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Festive Snowflake Sweater

This wintery wonder of a knit sweater pattern features a large snowflake motif and a flattering silhouette. The Festive Snowflake Sweater is a lovely way to practice Fair Isle knitting while creating a garment that will stand the test of time. This classic knit sweater pattern is versatile enough for winter wear, yet spirited enough for holiday attire. We love the chocolate brown and cream contrast, but have fun experimenting with other festive holiday colors.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm

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

Gauge17 stitches, 24 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Super Value (197 g/7 oz/389 m/426 yds)
    Extra-Small/Small - MC: (Brown) 752 m/820 yds; A: (Pink) 85 m/95 yds
    Medium -  MC: (Brown) 780 m/855 yds; A: (Pink) 90 m/100 yds
    Large - MC: (Brown) 850 m/930 yds; A: (Pink) 95 m/105 yds
    Extra-Large - MC (Brown) 94 0m/1030 yds; A (Pink) 100 m/110 yds
    2/3 Extra-Large - MC (Brown) 960 m/1050 yds; A (Pink) 130 m/145 yds
    4/5 Extra-Large - MC (Brown) 1040 m/ 1140 yds; A (Pink) 160 m/175 yds
  • Sizes 5 mm (U.S. 8) and 5.5 mm (U.S. 9) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 4 st holders

 

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

 

 

MEASUREMENTS

 

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
Extra-Small/Small 37 ins [94 cm]
Medium 41 ins [104 cm]
Large 44½ ins [113 cm]
Extra-Large 49½ ins [125.5 cm]
2/3 Extra-Large 58 ins [147.5 cm]
4/5 Extra-Large 66 ins [167.5 cm]

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Alt = alternate(ing)
Beg = beginning
cont = continue(ity)
Dec = decrease(ing)
Inc = Increase(ing)
K = knit
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
P = purl
P2tog = purl two stitches together
P2togtbl = purl 2 stitches together through back loops
rem = remain(ing)
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side

 

INSTRUCTIONS


Chart I

Chart II

Back, Front, Sleeves Chart

 

Back
**With smaller needles and A, cast on 78 (86-94-106-122-142) sts. Break A.


1st row: (RS). With MC, 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 1 inch [2.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row and inc 1 (inc 1-inc 1-dec 1-inc 1-dec 1) st at center of last row. 79 (87-95-105-123-141) sts.


Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 7½ (7½-7½-8½-9½-10½) ins [19 (19-19-21.5-24-26.5) cm], ending with a purl row.


Work Chart I in stocking st, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right.

Cont in Chart I until row 40 of chart has been completed.

Shape raglans: Keeping cont of Chart I, cast off 6 (8-9-11-16-18) sts beg of next 2 rows. 67 (71-77-83-91-105) sts.

Cont in chart, noting raglan decs on 3rd and every following 4th row 4 (4-3-4-3-1) time(s) more, then every following alt row 2 (2-4-2-4-8) times. 53 (57-61-69-75-85) sts.**

With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following alt row from previous dec to 31 (31-33-37-37-41) sts, ending with a WS row.

Leave rem 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 51 (51-53-59-59-67) sts, ending with a purl row.

Shape neck: 1st row: Work 2tog. K18 (18-18-19-19-19). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
2nd row: Work 2tog. Purl to end of row.
3rd row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
4th row: As 2nd row.
5th row: As 3rd row.
6th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 5 (5-5-6-6-6) sts.
Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row to 2 sts.

Next row: P2tog. Fasten off. With RS of work facing, slip next 11 (11-13-17-17-25) sts onto a st holder. Join MC to rem sts and knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
2nd row: Purl to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
3rd row: Work 2tog. Knit to last 2 sts. Work 2tog.
4th row: As 2nd row.
5th row: As 3rd row.
6th row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 5 (5-5-6-6-6) sts.
Dec 1 st at raglan edge only on next and every following alt row to 2 sts.
Next row: P2togtbl. Fasten off.


Sleeves
With smaller needles and A, cast on 42 (42-42-46-46-50) sts. Break A.
1st row: (RS). With MC, 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 5 ins [12.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row and inc 1 st at center of last row. 43 (43-43-47-47-51) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on next and every following 10th (6th-6th-6th-4th-2nd) row to 51 (57-57-61-65-61) sts.

Size 4/5XL only: Inc 1 st each end of needle on following 4th row from previous inc to 71 sts.

All sizes: Work 7 (1-1-3-3-3) row(s) even.

Work Chart II in stocking st, reading knit rows from right to left, purl rows from left to right and noting side incs on 3rd (9th-5th-5th-1st-1st) row and every following 12th (10th-6th-6th-4th-4th) row 2 (2-4-4-7-7) times more. 57 (63-67-71-81-87) sts.
Cont in Chart II until row 40 of chart has been completed.

Shape raglans: Keeping cont of Chart II, cast off 6 (8-9-11-16-18) sts beg of next 2 rows. 45 (47-49-49-49-51) sts.
Cont in chart, noting raglan decs on 3rd and every following 4th row 3 (4-4-5-5-5) times more. 37 (37-39-37-37-39) sts.

Sizes XS/S, M and L only: Dec on every following alt row from previous dec 4 (2-2) times. 29 (33-35) sts.

Sizes XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only: With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following 4th row from previous dec (2-5-7) times more. (33-
27-25) sts.

All sizes: With MC, cont in stocking st, dec 1 st at each end of needle on every following alt row from previous dec to 7 (7-7-9-9-9) sts, ending with a WS row. Leave rem sts on a st holder.


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

Collar: Sew raglan seams, leaving back left raglan open. With RS of work facing, smaller needles and MC, K7 (7-7-9-9-9) from left sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 15 (15-15-17-17-19) sts down left front neck edge. K11 (11-13-17-17-25) from front st holder. Pick up and knit 15 (15-15-17-17-19) sts up right front neck edge. K7 (7-7-9-9-9) from right sleeve st holder. K31 (31-33-37-37-41) from back st holder. 86 (86-90-106-106-122) sts.
Beg with a 2nd row, work in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back for 3 ins [7.5 cm], ending with a WS row. With A, work 1 row. Cast off in ribbing.
Sew left back raglan and collar seam.
Sew side and sleeve seams.

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