom White.
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 16-inch circular needles
  • US 5, 24-inch circular needles
  • A set of US 5 double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers, including one unique
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Bobble Yoke Sweater Pattern

Gauge

24 stitches and 34 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, holding two strands of Main Color

Sizes

9-12 months (18 months, 2 years, 3-4 years) (5 years, child size 6, 7) (8, 10, 12, 14)

To fit actual chest circumference of 18 (19, 20, 22) (24, 24–25, 25–26) (26–27, 27–28, 29-30, 31-32) inches, with approximately 2–4 inches of ease.

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 20 (20¾, 22, 24) (26, 28, 29) (30, 31, 33, 35) inches
  • Finished Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 11¾ (13, 14½, 15¼) (16, 17, 17¾) (18¼, 19, 19, 19¾) inches
  • Finished Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 6 (7, 8, 8½) (8¾, 10, 10½) (11, 11¼, 11½, 12) inches
  • Finished Length from Cuff to Underarm: 6½ (7, 8½, 9½) (11, 12, 12½) (13½, 14, 15¼, 16) inches

Sample: The sweaters shown here are size 9-12 months; size 3-4 years, worn with 3 inches of ease; and child size 6, worn with 4 inches of ease.

Pattern

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho

The Bobble Yoke Sweater Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho
Bobble Yoke Sweater In New Colors | Purl Soho