Good morning! Here is today’s yoke from my new book – Bluebells. In the 1950s and 60s, there was a particularly popular style of sweater featuring a rather narrow circular yoke. In such garments, the sleeve and body shaping tended to be a little more neatly tailored than other circular yokes, and the colourwork motifs were placed high up on the neck, necklace style. I wanted to include one of these necklace-yoked sweaters in the collection, and this is what I came up with.


There’s really no need of much explanation for where I drew inspiration for the design.


One of my favourite wild flowers, bluebells transform the woods and glens with their luminous glow throughout the month of May and are one of the undoubted highlights of a Scottish spring.


Bluebell flowers seem particularly lovely to me when they flip upwards just before they turn to seed, and this is how I represented them in my chart.


Bluebells encircle the neck of this garment like a garland, and the floral motifs are echoed in colourwork bands at the hem and cuffs.


Jamieson and Smith shade FC37 really is the perfect bluebell blue, and the chart also features two of my all-time favourite greens – FC11 and FC24. The finished sweater is neat, simple, and easy to wear – even on a very breezy day like the one on which we took these photographs.



These photographs were taken in late summer, above the Blane Valley, a place which in the spring is awash with bluebells. I knit this sweater during bluebell season, and loved to see how bluebells took over the woodland and darker north-facing slopes of the valley, bringing them to life with their luminous glow.


You can find more information about Bluebells here
And Yokes is now available to pre-order here


32 thoughts on “Bluebells

  1. So…as always, your sweaters are beautiful, and stunningly presented. But what caught my attention today is your SKIRT! In the thumbnail I thought it was chiffon or silk, the way it was billowing. Then in the other pictures, it seems like it has more heft to it, like a light wool crepe. Looks like a circle skirt (maybe gored?) on a curved yoke. But is the hem plain, or is it–I don’t know what it’s called, when the bottom of the skirt is gathered into a lining. Did you make it? It is stunning, and I’d like to make something like it. Thanks for your blog and designs, always a pleasure.


  2. Kate, I came here for your beautiful photography but have stayed for your thoughtful writing, beautiful knitting and now, the most stunning collection of patterns. I love that they span the globe’s north as well as the centuries. None of them feel stuffy or derivative. Keith Moon is brilliant!

    I’m a knitter, but a guy and don’t have anyone to knit these for but thanks for sharing your brilliance.



  3. Sorry if this appears twice: my lost post just sat there apparently unsent and so I refreshed the page and lost it! I think the colour and style of this one is fabulous, but would appreciate some support. 1) I have only ever knitted small things like socks and baby jumpers in 4ply and am a bit daunted by the idea of knitting a fulll sized garment: do I just need to take a grip and get on with iit and I might not find it as bad as I expect?!! 2) this wool looks amazing, with a depth of tone in the dye that really makes the colours sing. However I have really quite sensitive skin and rarely wear pure wool next to it. Has anyone with similar problems got experience of wearing it? It would seem a pity not to use the recommended wool, but if there is any suspicion that it is remotely itchy-scratchy I will probably need to find something with a bit of synthetic yarn mixed in for the sake of softness. I would be grateful for any advice. Thank you, fellow knitters! Clara


  4. Kate, this collection is simply the best. I want to knit them all, but seeing this bluebell actually made tears sting my eyes. It’s just beautiful and made me miss home. The bluebells always bring me back to my childhood playing in the woods and running through that pretty carpet of flowers. This is another must knit. Thanks!


  5. Love the sweaters so far, have ordered my book and have staked out the mailbox with needles in hand! I do have a question…is it possible to alter the sweaters to make the back a bit higher than the front. I have a problem with the back slipping and the front neck rising up.


    1. Hi – many of the patterns in this collection include short row shaping at the back neck to eliminate this problem. You’ll see the difference in measurement in the back yoke / front yoke depth of each pattern described in the sizing tables. If, after checking these measurements, you think you would prefer more height at the back than the pattern allows, simply add in a few more short rows when you reach that section.


  6. This sweater is really taking me back! In the sixties, all the girls wanted sweaters like this! An old brand, Villager, made these rich wool sweaters with matching wool skirts. They were well made and lasted forever! I wore mine all through high school and college. They were expensive for that time, so we treasured them.
    I guess I am part of Yoke History! LOL Thanks, Kate! Loving this lovely bluebell!


  7. This is my favourite jumper in the group. I love the motif, the colours, and the shape. To my eyes it’s perfect, and (as usua) the photos are really lovely. You are doing a great job Kate…


  8. Bluebells are one of my favourite flowers and here is another great reason to like them. We take a great deal of care in designing and colouring our yarns and it is brilliant to see talented designers like Kate work her magic on them! Many thanks Kate.


  9. How on earth are we to choose which beautiful yoke to knit! I love them all…. I have also enjoyed reading your posts about each pattern. Light and happiness seems to weave all the designs together and I think that is what I will be thinking about when I start to knit one.


  10. Wow-beautiful colours and the photographs are all your style,Kate..and your writing..can’t wait to get stuck in to the new book !!


  11. absolutely beautiful! I’ve been thinking alot about yokes lately as saw one on an old tv show and thought it looked beautiful, am dying to make something with one on it! Interesting to see you have used it on a cardi, as I much prefer cardigans to jumpers, so might have to give it a go!


  12. Beautiful as ever! One must experience the bounty of bluebells in person, it is indescribable and not even the most professional photos do it justice! Something I love in Scotland are the “Scottish bluebell” matches, which are hard to get right now.
    Can’t wait for the book to be in my postbox!


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