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Garter Stitch Jackets

These easy knit cardigan patterns will bring a smile to your face. A perfect back to school knit, these colorful Garter Stitch Jackets are sure to have your kids looking great. Get a two-for-one deal with this pattern from Patons. These are great beginner knitting projects because they are made using one of the easiest knitting stitches. Want to add a little variety? Sew in a zipper for the girl's version or attach some toggle buttons for the boy's. Your kids are going to love it when you learn how to knit a sweater as fun as these two.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

Boy's Version

  • Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz; 161 yds/147 m) 6 (7, 7, 8) balls
  • Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain
  • tension
  • 4 toggles

Girl's Version

  • Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz; 161 yds/147 m) 6 (7, 8, 9) balls
  • Size 3.75 mm (U.S. 5) knitting needles or size needed to obtain
  • tension.
  • Separating zipper

 

 

Gauge/Tension: 21 sts and 42 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in garter st.

 

 


Measurements:

Chest measurement:

  • 2 22 ins [ 56 cm ]
  • 4 24 ins [ 61 cm ]
  • 6 26 ins [ 66 cm ]
  • 8 28 ins [ 71 cm ]

Finished chest:

  • 2 25 ins [ 61 cm ]
  • 4 29 ins [73.5cm ]
  • 6 32 ins [81.5cm ]
  • 8 35 ins [89 cm ]

 

 

 

Abbreviations:

  • Beg = beginning
  • cont = continue(ity)
  • Inc = Increase(ing)
  • K = knit
  • k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
  • M1 = Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop.
  • RS = right side
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • WS = wrong side

 

 


Instructions:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

 

 

BODY
 

Note: Body is worked in one piece sideways.
 

Left Sleeve: Cast on 34 (36-36- 40) sts. Knit 6 rows (garter st). Inc 1 st each end of needle on next and following 4th rows until there are 46 (50-50-52) sts, then every following 6th row to 56 (62-68-74) sts. Cont even in garter st for 34 (40-32-40) rows more ending with RS facing for next row.
Boy’s Version only: Cast on 40 (45-57-63) sts beg next 2 rows. Place markers each end of needle. 136 (152-182-200) sts.
Girl’s Version only: Cast on 57 (78-89-100) sts beg next 2 rows. Place markers each end of needle. 170 (218-246-274) sts.
Both Versions: Proceed in garter st (knit every row) until work from markers measures 3¼ (4¼-4¾- 5½) ins [8.5 (11-12-14) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.

 

 

BACK: K68 (76-91-100) for Boy’s Version or K85 (109-123-137) for Girl’s Version. Turn. Leave rem 68 (76-91-100) sts for Boy’s Version or 85 (109-123-137) sts for Girl’s Version on st holder. Place second set of markers at each end of needle.
Proceed in garter st until work from second set of markers measures 6 (6-6½-6½) ins [15 (15- 16.5-16.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Leave sts on spare needle.

 

 

LEFT FRONT: With RS of work facing rejoin yarn to sts on st holder.
Neck shaping: Next row: K2tog. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog. Rep last 2 rows 6 times more.
Boy’s Version only: 54 (62-77-86) sts.
Girl’s Version only: 71 (95-109- 123) sts.
Both Versions: Cont even in garter st until work from first set of markers measures 6¼ (7¼-8-8¾) ins [16 (18.5-20.5-22) cm] ending with WS facing for next row.
Cast off knitwise.
Boy’s Version only: Right Front: Cast on 44 (52-67-76) sts. Work 7 rows in garter st noting first row is WS, ending with RS facing for next row.
Cast on 10 sts beg next row. 54 (62-77-86) sts.
Girl’s Version only: Right Front: Cast on 71 (95-109-123) sts.
Both Versions: Cont even in garter st until work from beg measures 3¾ (3¾-4-4) ins [9.5 (9.5-10-10) cm] for Boy’s Version or 3 (3-3¼-3¼) ins [7.5 (7.5-8.5- 8.5) cm] for Girl’s Version ending with RS facing for next row.
Neck shaping: Next row: K1. M1. Knit to end of row.
Next row: Knit to last st. M1. K1. Rep last 2 rows 6 times more.
Boy’s Version only: 68 (76-91- 100) sts. Leave these sts on spare needle.
Girl’s Version only: 85 (109-123- 137) sts. Leave these sts on spare needle.
Both Versions: Joining row: With RS of work facing, rejoin yarn to sts from Back st holder. Knit these sts, then knit sts from spare needle. Place third set of markers.
Boy’s Version: 136 (152-182-200) sts.
Girl’s Version: 170 (218-246-274) sts.
Both Versions: Proceed in garter st until work from third set of markers measures 3¼ (4¼-4¾- 5½) ins [8.5 (11-12-14) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Boy’s Version only: Cast off 40 (45-57-63) sts beg next 2 rows. Place fourth set of markers each end of needle. 56 (62-68-74) sts.
Girl’s Version only: Cast off 57 (78-89-100) sts beg next 2 rows. Place fourth set of markers each end of needle. 56 (62-68-74) sts.
Both Versions: Right Sleeve: Cont in garter st for 34 (40-32-40) rows ending with RS facing for next row.
Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and following 6th rows until there are 46 (50-50-52) sts, then every following 4th row to 34 (36- 36-40) sts. Work 6 rows even ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off knitwise.

 

 

HOOD
Cast on 108 (112-120-128) sts.
Proceed in garter st until work from beg measures 9½ (10-10½- 11) ins [24 (25.5-26.5-28) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.
Hood shaping: Next row: K98 (102-108-118). Turn. Leave rem sts on spare needle.
Next row: K88 (92-98-108). Turn.
Next row: K78 (82-88-98). Turn.
Next row: K68 (72-78-88). Turn.
Next row: K58 (62-68-78). Turn.
Next row: K48 (52-58-68). Turn.
Next row: K38 (42-48-58).
Leave rem sts on a st holder (center back). Break yarn leaving a long end. Fold hood in half. Divide rem sts onto 2 needles and graft center back seam. Sew sleeve and side seams. Sew hood to neck edge.

FINISHING
Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth leaving to dry.
 

 

Boy’s Version only: Cord casing: Place markers each end of jacket 1 inch [2.5 cm] up from bottom. Fold along marked line to WS and sew in position leaving ends open to insert Cord.
Cord: Cut 4 strands of yarn 88 ins [223.5 cm] long. With all strands tog hold one end and with someone holding other end, twist strands to the right until they begin to curl. Fold the 2 ends tog and tie in a knot so they will not unravel. The strands will now twist themselves tog. Adjust length if desired. Thread cord through opening and tie.
Toggle Loops: (Make 4). Cut 2 strands of yarn 7 ins [18 cm] long. Work as given for Cord. Fold in half and sew in position as illustrated. Sew on toggles to correspond to toggle loops.
 

 

Girl’s Version only: Sew in zipper.

 

 

 

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Is there an adult version of this jacket? If so, where can I find it? Thanks.

Sorry my question is about instructions for the right front. It was easy to make up to the beginning of this. My neck shaping is at the shoulder not the neck. Also at row 8 of this section the spot of cast on 10 stitches simply leaves a notch in the front placket. after knitting for 3.5 inches the necks shaping appears at the shoulder. i am making this for my granddaughters birthday in 2 weeks so please help.

If your neck shaping is at the shoulder then you have completed the instructions in reverse. The cast on of 10 stitches should not be noticeable if you use a knitted cast on which is what is recommended for adding stitches in the middle of a pattern piece. If you tear it back and start at the beginning of the piece that gave you trouble and follow the instructions carefully, I'm sure you'll get it all worked out.

I am having a terrible time with the making of the L front of this sweater. I am making the boy's version. Ha anyone made this sweater?are the directions for the back and right front correct??? Thanks for any help. Ginny I love the first 2/3 of this pattern. But cannot finish without help ASAP. Ginny

This is cute and I am wondering if anyone has knit one up yet and how easy is it really?

Just joined a Knit and Natter group and will be knitting for charity, these patterns are just right to help use up a stash of yarn built up over many years.

would like adult version of this jacket.

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