Yarn Forward patterns: Green Day and Scoopneck

Green Day from Yarn Forward Magazine, No. 13 (June 2009)

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I have been waiting months to post about these two projects! Back in December, I submitted two project proposals to Shannon Okey, the editor of Yarn Forward Magazine. They were accepted, but I needed to turn around both projects in 6 weeks! Indeed, this winter’s frantic knitting frenzy partly explains the major burnout I feel now. Or more likely, finishing the Katharine Hepburn Cardigan crushed my will to knit


Pattern: Green Day Cardigan, in Yarn Forward Magazine No. 13, May 2009, shown in 22″ size

Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)

I intended this to be a functional, unisex baby cardigan. All of the pieces are worked flat and seamed together, although it would not be hard to knit this seamlessly in the round. I used some Dalegarn Heilo I bought last fall while visiting my parents on Cape Cod. Heilo offers wonderful stitch definition for cables!


Unfortunately, Beatrix was not at home when Green Day came off the blocking table and since it went straight into the mail, I do not have modeled photos of this!

Button band


The second pattern, Scoopneck, is due out next week in the next issue of Yarn Forward. I designed this specifically with wearability in mind. The yarn is one of my favorites (Harrisville Designs New England Shetland); it is light and airy but offers a tremendous amount of warmth with really wonderful drape. Besides, it comes in 56 amazing and tweedy colors. What’s not to love?

Scoopneck from Yarn Forward Magazine No. 14 (June 2009)

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 Pattern: Scoopneck, from Yarn Forward Magazine No. 14, June 2009, shown in 35″ size

Yarn: Harrisville Designs New England Shetland, in “Topaz”

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)

Front view

The lace pattern is simple and easy to memorize but does not interfere too much with the body and arm shaping. 

Scoopneck blocking

Scoopneck is knit in the round to the armholes, when the sleeve caps are worked back and forth; the shoulders are joined by a three-needle bind-off to minimize seaming. 

Set-in sleeve detail

This project was actually the first one in which I used Aaron’s set-in sleeve calculator. Not a bad fit, eh? Math is brilliant when someone else does it!

Side view

Although a British publication, Yarn Forward Magazine can be found at Barnes & Noble and some LYSs in the US; copies can also be purchased online here. When the pattern rights revert to me later this fall, I will offer the pattern for sale here.

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28 comments so far

  1. mai on

    both patterns look great! congrats :) i’ll have to check and see if my local bookstore has a copy.

  2. Steph on

    Awesome patterns. I love the way the lace on the sweater makes the stitches flow in waves.

  3. Hege on

    The babay cardigan is beautiful! Even though I’m norwegian, I haven’t knitted with Heilo yet ;)

  4. Clumsy Knitter on

    Congrats on the sweaters! I subscribe to the digital version of the magazine, and I remember really liking the child’s sweater when it came out. I’m looking forward to the next issue and your scoopneck pattern! :)

  5. Krista on

    i don’t usually like lace but i really like the scoop & plan to make. Simple and stunning. Fine work!

  6. travellersyarn on

    I love them both! The lace sweater is elegant and classic, and wearable. I especially love the idea of unisex baby sweaters – I can imagine knitting a few of these in red.

  7. Sprocket on

    Love the baby sweater. Am going to download the issue right now and queue it up in Ravelry!

  8. grumperina on

    Fabulous designs! Congratulations!

  9. Michelle on

    Two beautiful patterns, congratulations!

  10. Lisa on

    These are two beautiful designs! The child sweater is really lovely.

  11. kate on

    awesome! both designs are beautiful. congrats!

  12. Chris on

    Congrats! They’re both lovely.

  13. tiennie on

    You have been on quite the amazing designing run! You are very talented. :)

  14. Melissa on

    I love both of these patterns so much – congratulations! I’m really thrilled for you!!

  15. kerry on

    Congratulations! Both patterns are gorgeous!

  16. whitney on

    They both look awesome! I was so excited when I saw these pop up on my Ravelry friends page. Congrats!!

  17. Mandy on

    Wow!! Two beautiful and wearable designs. Great work.

  18. yvonne on

    Beautiful work – lovely wearable designs that real people will actually knit and wear!

  19. Lawanna on

    WOW!!! Congrats on BOTH of these gorgeous designs! Way to go!

  20. Emilee on

    Oof, I understand the post-deadline burnout. Lovely designs!

  21. Rachel on

    Oh wow, those are both gorgeous! Congrats, and I’m looking forward to seeing the magazine!

  22. riotyarn on

    I like them both!

  23. Linda on

    Two Beautiful Sweaters Congratulations!!!

  24. Ann on

    Congratulations! The 2 patterns are gorgeous & you have done a fantastic job!

  25. leslie on

    congratulations, elinor!!!
    these patterns are fabulous!!!!

  26. Rose (FrenchConnection on Ravelry) on

    Do you know of an online yarn store in Canada or the U.S. where I could order the issue (#13) of Yarn Forward magazine? Your pattern (like all your patterns!) is gorgeous. I tried to get an issue last evening at a great magazine store in Halifax, N.S. but they had only brought in few copies and were sold out. They have put my name on a list for future issues.
    Any information would be much appreciated.

  27. Christine on

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’re an international published designer now! Woo HOO! Gorgeous patterns. :)

  28. nova on

    I mentioned it over on flickr; but,I will say it here too; those designs of yours are fabulous. I especially like Green Day.

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