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Soft Snowflake Sweater

Treat yourself to extreme comfort in the Soft Snowflake Sweater. This wintery knit sweater pattern features a large snowflake motif and a cozy ribbed turtleneck. Perfect for relaxing in front of the fire or sledding with the kids, this chunky knit sweater is sure to bring you much joy over the holiday season. We love the cream and khaki color combination as shown in the picture, but any other soft neutrals would make a charming winter garment.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, 10 or 6 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge12 stitches, 16 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Divine (100 g/3.5 oz;129 m/142 yds)
    Sizes XS S M L XL - Main Color (MC) - 5 5 6 6 7 balls; Contrast A - 1 1 1 1 1 balls
  • Sizes 5½ mm (U.S. 9) and 6 mm (U.S. 10) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension
  • 4 st holders
     

 

GAUGE
12 sts and 16 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.

 

 

MEASUREMENTS

Bust Measurments
XS 32 ins [81 cm]
S 34 ins [86 cm]
M 36 ins [91 cm]
L 38 ins [97 cm]
XL 40 ins [102 cm]

Finished Measurments
XS 36½ ins [92.5 cm]
S 39 ins [99 cm]
M 40½ ins [103 cm]
L 43 ins [109 cm]
XL 46 ins [117 cm] 

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg = beginning
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
P2togtbl = purl 2 stitches together through back loops
psso = pass slipped stitch over
rep = repeat
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

Charts I, II, III
Front, Back, and Sleeve Charts

 

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

 

Note: When working from charts, carry yarn loosely across WS of work but never over more than 5 sts. When it must pass over more than 5 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st or at center point of sts it passes over.

 

FRONT
**With MC and smaller needles, cast on 54 (58-58-62-66) sts.
1st row: (RS). K2. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 3 ins [7.5 cm] ending with a 2nd row and inc 1 (1-3-3-3) st(s) evenly across last row. 55 (59-61-65-69) sts.

 

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st for 4 rows.
Work Chart I to end of chart reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right noting 6 st rep will be worked 9 (9-10-10-11) times.
With MC, cont even until work from beg measures 13 (13½-14-14-14½) ins [33 (34.5-35.5-35.5 -37) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Place Chart II: Next row: K15 (17-18-20-22). Work row 1 of Chart II across next 25 sts. With MC, knit to end of row.
Chart II is now in position.
Cont working Chart II until work from beg measures 16 (16½-16½-16½-16½) ins [40.5 (42-42-42-42) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Shape raglans: Keeping cont of Chart II (when chart is complete, proceed with MC only), cast off 2 sts beg next 2 rows. 51 (55-57-61-65) sts.

 

Size XS only: Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2. 49 sts. Work 3 rows even.

 

Sizes S, L and XL only: 1st row: K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2togtbl. Purl to last 4 sts. P2tog. P2.
3rd row: As 1st row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows (0-1-2) time(s) more. (49-49-47) sts.

 

All Sizes: Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
Next row: Purl.**
Rep last 2 rows until there are 29 (29-31-31-31) sts ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Shape neck: Next row: K2. K2tog. K6 (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Purl 1 row.
Cont dec at raglan edge as before on next and following alt rows, AT SAME TIME, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows twice more. 3 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: K1. K2tog.
Next row: P2.
Next row: K2tog. Fasten off.

 

With RS of work facing, slip next 9 (9-11-11-11) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
Work to correspond to other side reversing all shapings.

 

BACK
Work from ** to ** as given for Front, omitting reference to chart II.
Rep last 2 rows until there are 19 (19-21-21-21) sts ending with RS facing for next row. Leave sts on a st holder.

 

SLEEVES
With MC and smaller needles, cast on 26 (26-30-30-30) sts.
Work 5 ins [12.5 cm] in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Front ending on a 2nd row and inc 3 (3-1-1-1) st(s) evenly across last row. 29 (29-31-31-31) sts.

 

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st for 4 rows.
Work Chart III to end of chart reading RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right, noting 6 st rep will be worked 4 (4-5-5-5) times.
With MC, purl 1 row.
Cont in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of next and following 4th rows until there are 41 (41-41-41-45) sts, then every following 6th row until there are 49 (49-51-51-53) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 20½ (21-21-21½-21½) ins [52 (53.5-53.5-54.5-54.5) cm] ending with RS facing for next row (there is a 2½ ins cuff turnback allowed here).

 

Shape raglans: Cast off 2 sts beg next 2 rows. 45 (45-47-47-49) sts.
1st row: K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
2nd row: P2. P2togtbl. Purl to last 4 sts. P2tog. P2.
3rd row: As 1st row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows once more. 33 (33-35-35-37) sts.
Next row: K2. K2tog. Knit to last 4 sts. Sl1. K1. psso. K2.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until there are 7 sts ending with RS facing for next 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 left back raglan seam open. With RS of work facing, MC and smaller needle, K7 from left sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 9 sts down left front neck edge. K9 (9-11-11-11) from front st holder. Pick up and knit 9 sts up right front neck edge. K7 from right sleeve st holder. K19 (19-21-21-21) from Back st holder, inc 2 sts evenly across. 62 (62-66-66-66) sts.
Beg on a 2nd row, work in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Front until Collar measures 4 ins [10 cm].
Change to larger needles and cont in ribbing until Collar measures 7½ ins [19 cm] ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in ribbing.

 

Sew left raglan and Collar seam, reversing for turnback. Sew side and sleeve seams, reversing seam on sleeve 2½ ins [5 cm] from bottom for turnback.

 

 

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