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Knit Short Sleeve Sweater

By: Beth Klinger
Knit Short Sleeve Sweater
Knit Short Sleeve Sweater

Stay comfortable and warm this winter when you make this Knit Short Sleeve Sweater! The intermediate knitting pattern is the perfect challenge for knitters with some experience under their belts. This unique sweater design can even be worn into spring.

From the designer: "After the holidays I didn't have any projects to finish up and I'm a big fan of sampler knits. I saw an image in a very old knitting magazine that gave me the idea and I have a collection of favorite stitches. I thought I would work a few of them together and created this fun sweater top that you can wear alone or layered. What's nice is it would be easy to make it longer in length too, which I probably will do on my next one!"

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials List

  • Knitting needles size 6 and 7 straight
  • Size 6 circular needles
  • 3 stitch holders
  • 4 markers
  • Four 3.5 oz (180 yds) Deborah Norville Everyday Collection Premier Yarn

Instructions

Stitches used in pattern ● 4x4 Rib stitch (bottom edge) ● Twilled Stripe Stitch (8 rows for pattern) (LT + left twist = skip next stitch on left needle, knit into the back loop of second stitch, leaving stitch on needle, then slip the first stitch - purlwise - and drop second stitch from the left needle). Row 1 (and all WS rows): k2 *p5, k2 (repeat from * across row) Row 2: p2 *LT, k3, p2 (repeat from * across row) Row 4: p2, *k1, LT, k2, p2 (repeat from * across row) Row 6: p2, *k2, LT, k1, p2 (repeat from * across row) Row 8: p2, *k3, LT, p2 (repeat from * across row) ● Popcorn Stitch ● 1x1 Rib (p1, k1) ● Dbl seed stitch (Rows 1 & 2 = *k1, p1 across) (Rows 3 &4 = *p1, k1 across) BACK With Size 6 needles CO 92 sts (using ktbl method) Purl 1 row Work 4x4 Rib row 1: (k4,p4) across row row 2: (p4,k4) across row for 2” (11 rows) (Add a few rows extra if you want to lengthen the sweater) Switch to Size 7 needles WS Knit across next row adding on 8 sts evenly (92, 100, 108) Knit next 3 rows Purl next 2 rows Work Twilled Stripe Stitch 4 times (32 rows) (lengthen here if desired by adding one more 8 row twilled stitch keep notes, you will need to make the front match the length). Knit across next 2 rows Purl across next 2 rows Work Popcorn Stitch Row 1: RS k2, Purl across row, end k2 Row 2: K2, *(k,p,k) all in next stitch, p3 together (repeat from * across) end k2 Row 3: k2, Purl across row, end k2 Row 4: K2, *p3 together, (k, p, k) all in next stitch (repeat from * across) end k2 Repeat last 4 rows 4 times. Purl across next row Knit across next row (RS) Work 1x1 Rib for 21 rows (should cover the bust area) (RS) purl across row Knit across row Purl across row Work Dbl Seed Stitch rows 10 times BO (31, 34, 38) in pattern Knit next (30, 32, 32) and slip these stitches onto a stitch holder, BO remaining (31, 34, 38) stitches FRONT: Work same as Back till piece measures (19”, 20”, 21”) (or length desired) end after working a wrong side row. Neck Shaping Both sides are worked together using separate yarn for each side. Maintain pattern. Row 1: Work across (35, 39, 43) sts, Slip next (20, 22, 24) sts onto a stitch holder. With second yarn, work across (35, 39, 43) stitches. Row 2: Work pattern across each side. Row 3: (Decrease row for neck edge) Work across to within 2 sts of neck edge, k2 together. With second yarn, slip 1 st (as if to knit), k1, PSSO, work across remaining. Rows 4 - 11: Repeat rows 2 and 3, 4 times (30, 34, 38) stitches each side. Work pattern until front measures same as Back end with working a WS row. BO remaining stitches both sides. Finishing: Sew shoulder seams only. Neck Rib: with RS facing and size 6 circular needles Knit stitches from BACK stitch holder, pick up and knit 21 sts along left neck edge, knit stitches from FRONT stitch holder, pick up and knit 21 sts along right neck edge (92, 96, 100 sts) place marker. Work k2, p2 ribbing around edge for 1”. BO loosely in ribbing. Armhole edge: Place a marker on each side of front and back (8,9,10) inches down from shoulder seam. With RS facing, pick up (82, 92, 102) sts evenly spaced between markers work in Dbl seed stitch for 1” BO Loosely in pattern. Repeat for second armhole. Sew up side seams. Weave in yarn ends.

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Yes my goodness, please give a gauge for this sweater! Or a schematic with dimensions or sizes for the pattern. If I don't hear back within the week, I'll send an email contacting AFK for the information.

For what size are these instructions intended? Can you give a more accurate gauge rather than 4-5 sts. per inch which basically gives me a back measuring 18" - 23"

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