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Patriotic Pullover

Do you get the chills when you're watching winter sports? Stay warm while watching your favorite Olympic team or watching 4th of July fireworks with the Patriotic Pullover. This modern sweater, inspired by the iconic flag of the United States, is a wonderful way to show off your patriotic nature. Cuddle up in this cozy sweater on a cold night. The broad stripes in this sweater make the colorwork easy and approachable for knitters of all skill levels.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm

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

SIZE: Adult S (M/L, 1X/2X)
Finished Bust: 38 (46, 54) in. (96.5 (117, 137) cm)
Finished Length: 23 (24, 24 1/2) in. (58.5 (61, 62) cm)


MATERIALS

  • 136-113 Lion Brand Heartland Yarn: Redwood 2 3, 3 Balls (A)
  • 136-098 Lion Brand Heartland Yarn: Acadia 2 3, 3 Balls (B)
  • 136-109 Lion Brand Heartland Yarn: Olympic 1 2, 2 Ball (C)
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 7 [4.5 mm]
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
  • Lion Brand Stitch Holders
  • Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)


GAUGE:
16 sts + 22 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.


STITCH EXPLANATION:
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop - 1 st increased.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog - 1 st decreased.


PATTERN STITCH
K2, p2 Rib (worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 2 additional sts)
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib.


STRIPE SEQUENCE
Work 10 rows with B then 10 rows with A, alternately.

NOTES:
1. Pullover is worked in 4 pieces: Back, Front and 2 Sleeves.
2. The Back and the Left Sleeve are worked in stripes; the Front is worked in both stripes and intarsia colorwork.
3. When working in intarsia, do not carry yarn across WS of work. Instead, use a separate ball or bobbin for each section of color. When changing color, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes from forming in your work.
4. The stars are worked in duplicate st, following Charts.
5. When you see 'work even' in the instructions, this means to continue on in the pattern st you have established without changing the st count by increasing, decreasing, or binding off.


PULLOVER

Size Small - Shoulder Starts Chart

Size Small - Sleeve Stars Chart

Size Medium / Large - Shoulder Stars Chart

Size Medium / Large - Sleeve Stars Chart

Size 1X / 2X - Shoulder Stars Chart

Size 1X / 2X - Sleeve Stars Chart


BACK
With smaller needles and A, cast on 78 (94, 110) sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 1 1/2 (2, 2) in. (4 (5, 5) cm), end with a WS row. Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row.
Change to larger needles.
Decrease Row (RS): K6, k2tog, k to last 8 sts, k2tog, K6 - 76 (92, 108) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Purl.
Change to B.
Rows 1-72: Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 70 rows, changing color following Stripe Sequence.


Shape Armholes
Note: As you work the remainder of the Back, continue to change color following Stripe Sequence as established.
Row 73 (RS): Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, k to end of row - 72 (88, 103) sts.
Row 74: Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, p to end of row - 68 (84, 98) sts.
Row 75 (Decrease): K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2 - 66 (82, 96) sts.
Row 76: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 2) more time(s) - 64 (80, 92) sts.
Continue in St st and Stripe Sequence for 36 (38, 40) rows.


Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS): K18 (22, 24), join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 28 (36, 44) sts for neck, k to end of row - 18 (22, 24) sts on each side.
Work both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn.
Row 2: On first side, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2; on 2nd side, p2, p2tog, p to end of row - 17 (21, 23) sts on each side.
Row 3: On first side, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2; on 2nd side, k2, k2tog, k to end of row - 16 (20, 22) sts on each side.
Bind off all sts on both sides.

FRONT
Work same as Back until Row 70 has been completed - 76 (92, 108) sts.
Change to A.
Row 71 (RS): With A, k 38 (46, 54) sts, place marker, with C, k 38 (46, 54) sts.
Row 72: With C, p to marker, slip marker (sm), with A, p to end of row.


Shape Armhole
Row 73 (RS): With A, bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, k to marker, sm, with C, k to end of row - 72 (88, 103) sts at the end of this row.
Row 74: With C, bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, p to marker, with A, p to end of row - 68 (84, 98) sts at the end of this row.
Row 75: With A, k2, k2tog, k to marker, sm, with C, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2 - 66 (82, 96) sts at the end of this row.
Row 76: With C, p to marker, sm, with A, p to end of row.
Rows 77-78 (78, 80): Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 2) more time(s) - 64 (80, 92) sts.


For Size 1X/2X, proceed to All Sizes, below.
Sizes S (M/L) ONLY
Row 79 (RS): With A, k to marker, sm, with C, k to end of row.
Row 80: With C, p to marker, sm, with A, k to end of row.


All Sizes
Next Row (RS): With B, k to marker, sm, with C, k to end of row.
Next Row: With C, p to marker, sm, with B, p to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 4 more times.
Next Row: With A, k to marker, sm, with C, k to end of row.
Next Row: With C, p to marker, sm, with A, p to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (2, 3) more times.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS):
With A, k26 (31, 34), sl these sts to a holder for left shoulder, bind off center 12 (18, 24) sts for neck (removing marker and using A to bind off first 6 (9, 12) sts
and C to bind off last 6 (9, 12) sts), with C, k to end of row - 26 (31, 34) sts for right shoulder.

Right Shoulder
Continue with C only.
Rows 1 and 3 (WS): Purl.
Row 2: Bind off 4 sts, k to end of row - 22 (27, 30) sts.
Row 4: Bind off 3 sts, k to end of row - 19 (24, 27) sts.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: K2, k2tog, k to end of row - 18 (23, 26) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3, 4) more times - 16 (20, 22) sts rem for right shoulder.
Work even in St st for 11 rows.
Bind off.


Left Shoulder
Continue to change color following Stripe Sequence for left shoulder.
Slip sts for left shoulder back onto needle, ready to work a WS Row.
Row 1 (WS): Bind off 4 sts, p to end of row - 22 (27, 30) sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Bind off 3 sts, p to end of row - 19 (24, 27) sts.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: P2, p2tog, p to end of row - 18 (23, 26) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3, 4) times - 16 (20, 22) sts rem for right shoulder.
Continuing to change color following Stripe Sequence, work even in St st for 12 rows.
Bind off.


LEFT SLEEVE (Striped Sleeve)
With smaller needles and A, cast on 46 (54, 58) sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 1 1/2 in. (4 cm), end with a WS row.
Change to larger needles.


Beg with a RS (knit) row, work in St st for 2 (4, 6) rows.
Change to B and begin Stripe Sequence.
Increase Row (RS): K2, M1, k to last 2 sts, M1, k2 - 48 (56, 60) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st, changing color following Stripe Sequence, for 11 (11, 9) rows.
Rep Increase Row - 50 (58, 62) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 12 (12, 10) rows 5 (5, 6) more times - 60 (68, 74) sts, then work even in St st for 3 (3, 5) rows.


Shape Sleeve Cap (Top of Sleeve)
Row 1 (RS): Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, k to end of row - 56 (64, 69) sts.
Row 2: Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts, p to end of row - 52 (60, 64) sts.
Row 3: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2 - 50 (58, 62) sts.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 4 (2, 4) more times - 42 (54, 54) sts rem.
Next Row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2 - 40 (52, 52) sts.
Next Row: P2, p2tog through the back loops, p to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2 - 38 (50, 50) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (4, 4) more time(s) - 34 sts rem.
Next Row: K2, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, ssk, k2 - 32 sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, p to end of row - 30 sts.
Next Row: Bind off 2 sts, k to end of row - 28 sts.
Rep last 2 rows - 24 sts.
Bind off.


RIGHT SLEEVE (Solid Sleeve)
With smaller needles and C, cast on 46 (54, 58) sts.
With C only, work same as Left Sleeve.
Bind off.


FINISHING
Duplicate Stitch
With B and following Charts, embroider duplicate st Stars onto Front and Right Sleeve.
Sew right shoulder seam.


Neckband
From RS, with smaller needles and A, pick up and k56 (64, 76) sts evenly spaced across front neck and 38 (46, 54) sts evenly spaced across back neck - 94 (110, 130) sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 5 (7, 11) rows.
Bind off.
Seam left shoulder, including ends of neckband.
Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams.
Weave in ends.

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Could you please fix the Duplicate stitch for the M/L Sleeve? It looks like the same pattern for both the shoulder and the sleeve for the M/L pattern, where the 1X is different.

This website doesn't own the patterns that it features, they can't change the patterns. When you check the pattern on the Lion Brand website, it is exactly the same as what is here, so no corrections necessary.

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