WIP: Yesteryear Yoke

My crochet project is now underway!

I mentioned in my previous post that I own a top that I’ve only worn once so far – its lace yoke disintegrated at places when I washed it. (Talk about delicate!) I’ve been looking at making a crochet yoke for the top, so I can add it back into my wardrobe. Since I’ve not reached “level=designer” in crochet yet, I looked up patterns that I could use for the yoke, and chose the Yesteryear Top by Mimi Alelis.

Yesteryear Yoke | WIP | Anita

I couldn’t get the suggested gauge with the mercerized cotton thread that I’d chosen for this yoke, but after some calculations, I found that I could still follow instructions for a smaller size from the pattern, and get my desired fit. No conversions needed, yay! 🙂

I’ve not followed crochet patterns before, and this project was the perfect opportunity to learn how to read a crochet chart. Between the clear, closeup pictures in the pattern and the instructions, it wasn’t too difficult to understand how to read the chart that was provided. I’ve completed almost half the project now, and fingers crossed the yoke does fit me fine.

By the way, if I’d assumed that crochet and knitting knowledge, like cycling or swimming, doesn’t fade with lack of use, I was proven wrong here, because I suddenly had doubts about the single crochet stitch(!) – I had to go on Youtube to reacquaint myself with it. 😮 Has this ever happened to you?

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13 thoughts on “WIP: Yesteryear Yoke

    1. Thank you, Ginny! I too hope the lace saves the top. I’m surprised it is turning out well, actually, since the only ‘large’ crochet projects I’ve made are granny square ones, lol. I’m sure you’ll crochet fine when the occasion calls for it. 🙂

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  1. I don’t forget the names of the stitches, but different stitch names in different languages confuse me, especially in crochet – once I mistook the US and UK version of the pattern and I couldn’t figure out why everything was turning out so strange until I figured out that triple crochet in UK is actually what in the US crochet vocabulary is called double crochet. I amended and everything started to make sense. I’m super careful to check the version now before starting!
    And of course, I’m looking forward to the final result, good luck and enjoy your new project!

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    1. These two versions are ridiculous, aren’t they! I’d be okay if the names were completely different – looking up a conversion matrix is no issue – but to have the same name mean two different-but-still-similar things is just disasters waiting to happen…

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  2. The name of the stitch is stored in a different part of the brain than the muscle memory of how to make it. The two can get disconnected in the shuffle of day to day life. With me, I don’t forget how to do the stitch, I just forget what it’s called — much the same phenomenon as recognizing the face but being unable to put a name to it. It’s not that we become forgetful as we age, though, its that as we age our data base becomes larger and larger, and more and more unwieldy. You haven’t actually forgotten things; they’re there, but you often have to hunt for them a while before you find them. I find this a comforting notion.

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    1. It’s true that the least recently used items are pushed to the recesses and are harder to retrieve. And it’s definitely comforting when a slight hint/nudge suffices to bring back the hard-to-remember things!

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  3. Your cotton thread looks so delicate and beautiful. Does it have a bit of shine to it?
    When I started to crochet the Alpine shawl that I am working on I too needed to double check on the YouTube to see where to insert the hook on the beginning of the second row, at the bottom of the turning chain or one next to it, I find it it’s a bit trickier than the knitting 🤔

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    1. The thread is mercerized cotton, which does have a bit of a shine, Elllie.
      The hook insertion at the beginning of a row always used to get me when I was learning, and sometimes, I still feel I’m winging it and somehow managing the right stitch count, lol…

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