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Falling Snowflakes Sweater

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The snow might be blowing outside, but youll stay nice and cozy with the Falling Snowflakes Sweater. This cozy knit sweater pattern features a lovely Fair Isle pattern based off of traditional patterns. Spaced out color patterns mean that youll be able to create this sweater without wrestling with tons of yarn. You can make this pattern to wear at the holidays as a more subtle Christmas sweater. Youll like wooly snowflakes on this sweater much better than the real ones.

Falling Snowflakes Sweater
Falling Snowflakes Sweater

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Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Notes

SIZES
To fit bust measurement
Extra-Small/Small 28-34 ins [ 71-86.5 cm ]
Medium 36-38 ins [ 91.5-96.5 cm ]
Large 40-42 ins [ 101.5-106.5 cm ]
Extra-Large 44-46 ins [ 112-117 cm ]
2/3 Extra-Large 48-54 ins [ 122-137 cm ]
4/5 Extra-Large 56-62 ins [ 142-157.5 cm ]

Finished bust
XS/S 37 ins [ 94 cm ]
Medium 41 ins [ 104 cm ]
Large 45 ins [ 114.5 cm ]
X-Large 49 ins [ 124.5 cm ]
2/3 X-Large 58 ins [ 147.5 cm ]
4/5 X-Large 66 ins [ 167.5 cm ]

 

MATERIALS

  • Yarn Yardage Chart
  • Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 4 st holders.


Gauge
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.

 

Pattern Diagram and Dimensions

 

INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.


Note: When working from charts, carry yarn not in use loosely across WS, but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st or at center point of sts it passes over. The colors are never twisted around one another.


BACK
**With smaller needles and MC, cast on 82 (94-102-110-130-150) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows for 3 ins [7.5 cm], ending with 2nd row and inc 1 (dec 1-dec 1-inc 1-inc 1-dec 1) st at center of last row. 83 (93-101-111-131-149) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st for 1 (1-2-3-5-6½) ins [2.5 (2.5-5-7.5-12.5-16.5) cm], ending with a purl row.
Work Chart IX in stocking st, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right.
Cont in Chart IX until row 42 of chart has been completed.

 

Chart IX Part 1- XS/S, M, L

Chart IX Part 2 - XS/S, M, L

Chart IX Part 1 - XL, 2/3 XL, 4/5 XL

Chart IX Part 2 - XL, 2/3 XL, 4/5 XL


Shape raglans: Keeping cont of Chart IX, cast off 5 (6-7-9-11-15) sts beg of next 2 rows. 73 (81-87-93-109-119) sts.

Cont in chart, noting raglan decs on 3rd and every following 4th row 3 (3-3-0-0-0) times, then every following alt row 4 (4-4-10-10-10) times more. 57 (65-71-71-87-97) sts.**
With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following alt row from previous dec to 35 (41-47-39-57-65) sts.

SizesM, L, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Dec 1 st at each end of needle on next (3-5-9-13) rows.


All sizes: Leave rem 35 (35-37-39-39-39) sts on a st holder.


FRONT
Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following alt row from previous dec to 55 (61-65-61-75-79) sts, ending with a purl row.

Shape neck:

1st row: Work 2tog. K15 (18-19-16-23-25). K2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle. 17 (20-21-18-25-27) sts rem.
2nd row: P2tog. Purl to end of row.
3rd row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 6 (9-10-7-14-16) sts.
Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row 3 (3-2-4-2-0) times more. 2 (5-7-2-11-15) sts.


Sizes M, L, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next (3-5-9-13) rows. 2 sts.


All sizes:Next row: P2tog. Fasten off. With RS of work facing, slip next 17 (17-19-21-21-21) sts onto a st holder. Join MC to rem sts: Sl1. K1.psso. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
2nd row: Purl to last 2 sts. P2togtbl.
3rd row: Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 6 (9-10-7-14-16) sts.
Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row 3 (3-2-4-2-0) times more. 2 (5-7-2-11-15) sts.

Sizes M, L, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next (3-5-9-13) rows. 2 sts.


All sizes:Next row: P2togtbl. Fasten off.


SLEEVES
With smaller needles, cast on 42 (42-46-46-50-50) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2. Rep from *to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows for 3 ins [7.5 cm], ending with 2nd row and dec 1 (dec 1-dec 1-dec 1-inc 1-inc 1) st at center of last row. 41 (41-45-45-51-51) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and every following 6th (8th-8th-6th-4th-2nd) row to 53 (51-55-59-71-77) sts.


Sizes M, L, XL and 4/5XL only: Inc 1 st each end of needle on every following (6th-6th-4th-4th) row to (53-57-61-79) sts.

All sizes: Work 5 (3-3-1-1-1) row(s) even.


Work Chart X in stocking st, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right and noting side incs on 3rd and every following 8th (6th-6th-4th-4th-4th) row 4 (6-6-9-9-9) times more. 63 (67-71-81-91-99) sts.
Cont in Chart X until row 42 of chart has been completed.

Chart X - XS/S, M, L

Chart X - XL, 2/3 XL, 4/5 XL


Shape raglans: Keeping cont of Chart X, cast off 5 (6-7-9-11-15) sts beg of next 2 rows. 53 (55-57-63-69-69) sts.
Cont in chart, noting raglan decs on 3rd and every following 4th row 1 (1-1-1-1-3) time(s) more, then every following alt row 8 (8-8-8-8-4) times. 33 (35-37-43-49-53) sts.
With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on next and every following alt row to 9 sts, ending with a purl row. Leave rem sts on a st holder.


FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements.  Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.  Sew raglan seams, leaving back left raglan open.

Collar: With RS of work facing, smaller needles and MC, K9 from left sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 16 sts down left front neck edge. K17 (17-19-21-21-21) from front st holder, dec 1 st at center.
Pick up and knit 16 sts up right front neck edge. K9 from right sleeve st holder. K35 (35-37-39-39-39) from back st holder. 102 (102-106-110-110-110) sts.
Beg with a 2nd row, work in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back for 3 ins [7.5 cm]. Change to larger needles and cont in (K2. P2) ribbing for 4 ins [10 cm] more. Cast off in ribbing, sew back raglan and collar seam.

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Singysmum-please tell WHERE do you find the printable version? I've just been copying ea piece & pasting them together but a formal printable version would probably be much easier to work with! Thank you!

I clicked on to the 'printable version' then copied and pasted it to a Word document. If you click on the Yarn yardage line next to the picture it will give the amount of yarn needed - copy and paste this to your word page also, then do the same with the diagrams of the pattern. This will give all the instructions and pictures on a separate word doc that you can save to your computer then print when needed.

Does anyone know how to download this pattern ?

Oh My Gosh !!! I have been deep in thought, for several weeks, on what to knit for my foster sister. I had just about given up, when suddenly, I opened the link to this sweater !! Again, Oh my Gosh !! I am 'just tickled pink' , and looking forward to watching Kate's facial expression when she opens this present. Thank you, oh thank you.

Yes. I agree with you all. How much yarn for each color?

Yes PLEASE how many yards of each colour??! Thank you so much. What are the 2 sizes of needles??

I am probably blind but I do not see the amount of yarn needed to complete this sweater. Please help me. Thanks

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