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Diamond & Bobble

Experienced
By Shelley D. Jones

Blue and white is a classic color combination that never goes out of style. These colors bring to mind vintage fabrics, fine china, and snow drifts against the winter sky. I wanted to design a sweater for my daughter using these two colors and a relatively easy "Fair Isle" pattern that also incorporates texture. This diamond and bobble design is just enough to add interest but not be overbearing, and it can be used for either a girl or a boy. The color patterns used here involve only a four stitch repeat. The yoke sweater design is my favorite because there is very little seaming.

SIZE

2T, 4T, 6, 8, 10

Shown in size 2T

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 26[28.75, 30.5, 32.25, 34] inches
Length: 13[15, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5] inches

MATERIALS

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted [100% superwash wool; 225 yards/205 meters per 4 ounce/114 gram hank]

#0 Natural (MC); 2[2, 3, 3, 4] hanks
#41 China Blue (CC); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 24 or 32 inch circular needle
US #8/5 mm 32 inch circular needle
US #7/4.5 mm double pointed needles
US #8/5 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS

Stitch markers
.5 inch Buttons - 5
Scrap yarn to hold sleeve stitches
Tapestry needle

GAUGE

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st with larger needles

PATTERN NOTES

This sweater is worked from the bottom up to the armholes. The sleeves are knit separately in the round, and then joined to the body in the traditional yoke style. Note that because this sweater is not knitted in the round, there is one row in the Fair Isle pattern that requires cutting the yarn before proceeding with the next row.

MB (make bobble): With MC [k1, p1, k1, p1] in 1 st, turn, p4tog, turn, wyif sl resulting st back to right hand needle.

Skills Required

Fair Isle, knitting on dpns.


INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

Using smaller needles, cast on 116[128, 136, 144, 152] sts.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 4 rows.
Switch to larger needles and work in St st until piece measures 7.5[8.5, 10.5, 12, 13.5] inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.

Divide for Armholes
DiamondP 26[29, 31, 33, 35] sts for left front, bind off next 6 sts for left underarm (one st remaining on right needle in second section), purl 51[57, 61, 65, 69], bind off next 6 sts for right underarm, purl remaining sts for right front. Set aside: 52[58, 62, 66, 70] sts for back and 26[29, 31, 33, 35] sts for each front.

SLEEVE (make 2)

With smaller size dpns and MC, cast on 28[30, 32, 34, 36] sts. Pm and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 4 rnds. 
Switch to larger size dpns and work 2 rnds in St st, then work 4-row sleeve pattern.

Sleeve pattern
Rnd 1: * With MC K2, with CC k1, with MC k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: * With MC K1, with CC k1, p1, k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 3: * With MC K1, with CC p1, k1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 4: * With MC K2, with CC p1, with MC k1; repeat from * to end.

Increase Rnd: Kfb, knit around to last st, kfb: 30[32, 34, 36, 38] sts.
Working in St st, continue to increase one st on each side of marker, every 5[6, 6, 6, 6] rounds, 7[8, 8 9, 9] times more: 44[48, 50, 54, 56] sts.
Work even until Sleeve measures 8.5[10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5] inches from beg, ending last rnd 3 sts before marker.
Bind off next 6 sts, knit around: 38[42, 44, 48, 50] sts.
Slip sts onto scrap yarn and set aside.  Make another sleeve to match; do not slip sts onto scrap yarn.

Join Yoke

Join all pieces as follows: with RS facing and MC, knit 26[29, 31, 33, 35] sts of right front, pm, knit 38[42, 44, 48, 50] sts of right sleeve, pm, knit 52[58, 62, 66, 70] sts of back, pm, knit 38[42, 44, 48, 50] sts of left sleeve, pm, knit 26[29, 31, 33, 35] sts of left front: 180[200, 212, 228, 240] sts. 

Shape Yoke

Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Knit across decreasing 0[0,2,3,0] sts evenly spaced: 180 [200, 210, 225, 240] sts.
Work even until Yoke measures 1.5[1.75, 2, 2, 2] inches, ending by working a WS row.
Decrease Row 1: * K3, k2tog; repeat from * across: 144[160, 168, 180, 192] sts.
Work even until Yoke measures 2.75[3.25, 3.75, 4, 4] inches.
Decrease Row 2: K0[0, 4, 4, 0], * k2, k2tog; repeat from * around to last 0[0, 4, 0, 0] sts, k0[0, 4, 0, 0]: 108[120, 128, 136, 144] sts.

DiamondYoke Pattern

Row 1 (WS): * With MC p1, with CC p1, with MC p2; repeat from * across.
Row 2: * With MC k1, with CC k1, p1, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 3: * With CC k1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 4: * With CC p1, k3; repeat from * across.
Row 5: * With CC p1, with MC MB, with CC p2; repeat from * across.
Row 6: * With CC p1, k3; repeat from * across.
Row 7: * With CC k1, p1, k1, with MC p1; repeat from * across.
Row 8: * With MC k2, with CC p1, with MC k1; repeat from * across.

With MC, work in St st until Yoke measures 4.25[4.75, 5.25, 5.75, 6] inches.
Decrease Row 3: K1[1, 1, 2, 1], k2tog, * K1, k2tog; repeat from * across to last 0[0, 2, 0, 0] sts, k2tog 0[0, 1, 0, 0] time: 72[80, 85, 91, 96] sts.
Work even until Yoke measures 5.25[6.25, 6.75, 7.25, 7.75] inches.
Decrease Row 4: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * across to last 0[2, 1, 1, 0] sts, k0[2, 1, 1, 0]: 48[54, 57, 61, 64] sts. 

NECKBAND

Switch to smaller needles.
Work in k1, p1 rib for .75 inch decreasing 0[0, 1, 1, 0] st on first row: 48[54, 56, 60, 64] sts.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

FINISHING

Block to measurements.  Sew underarm seams.

BUTTON BAND (worked on left front for girls and right front for boys)
With smaller needles and RS facing, pick up and knit 3 sts for every 4 rows along center front edge.
Work in k1, p1 rib for .75 inch. 
Bind off all sts in pattern. 
Mark placement of 5 buttons with first button .5 inch above cast on edge and last button .5 inch below bound off edge; space remaining buttons evenly in between.

BUTTONHOLE BAND (worked on right front for girls and left front for boys)
Rows 1 and 2: Work in k1, p1 rib.
Row 3: Work in k1, p1 rib to first buttonhole position, YO, k2tog, * work in established rib to the next buttonhole position, YO, k2tog; repeat from * across, work in established rib across. 
Work even until Buttonhole Band measures .75 inches.
Bind off all sts in pattern.

Weave in loose ends. Sew buttons to Button Band opposite buttonholes. Block again, if desired.

 

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About 6 years ago, Shelley rediscovered knitting as a way to cope with her stressful day job, and found herself addicted. She is busy raising two young daughters with her husband and trying to find a way to knit in her sleep.

 

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