Hello, Dear Friends!
I’m coming to you again this week with ANOTHER great and FREE pattern. You read that right F-R-E-E. I’ve made this shirt a total of three times and made some small tweeks to each one. This pattern is the YOKO sweater by Jalie Patterns and it is absolutely perfect for any fall or winter day. The cowl neck collar gives it the coziest feeling like you’re being wrapped up in a blanket.
The original one that I made was in a black ribbed knit that had some sort of fleece lining to make it soft and dreamy. I think I had about 1 ⅓ yards but it wasn’t enough to make it with long sleeves, so I cut it to 3/4ths length. As you can see in this version, the neckline is more of a turtleneck and not a true cowl like the pattern describes. I’m diggin’ it though because I love a good turtleneck.
I found that this pattern has a very similar fit to the Mandy Boat Tee! Which is another free pattern that I use on a regular basis. The YOKO flares a little more at the bottom giving it a flattering drape. Maybe even a little more flattering than the Mandy Boat Tee. For both versions of the YOKO I made a size medium and took about 3 inches off the length. I knew I would want to tuck them into skirts and pants and the full tunic length wouldn’t have worked as well. But I do want to make a few full length ones and maybe even hack into a sweater dress! That would be so lovely.
The cheetah print sweater knit I’ve had in my stash since last year. I’m not 100% positive what kind of fibers it is because it came off a remnant table with no information on it’s contents. But it is super soft and cozy. I did want to to have a bigger cowl neckline so I had to make a few adjustments to achieve this.
1.) First I cut the neckline on the front and the back bodice piece back by 1 inch.
2.) I added 2 inches to the width of the collar.
3.) I added about 5 inches to the height of the collar.
I also added sleeve cuffs. But since it was a last minute thought, and I already cut the sleeves out, it wasn’t super successful. I left them because they were not terrible, but cuffs work better when your original sleeve has more volume.
Overall, I absolutely love this pattern and recommend it to everyone! It’s a super simple make with only five pieces including both sleeves.