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Henry's Sweater
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Henry's Sweater

By Jenna Swanson
IntermediateOrganic

One day I got it in my head that what my son really needed was (another) hand-knit sweater. I searched through my pattern collection, but didn’t see anything that sparked my interest. I wanted something with stripes, a little bit of texture, and that looked boy-ish. I created this pattern using some of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sweater techniques, but throwing in some more modern elements as well.

Sizes

6 months[12 months, 18 months, 2T, 4T, 6]
Shown in sizes 2T and 12 months

Finished Measurements

Chest: 20[21, 22, 24, 26, 28] inches
Length: 10[11, 12, 13.5, 14.5, 17] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloë™ Sweater[55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 100 gram/3.5 ounce hank]

Size 2T shown in:
#7510 Splash (MC); 1[2, 2, 2, 3, 4] hanks
#7500 Ice Cream (CC1); 1 hank
#7506 Toast (CC2);1 hank
#7511 Chipmunk (CC3); 1 hank

Size 12 months shown in:
#7514 Turtle (MC); 1[2, 2, 2, 3, 4] hanks
#7500 Ice Cream (CC1); 1 hank
#7511 Chipmunk (CC2); 1 hank
#7505 Firefly (CC3); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #5/3.75 mm double pointed needles (set of five)
US #7/4.5 mm double pointed needles (set of five)
US #5/3.75 mm 24 inch circular needle
US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle

Notions

4 Stitch markers (1 in contrasting color)
Scrap yarn
Tapestry needle

Gauge

16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches square in St st with larger size needles

Do not hesitate to change needle size to achieve correct gauge.

Pattern Notes

This sweater is worked seamlessly from the bottom up. Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (JSSBO) is used to ensure the neck opening will fit over those large kid noggins.

You might find it helpful to secure the ends of yarn as you knit, rather than weaving them in after you finish. After you switch to a new color, flip the end over the new yarn before knitting your next stitch. Repeat this for 5 stitches. Now the yarn is secured! Woohoo! Fewer ends to weave in.

In order to avoid ‘jogs’ when switching from one color to the next, knit one round with the new color, when you come to the first stitch of the next round, pick up the right leg of the stitch below (in the old color) and knit it together with these two stitches together. Voila!

Stripe Sequence

CC1: 1 round
CC2: 1 round
CC3: 2 rounds
CC1: 3 rounds
CC3: 2 rounds
CC2: 1 round
CC1: 1 round

Garter Rib

Rounds 1-3: * K3, p1; repeat from * around.
Round 4: Purl around.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, knitting in the round, kitchener stitch


INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

Using larger circular needle, cast on 88[92, 100, 108, 116, 128] stitches. Place marker and join into the round, being careful not to twist.

Switch to smaller needles.

Work K2, P2 rib for 2[3, 4, 4, 6, 6] rounds.
Switch to CC1 and work in established rib for 2 rounds.
Switch back to MC and work in established rib for 2[2, 2, 3, 3, 3] more rounds.
Switch to larger circular needle and work in St st in MC for 4.5[5.5, 6.25, 7, 8, 10] inches. Work stripe sequence.

Henry's SweaterSlip first 7[7, 8, 8, 9, 10] sts on to scrap yarn for underarm. If you are slipping an odd number of sts, slip one more stitch from before the marker. Slip remaining body sts onto additional scrap yarn.

Set aside.

 

SLEEVES (make 2)

Using larger dpns, cast on 24[28, 28, 32, 32, 38] sts. Place marker and join into the round, being careful not to twist.

Switch to smaller dpns.

Work K2, P2 rib for 2[2, 3, 4, 4, 4] rounds.
Switch to CC1 and work in established rib for 2 rounds.
Switch back to MC and work in established rib for 2[2, 2, 2, 3, 3] more rounds.
Switch to larger dpns and work in St st in MC, increasing 2 sts every 4[7, 7, 7, 7, 4] rounds, 3[2, 4, 4, 5, 6] times as follows:

Increase Round: K1, kfb, knit to within 2 sts of marker, kfb, k1.

You will have 30[32, 36, 40, 42, 50] sts after completing increases.

Work even until sleeve measures 4[5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9] inches from beg, then work stripe sequence.

Making sure half the stitches are before the stitch marker, and half are after, removing marker while slipping, slip 7[7, 8, 8, 9, 10] sts on to waste yarn. If you are slipping an odd number of stitches, note whether the odd st was before or after the marker and do the same for both sleeves. Tie the waste yarn so the stitches will not accidentally slide off. Slip remaining sleeve sts to scrap yarn and set aside. On second sleeve, slip underarm sts, and leave remaining sleeve sts on needle.

Henry's SweaterYOKE

Pm (marker should be different color to distinguish beg of round, knit 23[25, 28, 32, 33, 40] sleeve sts, pm, knit 37[39, 42, 46, 49, 54] body sts, pm, place next 7[7, 8, 8, 9, 10] sts on scrap yarn, knit 23[25, 28, 32, 33, 40] sleeve sts, pm, knit 37[39, 42, 46, 49, 54] body sts: 120[128, 140, 156, 164, 188] sts.

Begin working Garter Rib, working yoke decreases at the same time.

Round 1 (Decrease round): * K1, ssk, work Garter Rib to within 3 sts of next marker, k2tog, k1, sm; repeat from * around.
Round 2: K2, work in established Garter Rib to within 2 sts of next marker, k2, sm; repeat from * around.

Henry's SweaterRepeat Rounds 1 and 2 until 32[40, 44, 52, 52, 60] sts remain; switching to dpns when necessary. Bind off using the JSSBO: (k1, yo, k1, pass the yo and the first knit stitch over the second knit stitch, yo, k1, pass the yo and the first knit stitch over the second knit stitch, repeat until you have only one stitch, break yarn, and pull through).

 

FINISHING

Using a larger size dpn, pick up the left body sts remaining on scrap yarn. Using second dpn, pick up the corresponding sleeve stitches. Remove waste yarn. Thread a tapestry needle with a 24 inch length of CC1. Graft stitches together. Repeat for second sleeve. Use yarn tails to close holes.

Weave in all ends.

Wash gently in cold water and then tumble dry on low until slightly damp. Remove sweater from dryer and block to shape.

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Jenna is a SAHM and aspiring knitwear designer. In her spare time she likes to bake, sew, and can foods. She took up knitting in 2004 after watching her mother-in-law knit a sock. It stuck, unlike her many other hobbies, to the delight of her husband. She is getting used to knitting and living in Texas. You can visit her at her blog.

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