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Party Time Sweater

Hit the town in this swanky sweater pattern. You're guaranteed a good time in this Party Time Sweater. Make this sweater your go-to top for going out. You'll shine bright with these fun sequins and luscious black yarn. After working through this intricate sweater pattern, you'll deserve a night out. Reach for this lively top when you're ready to hit the town with your girls. This is the perfect evening top. Keep all eyes on you as you sparkle and shimmer in this gorgeous knit.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Boutique Swanky™: 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) balls 9012 Tuxedo
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 6mm [US 10] straight needles (for body and sleeves)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 6mm [US 10] 24” (60 cm) circular needle (for neck)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] straight needles (for cuffs)
  • Stitch markers
  • 5yd (4.5m) smooth matching light weight yarn (for seaming)
  • 5mm [US H-8] crochet hook (for slip stitching seams)
  • Yarn needle

 

 

 

Gauge: 20 sts = 4” (10 cm); 16 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Lace pattern

 

 


Measurements:

  • Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, and 1X are in parentheses.
  • To Fit Bust: 36 (38, 40, 42)” (91.5 (96.5, 101.5,106.5) cm)
  • Finished Bust: 34 (36, 38, 40)” (86.5 (91.5, 96.5, 101.5) cm), take this measurement when piece is “hanging”
  • Finished Length: 20 (21½, 23, 24½)” (51 (54.5, 58.5, 62) cm)

 

 


Abbreviations:

  • k = knit
  • k2tog = knit next 2 sts together
  • k3tog = knit next 3 sts together
  • p = purl
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • yo = yarn over
  • * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

 

 


Instructions:

 

Special Techniques:

 

3-Needle Bind-Off = Hold needles of stitches to be seamed parallel and with right sides together, with 3rd needle knit together first stitch from each needle, *knit together next stitch from each needle, pass first stitch over 2nd stitch and off right needle; repeat from * until all stitches have been knit from the 2 parallel needles and only one stitch remains on the right needle. Fasten off.

 

Crocheted Slip Stitch Seam = Begin with a slip knot on the hook, *with yarn in back of work, insert hook from front to back through both thicknesses and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook (one loop remains on hook); repeat from * across to complete seam. Fasten off.

 

Pattern Stitch
Lace Pattern (over an odd number of sts)
Note: Slip stitches as if to purl.
Row 1 (right side): K1, *yo, slip 1, k1, yo, pass the slipped st over the knit st and yo and off the right needle; rep from * across.
Row 2: *P2, drop the next yo off the needle; repeat from * to last st, p1.
Row 3: K2, *yo, slip 1, k1, yo, pass the slipped st over the knit st and yo and off the right needle; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: P3, *drop the next yo off the needle, p2; repeat from * across. Repeat Rows 1–4 for Lace pattern.

 

Notes
1. Boutique Swanky yarn is absolutely stunning, and will make a spectacular sweater to wear either for special events or with jeans. There are a couple of factors to be aware of that will enhance your experience in making this pattern. The yarn is heavy so figure all measurements by holding your work up allowing it to drape then carefully laying it flat to maintain the hanging length. It is also multi-ply so can split if using sharp needles. The open work stitch pattern is very easy, but has a lot of yarn overs which tighten up on the cable of circular needles. Because of these factors, straight, blunt-tipped needles are recommended. Since the yarn is slippery, bamboo works better than slick metal.
2. Back and Front are worked separately, back and forth in rows, beginning at the lower edge.
3. Stitches are picked up across armhole edge of body to begin each Sleeve. Each Sleeve is worked from shoulder downwards.
4. It is easier to count rows by counting the ridges on the wrong side: every two rows make one ridge.

 

BACK
With larger straight needles, cast on 85 (89, 95, 99) sts loosely. Work in Garter st (knit every row) for 3 rows. Work in Lace pattern until piece measures about 13 (14, 15, 16)” (33 (35.5, 38, 40.5) cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Armholes
Notes:
1. When instructed to work in Lace pattern “as established”, work the next row of the Lace pattern lining up the stitches as in previous rows. This may require working more or fewer stitches before beginning the */repeat portion of the instruction.
2. When binding off a yo, bind off the yo along with the k1 and count this as only 1 stitch bound-off.
Row 1 (right side): Bind off 8 sts, work in Lace pattern as established to end of row—77 (81, 87, 91) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 8 sts, work in Lace pattern as established to end of row—69 (73, 79, 83) sts. Work even in Lace pattern as established until armholes measure about 7 (7½, 8, 8½)” (18 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm); end with a wrong side row.

 

Shape Neck and Shoulders
Row 1 (right side): K14 and place these 14 sts on a holder for right shoulder, k1, *k2tog, pass 2nd st on right needle over first st and off needle; repeat from * across to last 13 sts (1 st remains on right needle), k13 and place these last 14 sts on a holder for left shoulder.

 


FRONT
Work same as Back until piece measures about 18 (19½, 21, 22½)” (45.5 (49.5, 53.5, 57) cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row. Note: The armhole shaping should be complete.

 

Divide for Neck
Row 1 (right side): Work in Lace pattern as established over first 20 sts and place these sts on a holder for left front, k1, *k2tog, pass 2nd st on right needle over first st and off needle; repeat from * across to last 19 sts (1 st remains on right needle), work in Lace pattern as established over last 19 sts—20 sts remain on needle for right front.

 

Right Front
Next Row (wrong side): Work in Lace pattern as established.
Next Row (right side): K3tog, work in Lace pattern as established to end of row—18 sts. Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—14 sts. Work even in Lace pattern as established until right front side of entire piece measures same as Back; end with a wrong side row. Place stitches on a holder.

 

Left Front
Return left front stitches from holder to larger straight needles, ready to work a wrong side row.
Next Row (wrong side): Work in Lace pattern as established.
Next Row (right side): Work in Lace pattern as established to last 3 sts, k3tog—18 sts. Repeat last 2 rows 2 more times—14 sts. Work even in Lace pattern as established until left front side of entire piece measures same as Back; end with a wrong side row. Place stitches on a holder.

 

Join shoulders with 3-Needle Bind-Off.

 

Neckband
With right side facing and circular needle, beginning at right shoulder seam, pick up and k32 (34, 36, 38) sts evenly spaced across back neck, 14 sts down left front neck edge, 16 (18, 20, 22) sts across front neck, and 14 sts up right front neck edge—76 (80, 84, 88) sts. Place a marker for beginning of round and prepare to work in rounds.
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: Knit. Bind off loosely as if to purl.

 


SLEEVES (make 2)
With right side facing and larger straight needles, beginning immediately following underarm bound off edge, pick up and k38 (39, 40, 41) sts evenly spaced across armhole edge to shoulder seam, pick up and k1 st in shoulder seam, pick up and k38 (39, 40, 41) sts across armhole edge to other underarm bound-off edge—77 (79, 81, 83) sts. Work even in Lace pattern for 7 rows. Place a marker at each end of the last row worked. Continue to work even in Lace pattern until piece measures 18 (18, 19, 19)” (45.5 (45.5, 48.5, 48.5) cm) from beginning; end with a wrong side row.

 

Cuff
Change to smaller straight needles.
Row 1 (right side): *K2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3tog—38 (39, 40, 41) sts. Work in Garter st for 6 rows. Bind off as if to knit.


FINISHING
With right sides of pieces together and crochet hook, using Crochet Slip Stitch Seam technique, slip stitch the underarm bound-off edges of Front and Back to marked sections at top of Sleeves. Slip stitch the side and sleeve seams. Weave in ends.

 

 

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I have never used this yarn before but there is a first time for everything. It should make a nice sweater for the holidays. I can wear a cam underneath. The instructions look fairly easy to follow. I like drop stitch patterns. They add a nice touch to patterns. I knit loose to begin with so I will probably go with a smaller size. I will knit both the front and back on one needle and just watch out when I have to do the different instructions for the front. I prefer to knit this one since I find it goes quicker - at least for me. Thank you for the pattern.

The result was very close-knit in comparison. It looks crochet rather than a fishnet kind of lace as pictured. My gage was a little off (20 sts 4.5 inches) but when I switched to a smaller needle, the lace was even tighter. It was already too tight, so I had to settle for making a sweater two sizes too big. I used Caron Party instead of the Red Heart yarn. Both are 4 worsted weight, but I wonder if the yarn change made a difference.

This certainly isn't a sweater for "full and fabulous ladies" if the largest size is 42". Pleeeeaaasse!

Pretty sweater and you don't have to worry about adding the sequins, Red Heart already did that with their Boutique Swanky yarn. The sequins and the yarn are dyed to match too. The open knit lace stitch is simple to memorize and the designer provides some good tips for working with this yarn. I imagine this sweater would look wonderful over a pretty cami.

beautiful sweater; but, I am having trouble accessing the charts.

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