Clothes - Add A Yoke
Yokes are commonly used on nightgowns and
camisoles but are becoming more popular on tops and dresses. They are
usually lacey and delicate; the prettiest part, simply because they are
always seen. Whether you wear a robe, jacket or sweater on top, they
usually have a V-shape.
A yoke simply means a joining of two items.
When you sew, crochet or knit an article of clothing, the yoke refers to
the top breast portion which is attached to the lower half.
Yokes are quite easy to make as they are not
a large article. They can be of any shape and size, round, V-neck, square,
pointed, scalloped, ruffled, thin or wide, and can be made with or without
You can lay or sew them on top of a plain
piece of clothing or you can cut away the portion that you will replace
and sew around the bottom edge.
They can be sewn, knit, crocheted, hairpin
lace, tatted and can be made in parts or all in one piece. Crocheted yokes
can also be made filet crochet or from joined motifs.
Once you have a yoke completed, you can sew
a piece of cloth or knit or crochet a section to attach to the yoke and
create your own camisole or nightie. Attach to plain tops or a dress.
This is a lovely example of a simple crochet
yoke which has been attached to a length of fabric with elastic at the
This pattern was taken from
Richardson's 32 Prize Yokes,
c 1920, containing this and many more patterns.