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Classic Letterman Jacket

There's nothing like a knit cardigan pattern that takes you back to the days of sock hops, soda shops, and tailgating before the high school football game. The Classic Letterman Jacket is the perfect combination of vintage style and team spirit chic. Knit one in the colors of your Alma Mater or whip up the one shown in the photograph. You'll never tire of cheering for your favorite team in the Classic Letterman Jacket.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm

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

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver® (364 yd (333 m): 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins 387 Soft Navy A, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) skein 316 Soft White B
  • RED HEART® Super Tweed® (364 yd (333 m):1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skeins 7911 Mulberry C
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles:4 mm [US 6] and 5 mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle, six ¾” (19 mm) buttons in navy.

 

GAUGE: 17 sts = 4” (10 cm); 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side).
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

Directions are for size X-Small. Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X are in parentheses

Finished Bust: 33 (37, 40, 44, 49, 53)” (84 (94, 101.5, 112, 124.5, 134.5) cm)
Finished Length: 21½ (23, 24, 25, 25½, 26)” (54.5 (58.5, 61, 63.5, 65, 66) cm)


Special Stitches
M1L (Make 1 Left Increase) = Insert left needle from front to back under strand between needles, knit strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.
M1R (Make 1 Right Increase) = Insert left needle from back to front under strand between needles, knit strand through the front
loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.
M1P (Make 1 purl Increase) = Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and purl strand through the back loop, twisting it to
prevent a hole.
ssk = Slip next 2 stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to right needle, insert point of left needle through front of sts, knit these sts together through back loop.


Notes
Cardigan is worked in five pieces: Back, two Fronts, and two Sleeves. Each piece is worked from lower edge upwards. Front bands and neck band are worked after main five pieces are seamed across raglan, sleeve, and side edges.

 

Classic Letterman Jacket Chart


BACK
With smaller needles and A, cast on 66 (74, 82, 90, 98, 106) sts.
Row 1 (right side): With A, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: (wrong side): With B, purl.
Row 3: With B, repeat Row 1.
Rows 4 and 5: With A, repeat Rows 2 and 3
Rows 6–13: Repeat Rows 2–5 twice.
Change to larger needles. Cut B and continue with A only.
Row 14 (increase row): [P13 (15, 16, 18, 14, 15), M1P] 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6) times, purl to end of row—70 (78, 86, 94, 104, 112) sts.
Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures 13½ (14½, 14½, 14½, 14½, 14)” (34.5 (37, 37, 37, 37, 35.5) cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.


Shape Raglan Armholes
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, knit to end of row—66 (73, 80, 88, 96, 104) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, purl to end of row—62 (68, 74, 82, 88, 96) sts.
Decrease Row: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—60 (66, 72, 80, 86, 94) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat last 2 rows 15 (15, 16, 19, 19, 22) times—30 (36, 40, 42, 48, 50) sts.
Repeat Decrease Row—28 (34, 38, 40, 46, 48) sts.
Next 3 Rows: Work even in Stockinette st for 3 rows.
Repeat Decrease Row—26 (32, 36, 38, 44, 46) sts.
Repeat last 4 rows 2 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) more times—22 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36) sts.
Bind off.
 

RIGHT FRONT


With smaller needles and A, cast on 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 52) sts.
Row 1 (right side): With A, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: With B, purl.
Row 3: With B, repeat Row 1.
Rows 4 and 5: With A, repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Rows 6–13: Repeat Rows 2–5 twice.
Change to larger needles. Cut B and continue with A only.
Row 14: [P10 (11, 13, 14, 15, 17), M1P] twice, purl to end of row—32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 54) sts.
Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures 13½ (14½, 14½, 14½, 14½, 14)” (34.5 (37, 37, 37, 37, 35.5) cm; end with a right side row.


Shape Raglan Armhole
Row 1 (wrong side): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, purl to end of row—28 (31, 34, 38, 40, 46) sts.
Decrease Row: Knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—27 (30, 33, 37, 39, 45) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat last 2 rows 15 (15, 16, 19, 19, 22) times—12 (15, 17, 18, 20, 23) sts.


Shape Neck and Continue Raglan Shaping
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 2 (2, 1, 2, 1, 4) sts, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—9 (12, 15, 15, 18, 18) sts.
Rows 2–4: Work even in Stockinette st for 3 rows.
Row 5: Bind off 2 sts, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—6 (9, 12, 12, 15, 15) sts.
Repeat last 4 rows 0 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3) more time(s)—6 sts.
Next 3 Rows: Work even in Stockinette st for 3 rows.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, knit to last 3 sts,
k2tog, k1—3 sts.
Bind off.


LEFT FRONT

Work same as Right Front to raglan shaping; end with a wrong side row


Shape Raglan Armhole
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, knit to end of row—28 (31, 34, 38, 40, 46) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Decrease Row: K2, ssk, knit to end of row—27 (30, 33, 37, 39, 45) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 15 (15, 16, 19, 19, 22) times—12 (15, 17, 18, 20, 23) sts.
Shape Neck and Continue Raglan Shaping
Row 1 (wrong side): Bind off 2 (2, 1, 2, 1, 4) sts, purl to end of row—10 (13, 16, 16, 19, 19) sts.
Row 2: K2, ssk, knit to end of row—9 (12, 15, 15, 18, 18) sts.
Rows 3 and 4: Work even in Stockinette st for 2 rows.
Row 5: Bind off 2 sts, purl to end of row—7 (10, 13, 13, 16, 16) sts.
Row 6: K2, ssk, knit to end of row—6 (9, 12, 12, 15, 15) sts.
Repeat last 4 rows 0 (1, 2, 2, 3, 3) more time(s)—6 sts.
Next 2 Rows: Work even in Stockinette st for 2 rows.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts—1 st remains.
Fasten off.


LEFT SLEEVE

With C and smaller needles, cast on 30 (34, 38, 38, 42, 46) sts.
Row 1 (right side): With C, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 (wrong side): With B, purl.
Row 3: With B, repeat Row 1.
Rows 4 and 5: With C, repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Rows 6–13: Repeat Rows 2–5 twice.
Change to larger needles. Cut B and continue with C only
Row 14 (increase row): [P10 (11, 13, 8, 8, 9), M1P] 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4) times, purl to end of row—32 (36, 40, 42, 46, 50) sts.
Work even in Stockinette st for 6 rows.
Increase Row (right side): K1, M1R, knit to last st, M1L, k1—34 (38, 42, 44, 48, 52) sts.
Work even in Stockinette st for 5 rows.
Repeat Increase Row—36 (40, 44, 46, 50, 54) sts.
Repeat last 6 rows 8 (3, 10, 14, 11, 12) more times—52 (46, 64, 74, 72, 78) sts.

 

Sizes X-Small (Small, Medium, X-Large, XX-Large) ONLY:
Work even Stockinette st for 7 rows.
Repeat Increase Row—54 (48, 66, 74, 80) sts.
Repeat last 8 rows 2 (6, 1, 1, 1) more time(s)—58 (60, 68, 76, 82) sts.

 

All Sizes
Work even in Stockinette st until piece measures about 16½ (17, 18, 18½, 19, 19½)” (42 (43, 46, 47, 48, 49) cm; end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Raglan Cap
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, knit to end of row—54 (55, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (5, 6, 6, 8, 8) sts, purl to end of row—50 (50, 56, 62, 60, 66) sts.
Decrease Row (right side): K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2—48 (48, 54, 60, 58, 64) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Repeat Decrease Row—46 (46, 52, 58, 56, 62) sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 18 (18, 21, 22, 20, 22) more times—10 (10, 10, 14, 16, 18) sts.
Work even in Stockinette st for 3 rows.
Repeat Decrease Row—8 (8, 8, 12, 14, 16) sts.
Repeat last 4 rows 1 (1, 1, 3, 4, 5) more time(s)—6 sts.

 

Shape Top/Neck Edge
Next Row (wrong side): Bind off 2 sts, purl to end of row—4 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows once more—2 sts.
Bind off remaining 2 sts.

 

RIGHT SLEEVE

Work same as Left Sleeve until 6 sts remain.

 

Shape Top/Neck Edge
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row (right side): Bind off 2 sts, knit to
end of row—4 sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times.
Fasten off.

 

FINISHING

Sew raglan seams. Sew side and sleeve seams.

 

Button Band
With right side facing, smaller needles and A, beginning at left front neck edge, pick up and k80 (88, 88, 90, 92, 94) sts evenly spaced across left front edge.
Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 7 rows.
Bind off all sts.

 

Buttonhole Band
With right side facing, smaller needles and A, beginning at lower edge of right front, pick up and k80 (88, 88, 90, 92, 94) sts evenly spaced across right front edge.
Work in Garter st for 4 rows.
Buttonhole Row (wrong side): K6 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts, *k2tog, yarn over, k12 (13, 13, 13, 13, 13); repeat from * 4 times, k2tog, yarn over, knit to end of row.
Work in Garter st for 3 rows.
Bind off all sts.

 

Neck Band
With right side facing, smaller needles and A, pick up and knit 5 sts across the top of buttonhole band, 13 (15, 16, 17, 19, 20) sts across right front neck, 6 sts across top of right sleeve, 22 (26, 28, 30, 34, 36) sts across back neck, 6 sts across top of left sleeve, 13 (15, 16, 17, 19, 20) sts across left front neck and 5 sts across top of button band—70 (78, 82, 86, 94, 98) sts.
Row 1 (wrong side): Cut A, slip first 8 sts from left needle to right needle, rejoin A, *p2, k2;
repeat from * to last 10 sts, p2, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 2: With B, ssk, knit to last 9 sts, k2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 3: P2tog, k1, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 9 sts, p2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 4: With A, ssk, knit to last 7 sts, k2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 5: P2tog, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 7 sts, p2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to
right needle, turn.
Row 6: With B, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 7: P2tog, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 5 sts, p2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 8: With A, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 9: P2tog, k2 *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, p2tog, slip 1 st from left needle to right needle, turn.
Row 10: Bind off in rib until 2 sts remain on left needle, p2tog, then continue to bind off.


FINISHING

Sew buttons to button band, opposite buttonholes
Sew around edges of buttonholes to strengthen.
Weave in ends and block cardigan lightly.

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