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How to Knit a Yoke on a T-Shirt

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1



Knitted Yoke T-Shirt

Rainbow Striped T-Shirt

Dress up a plain white T-Shirt or even a colored one with a hand-knitted yoke. This one is made with the colors of the rainbow.

Instructions and
Things You'll Need:

100% cotton worsted weight yarn about:
 50 yards- red
50 yards- orange
50 yards- yellow
50 yards- green
50 yards- blue
 50 yards- purple
 25 yards- white
24 inch circular needle size 7
16 inch circular needle size 5
2-1/2 yards red embroidery floss
row marker
 ruler and washable marker


Measure Neck

Step 1...
Prepare the T-shirt, wash and dry. Iron. Lay the T-shirt on a smooth, flat surface.
Using a ruler, measure down 5 inches from the bottom of the neck ribbing and mark
with a washable fabric pen.
Continue to measure and mark until the whole yoke has been marked.


Mark Neck

Step 2...
Connect the marks to make one continuous line.
Using the ruler, divide the line into 1 inch sections.




Attach yarn

Step 3...
Thread the embroidery floss in a needle. Beginning on the right shoulder and working around the front of the yoke, loosely sew along the drawn line. Use a running stitch, make 4 stitches per inch.
Don't pull tight, it will make the T-shirt pucker. Attach yarn to the stitches. Using the size 7-24 inch circular needle.


Put in stitches

Step 4...
Start on the right shoulder and hold the neck edge toward you.
As you pick up the stitches for knitting, keep the running stitches from causing gathers in the shirt.

Step 5...

Round 1: Turn the T-shirt so the neck edge is away from you. With red, knit around, evenly increasing or decreasing to a multiple of 12.
Rounds 2-5: Knit around.
Round 6:(p 10, P2 tog) around.
Rounds 7-11: With orange, knit around.
Round 12: (P9, P2 tog) around.
Rounds 13-17: With yellow, knit around
Round 18: (P8, P2 tog) around.
Rounds 19-23:With green, knit around.
Round 24: (P7, P2 tog), around.
Rounds 25-29: With blue, knit around.
Round 30: (P6, P2 tog), around
Rounds 31-35: With purple, knit around.
Round 36: Purl around, evenly decreasing to 88 stitches
Round 37: With white, knit around.
Change to size 5 needle, work K2, P2 ribbing for 1 inch.
Bind off all stitches loosely. Finish off.



Jun 15, 2010 7:59pm
I love this! I've been waiting two days to read it but it wasn't available. I didn't realize there was a lag time before approval. But it's great and I'm going to try it. I wasn't sure about attaching the yarn to the shirt but the floss makes so much sense. Great article and perfect illustrations and photos.
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