Body of Sweater:
- Rows 48 – 55 start the lower portion of the sweater. Knit them in Stockinette Stitch (Knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows) with MC. End with purl row.
Divide for Sleeves:
Summary: The sleeves (the first 5″) are knit first. Then the body is finished. Then the sleeves are finished.
Knit 32 and place on waste yarn (this will be one of the fronts). Knit 37 stitches, cast on 3 stitches. Turn and purl the 40 stitches, cast on 3 stitches. (The remaining unworked stitches on needle will form the back, the other sleeve and the other front – they may remain on needle or moved to waste yarn). Knit these 43 stitches in stockinette stitch for 3″ from divide to form sleeve. Continue with stockinette stitch, decrease one stitch at each end of next row (41 stitches) and then again at 4″ (39 stitches), 4.5″ (37 stitches) and 5″ (35 stitches). End with purl row. Place on waste yarn.
Knit 53 stitches and place on waste yarn (this will be the back). Knit 37 stitches for second sleeve, cast on 3 stitches. Turn and purl the 40 stitches, cast on 3 stitches. Knit these 43 stitches in stockinette stitch as for previous sleeve (including decreases). End with purl row. Place on waste yarn.
Combining Fronts and Back to Form Body of Sweater:
Knit remaining 32 stitches (other front), turn and purl back, cast on 6 stitches (for underarm) and purl 53 back stitches from waste yarn, cast on 6 stitches and purl 32 stitches from waste yarn (front). There should be 129 stitches on needle. Knit these 129 stitches in stockinette stitch for 6″ from divide. End with purl row.
- Row 1: Knit with Novelty Yarn.
- Row 2: Repeat Row 1.
- Row 3: Knit with CC.
- Row 4: Repeat Row 3.
- Row 5: Knit with a different CC.
- Row 6: Purl with same yarn as Row 5.
- Row 7: Repeat Row 5.
- Row 8: Knit with CC.
- Row 9: Repeat Row 8.
- Row 10: Knit with Novelty Yarn.
- Row 11: Repeat Row 10.
- Row 12: Knit with MC.
- Row 13: Purl with MC.
Ribbing: Change to Size 4 Needles and CC. Knit 1.5 inches in K1P1 ribbing. Bind off.
Finishing Sleeves: The decorative bands and ribbing will add an 2.5″ to the length of the sleeve. If child is available, have them try on sweater to determine if this will be desired length. If longer sleeves are desired (and yarn stash is sufficient) add more stockinette rows prior to starting decorative bands.
Knit decorative sleeve bands:
Knit decorative sleeve bands following decorative band sequence above. Change to size 4 needles and CC. Knit 1″ of K1P1 ribbing. Bind off.
Complete second sleeve following same instructions.
Weave in ends: Hint: Turn on a movie, preferably one that you have seen before and can just listen to.
- All those ends in the yoke – yea, all those ends. “Weave” them in by threading a large eye sewing needle and passing the yarn up and down (and around) loops of the same yarn on the wrong side of the yoke.
- One of the reasons an odd number of rows was used on occasion in the yoke was to prevent all the ends from being located on one front. Weaving all those ends on one side would distort the edge.
- Overcome the urge to weave in multiple yarns at the same time – it will be obvious.
- Oh, and while you are comfortable. Weave in ends on the sleeves and sew up the sleeve seam.
- Trim ends.
Double Garter Stitch Ridge Edging:
Beginning at lower edge of one front with size 4 needles, pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows up the front to the neckline. At the first neckline stitch, pick up two stitches in one (extra stitch is needed to stretch across turn). Then pick up one stitch for every stitch across the neck. At the last neckline stitch, pick up two stitches in one. Then pick up 3 stitches for every 4 rows down the other front.
I ended up with 95 stitches picked up on each front and 71 across the neck for a total of 261 stitches.
With right side facing you, knit up front and across neckline. Knit one stitch down the other front then K2tog, YO to make button hole. Knit another 3″ down front and then K2tog, YO to make another button hole. Continue knitting in this manner creating buttonholes every 3″ (last one should be approximately 1/2″ from bottom of sweater) until end.
Turn and knit back until first neckline stitch. Kbf in this stitch (to stretch across turn). Knit across all neckline stitches until last stitch. Kbf in this stitch. Knit remaining stitches. This forms one Garter Stitch Ridge.
Knit two more rows with MC. Cast off using Size 6 needle (size 4 needle will cast off too tightly).
Weave in the edging yarns