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Riviera Striped Sweater

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Riviera Striped Sweater
Riviera Striped Sweater
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The Riviera Striped Sweater is a beautiful nautical inspired sweater. The design features a scoop neck, contrast trims and simple stripes, so it's a great pattern for the less experienced knitter. The neutral colors of this knit sweater work well with a variety of different items in your wardrobe, so depending on the climate where you live, you can wear this sweater practically all year long. The ability to make your own clothing is a great way to exercise your knitting skills and have fun at the same time. Plus, you'll end up with a beautiful knitted sweater no one will be able to find in stores.

Measurements:
Size S - to fit bust 81-86 cm, 32-34 in
Size M - to fit bust 91-97 cm, 36-38 in
Size L - to fit bust 102-107 cm, 40-42 in
Size XL - to fit bust 112-117 cm, 44-46 in
Size XXL - to fit bust 122-127 cm, 48-50 in

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

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

Gauge19 sts and 26 rows to 10 cm measured over st st using 4½mm (US 7) needles.

Materials List

  • Breezed Yarn A Sand 002 10 (S), 11 (M), 12 (L), 13 (XL), 14 (XXL) x 50g
  • Breezed Yarn B Riviera 006 3 (S), 4 (M), 4 (L), 4 (XL), 5 (XXL) x 50g
  • 1 pair 4mm (no 8) (US 6) needles
  • 1 pair 4½mm (no 7) (US 7) needles

Instructions

Back

Using 4mm (US 6) needles and yarn B cast on 98 [110: 118: 130: 146] sts.
Row 1 (RS): K2, *P2, K2, rep from * to end.
Row 2: P2, *K2, P2, rep from * to end.
These 2 rows form rib.
Work in rib for a further 20 rows, inc [dec: inc: inc: dec] 1 st at end of last row and ending with RS facing for next row. 99 [109: 119: 131: 145] sts.
Change to 4½mm (US 7) needles.
Beg with a K row, now work in st st in stripes as folls:
Rows 1 to 6: Using yarn A.
Rows 7 and 8: Using yarn B.
Rows 9 to 12: Using yarn A.
Rows 13 and 14: Using yarn B.
These 14 rows form striped st st.
Working these 14 rows a further 6 [6: 7: 7: 7] times and then completing back in st st using yarn A only, cont as folls:
Cont straight until back meas 41.5 [42.5: 43.5: 44.5: 45.5] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armholes
Keeping stripes correct, cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 91 [101: 111: 123: 137] sts.
Next row (RS): K2, sl 1, K1, psso, K to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2. Working all armhole decreases as set by last row, dec 1 st at each end of 2nd and foll 4 alt rows.
79 [89: 99: 111: 125] sts.
(Note: Remember the 14 stripe sequence is only repeated 7 [7: 8: 8: 8] times in total, after which yarn A only is used.)
Cont straight until armhole meas 21 [22: 23: 24: 25] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulders and back neck
Cast off 6 [7: 9: 11: 13] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 67 [75: 81: 89: 99] sts.
Next row (RS): Cast off 6 [7: 9: 11: 13] sts, K until there are 8 [11: 11: 13: 15] sts on right needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately.
Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row.
Cast off rem 5 [8: 8: 10: 12] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 39 [39: 41: 41: 43] sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn and K to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings

Front

Work as given for back until 36 [36: 38: 38: 40] rows less have been worked than on back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape front neck
Next row (RS): K31 [36: 41: 47: 54] and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.
Work each side of neck separately.
Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 8 rows, then on foll 3 [3: 4: 4: 5] alt rows, then on foll 4th row, then on 2 foll 6th rows. 17 [22: 26: 32: 38] sts. Work 5 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape shoulder
Cast off 6 [7: 9: 11: 13] sts at beg of next and foll alt row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off rem 5 [8: 8: 10: 12] sts.
With RS facing, slip centre 17 sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn and K to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

Sleeves

Using 4mm (US 6) needles and yarn B cast on 38 [38: 42: 42: 42] sts. Work in rib as given for back for 14 rows, inc [inc: dec: dec: inc] 1 st at end of last row and ending with RS facing for next row. 39 [39: 41: 41: 43] sts.
Change to 4½mm (US 7) needles.
Break off yarn B and join in yarn A.
Beg with a K row, work in st st throughout as folls:
Inc 1 st at each end of 3rd and every foll 4th row to 49 [61: 67: 79: 85] sts, then on every foll 6th row until there are 73 [77: 81: 85: 89] sts. Cont straight until sleeve meas 45 [45: 46: 46: 47] cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape top
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
65 [69: 73: 77: 81] sts.
Working all sleeve top decreases in same way as armhole decreases, dec 1 st at each end of next and foll 4 alt rows, ending with WS facing for next row. 55 [59: 63: 67: 71] sts.
Next row (WS): P2, P2tog, P to last 4 sts, P2tog tbl, P2. 53 [57: 61: 65: 69] sts.
Cast off 6 [6: 6: 7: 7] sts at beg of next 6 [4: 2: 4: 2] rows, then – [7: 8: 8] sts at beg of foll – [2: 4: 2: 4] rows.
Cast off rem 17 [19: 21: 21: 23] sts.

Making Up

Press as described on the information page.
Join right shoulder seam using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.
Neckband
With RS facing, using 4mm (US 6) needles and yarn B, pick up and knit 34 [34: 37: 37: 38] sts down left side of front neck, K across 17 sts on front holder, pick up and knit 34 [34: 37: 37: 38] sts up right side of front neck, and 3 sts down right side of back neck, K across 39 [39: 41: 41: 43] sts on back holder, then pick up and knit 3 sts up left side of back neck. 130 [130: 138: 138: 142] sts.
Beg with row 2, work in rib as given for back for 11 rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
Cast off in rib.
See information page for finishing instructions, setting in sleeves using the shallow set-in method.

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This looks relaxed and comfortable. I really like the shape of the neckline and that it isn't too tight around the neck. The yarn used in the pattern is a cotton yarn and I've always made sweaters with an acrylic or wool yarn. I've always wondered about trying cotton. What is the difference?

What a pretty sweater! I like that it is not too tight-fitting, and that the pattern provides instructions for different sizes. The colors it was made in are lovely, but I think you could pair other complementary colors and it would still look great. Now I just need to find the time to make it!

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