Monday, October 29, 2012

Free hand knitting pattern: man's sweater


This sweater is a showcase for beautiful yarn.
(I designed this sweater to be worn by men, but as you can see I like to wear it as well. In fact, I still have the prototype--and wear it every winter.)

Finished sweater measurements
Chest:  38 (42 / 50 / 54 / 58) inches
96.52 (106.68/ 127/ 138.16/ 147.32) centimeters
Length:  25.5 (26.5 /27 / 27.5 / 28 / 28.5) inches
64.77 (67.31/ 68.58/ 69.85/ 71.12/ 72.39) centimeters
Sleeve length:  18.5 inches (46.99 centimeters)

Knitting needles:  6 mm / US 10 or size to obtain tension
6 mm/ US 10 or size to obtain tension circular needles
Yarn:  worsted weight 1,300 (1,510 / 1,720 / 1,930 / 2,140 / 2,350) approximately
Stitch holder:  two

Tension:  4 stitches x 7 rows = one inch worked over Stockinette stitch

Stockinette stitch
Row 1:  knit -- to end of row
Row 2:  purl -- to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern

1 x 1 rib stitch (used for casting off stitches to form neck)
Row 1:  knit 1, purl 1 -- to end of row
Row 2:  purl 1, knit 1 -- to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern

Back and Front (make 2)
Cast on 76 (84 / 92 / 100 / 108 / 116)
Work in Stockinette stitch 
for 25.5 (26.5 / 27/ 27.5/ 28/ 28.5) inches
for 64.77 (67.31/ 68.58/ 69.85/ 71.12/ 72.39) centimeters
Shoulder and neck shaping...
At the beginning of the next two rows, cast off 16 (20/ 24/ 28/ 32/ 36) stitches 
Place 44 stitches on stitch holder (88 stitches in total are being held by the two stitch holders)
Transfer the 88 stitches from the stitch holders to the circular needle
Work in Stockinette stitch for 2 inches (5.08 centimeters)
Cast off loosely in 1 x 1 rib stitch

Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 64 (68 / 72 / 72 / 72/ 72) stitches
Work in Stockinette stitch for 9 inches (22.86 centimeters)
Decrease 2 stitches at the beginning of every third row 
for 9.5 inches
(for 24.13 centimeters)
This row:  knit two together, knit two--to end of row
Cast off

Finishing
Attach sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends.

I consulted Standards & Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting during the designing phase of this sweater pattern.
Every attempt has been made to ensure that the instructions are clear and correct. Please notify us of any errors so we may correct them immediately.

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