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Cozy Hourglass Sweater

Envelop yourself in the Cozy Hourglass Sweater. This luxurious knit sweater pattern is the perfect mix of sophistication and comfort. A simple stockinette stitch body is accented by a cozy cowl neckline and pretty lacework panel. Perfect for cool evenings by the fire or a breezy night out, the Cozy Hourglass Sweater is an effortlessly elegant piece you'll love being able to say you made.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Materials:

  • Yarn: Deborah Norville Collection Alpaca Dance by Premier Yarns (75% Acrylic/25% Alpaca; 371 yards/340 meters; 3½ ounces/100 grams)
    • 07 Lemon Lime, 5 (6, 6, 7) balls
  • Knitting Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and 8 (5mm) 24" circular and set of 4 double-point needles or size to obtain gauge
  • Extras: Stitch holders, stitch markers, yarn needle

 

 

Gauge - 20 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st. Use any size needles necessary to obtain specified gauge.

 

 

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 39 (43, 47, 51)"
Length: 28 (28½, 29, 30½)"

 

 

SPECIAL TERMS
Wrap & Turn: Slip next st, bring yarn to the front between the needle tips, slip the st just slipped back onto left-hand needle, turn work. To pick up the wraps, insert the needle through the wrap and knit it tog with st it is wrapping.

 

PATTERN STITCH


Tiger Eye:
Rnds 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15: Knit. When working in rows, these will be purl rows on the WS.
Rnd 2: K2, [yo, k2tog] twice, k1, (yo) 4 times, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, (yo) 4 times, k1, [ssk, yo] twice, k2.
Rnd 3: K7, [p1, k1] twice into the 4-yo loop, k11, [p1, k1] twice into the 4-yo loop, k7. When working in rows, this row will be: p7, [p1, k1] twice into the 4-yo loop, p11, [p1, k1] twice into the 4-yo loop, p7.
Rnd 4: K2, [yo, k2tog] twice, k4, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, yo, sl 1-k2tog-psso, k4, [ssk, yo] twice, k2.
Rnd 6: K2, [yo, k2tog] twice, k2, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, sl 1- k2tog-psso, k2, [ssk, yo] twice, k2.
Rnd 8: K2, [yo, k2tog] twice, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, yo, sl 1-k2tog-psso, [ssk, yo] twice, k2.
Rnd 10: K2, yo, k2tog, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, yo, sl 1-k2tog-psso, ssk, yo, k2.
Rnd 12: K3, [k2tog, yo] twice, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, [yo, ssk] twice, k3.
Rnd 14: K2, [k2tog, yo] twice, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1- k2tog-psso, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, [yo, ssk] twice, k2.
Rnd 16: K1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k4, yo, sl 1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, yo, k3tog, yo, k4, [yo, ssk] twice, k1.
Rep Rnds 1-16 for patt.

 
SWEATER

Note: Back has 2 more sts than front.

Body: With smaller circular needle, cast on 176 (194, 212, 230) sts. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist the sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2½".
Next (inc) rnd: Knit, inc 20 (22, 24, 26) sts evenly around– 196 (216, 236, 256) sts. Change to larger needles.
Next Rnd: Work 36 (41, 46, 51) sts, place marker, work in Tiger Eye patt for 25 sts, place marker, work 36 (41, 46,
51) sts, place marker (opposite side), work 99 (109, 119, 129) back sts to other side marker (end of rnd). Work even in patt as established, and, at the same time, shape waist as follows: Dec 1 st each side of each marker every 16 rnds 3 times, then inc 1 st each side of each marker every 16 rnds 3 times – 196 (216, 236, 256) sts. Work even until piece measures 19 (19, 19½, 20½)" from beg, ending with an even row.


Divide Front and Back: Bind off 6 (7, 8, 12) sts. Work to next side marker. Place back sts on holder. Turn. Bind off
6 (7, 8, 12) sts, work to end. Continue on 85 (93, 101, 103) front sts only.

Shape Armholes: Dec 1 st each end of row, every other row 5 (7, 8, 9) times – 75 (79, 85, 85) sts. Work even until piece measures 25 (25½, 26, 27½)" from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck—Next Row (RS): Work to center 11 (15, 17, 21) sts, join a second ball of yarn and bind off center 11 (15, 17, 21) sts, work to end. Working both sides separately at the same time, bind off 2 sts each neck edge 2 times, then dec 1 st each neck edge every other row 7 (6, 7, 6) times – 21(22, 23, 22) sts. Work even until armholes measure 8 (8½, 8½, 9)", ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders:

Note: Continue working both sides separately at the same time.

Rows 1 (RS) and 2: Work to last 8 (8, 8, 7) sts, wrap & turn.
Rows 3 and 4: Work to last 15 (15, 16, 14) sts, wrap & turn.
Rows 5 and 6: Work across all sts, picking up wraps and working them tog with st. Place shoulder sts on holders.
 
Back: Place 99 (109, 119, 129) held back sts on needles.

Shape Armholes: Work same as front – 77 (81, 87, 87) sts.
Work 1 more dec row at armholes – 75 (79, 85, 85) sts.
Work even until piece measures same as front to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders: Work as for front. Place 21(22, 23, 22) sts from each end of row on holders for shoulders and bind off center 33 (35, 39, 41) sts for back neck.
 
Join shoulders using 3-needle bind off.
 
Sleeve (Make 2): With smaller double-point needles, cast on 38 (42, 44, 50) sts. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist the sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2½".
Next (inc) rnd: Knit, inc 4 (6, 6, 6) sts evenly around– 42 (48, 50, 56) sts. Change to larger needles. Working even in St st, inc 1 st each side of marker every 4th rnd 19 (16,16, 12) times, then every 6 rnds 0 (3, 2, 5) times – 80 (86,86, 90) sts. Work even until piece measures 19 (19½,19½, 19½)" from beg.

Shape Cap: Beg working back and forth in rows. Bind off 6 (7, 8, 12) sts at beg of rnd, work to end of rnd, turn.
Bind off 6 (7, 8, 12) sts at beg of next row – 68 (72, 70, 66) sts. Dec 1 st each end of row every RS row 5 (7, 8, 9)
times, then dec 1 st each end of row every row 21 (21, 19, 16) times. Work 0 (0, 0, 2) rows even. Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows. Bind off rem 8 sts.
 

FINISHING

Cowl Neck: With smaller double-point needles (or shorter circular needle), pick up and knit 83 (89, 95, 99)
sts around neck opening. Place marker and join. Work in St st for 1".
Next (inc) rnd: * K1, M1p; rep from * to end – 166 (178, 190, 198) sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 11". Bind off loosely.
 
Set in sleeves, sew sleeve seams. Weave in ends. Damp block if desired.
 

Cozy Hourglass Sweater

Cozy Hourglass Sweater

 

 

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Hello! I am the knitter from continental Europe married for an English man .Can you the Tiger Eye Pattern Stich like a diagram? Best wishes! Maria

not fond of the colour but this sweater in colours I prefer would be delightful - the pattern adds so much to the overall sweater which is attractive in itself

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