Friday, October 28, 2011

Hot pink

On Monday, I finished my first original sweater, set in sleeves and all. The whole process was pretty easy, getting a true gauge swatch was the most difficult part.
Here it is, a cropped sweater with a high neck and set in sleeves. After correcting the gauge confusion, I realized that only two skeins of red hear were needed, dropping the cost down to $6.00. Very reasonable for a custom fit sweater, and the hot pink color kind of makes the cheapness of the acrylic yarn acceptably synthetic.

So for any of you who fit into a size small (34" bust), I've typed up the pattern. It's nothing special, but it would be cool to see other people make it.  The sweater is 17" long, and ends at the waist. My apologies to anyone of another size, that's the next sweater project.

 
You will need:
Size 6 needles
Size 8 needles straight and double pointed
2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Pretty 'N Pink (or equivalent)
OR
720 yards of worsted weight yarn

Gauge:
4" x 4" in stockinette stitch = 18 stitches and 22 rows

You will need one front, one back, and two sleeves to make a full sweater. I added a one stitch selvedge to the edges of all pattern pieces to facilitate seaming.

Front and Back:
On size 6 needles, cast on 55 stitches.
Work 20 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing.
Switch to size 8 needles.
K6, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K7, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K6, M1, K6 (63 stitches).
Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
K16, M1, K31, M1, K16. Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
K16, M1, K33, M1, K16. Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
K16, M1, K35, M1, K16. Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
K16, M1, K37, M1, K16. Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
K16, M1, K39, M1, K16. Work 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
Bind off 3, knit to end. Bind off 3, purl to end.
(Bind off 2, knit to end. Bind off 2, purl to end.) x 2

For Front:
Work 18 rows in stockinette stitch.
K23, bind off 13, K23.
P23.
Bind off 3, K20.
P20.
Bind off 2, K18.
P18.
Bind off 1, K17.
P17.
Bind off 1, K16. Work 3 rows in stockinette stitch.
Bind off 1, K15.
Bind off 5, P10.
K10.
Bind off 5, P5.
K5.
Bind off .
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With the stitches still on the needle:
Bind off 3, P20.
K20.
Bind off 2, P18.
K18.
Bind off 1, P17.
K17.
Bind off 1, P16. Work 3 rows in stockinette stitch
Bind off 1, P15.
Bind off 5, K10.
P10.
Bind off 5, K5.
P5.
Bind off.

For Back:
Work 30 rows in stockinette stitch.
Bind off 5, K16, Bind off 17, knit to end.
Bind off 5, P16.
Bind off 4, K12.
Bind off 5, P7.
Bind off 2, K5.
Bind off.
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With the stitches still on the needle:
Bind off 4, P12.
Bind off 5, K7.
Bind off 2, P5.
Bind off.

Sleeves:
On size 6 needles, cast on 31 stitches.
Work 20 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing.
Switch to size 8 needles.
K1, *M1, K1, repeat from * to end.
Work 7 rows of stockinette stitch.
(K1, M1, Knit to last stitch, M1, K1. Work 7 rows of stockinette stitch) x 9
Bind off 3, knit to end. Bind off 3, purl to end.
(Bind off 2, knit to end. Bind off 2, purl to end.) x 3
(Bind off 1, knit to end. Bind off 1, purl to end.) x 2
Bind off 2, knit to end. Bind off 2, purl to end.
(Bind off 1, knit to end. Bind off 1, purl to end.) x 2
(Bind off 2, knit to end. Bind off 2, purl to end.) x 2
Bind off 3, knit to end. Bind off 3, purl to end.
Bind off.

Sew shoulders, attach sleeves, then sew side seams.

Pick up 70 stitches around the neck using double pointed or circular needles.
Work 8 rows.
 Bind off loosely

Share pictures if you make one.

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