Thursday, January 3, 2008
Kid's Seamless Sweater
This is what I've had envisioned in my head since last summer. I can't believe I finally came up with how I want to do the sleeves. This was my 4th try at the sweater and I believe I've perfected it this time around. I'm sharing the pattern notes because I LOVE to share my learnings. I write my patterns very loosely, so if you've got any questions, please let me know and I can try to walk you through it.
My model wears a size 2-3t
I used the magic loop method on 32 in size 8 circs. The yarn was respun worsted weight, hand dyed cotton. I prepped 226 yards and didn't use all of it. 200 should do you just fine.
Gauge is 4 sts per inch in stockinette st.
co 60 sts
pm, join and work 1x1 rib for 2 inches
k one round
work one inc round, k2m1 (I pick up and k the yarn between two stitches as to be less noticeable)
k 5-7 rounds (remember, you're working with magic loop, so you can try the sweater on your kid!)
work one inc round.
k 8ish rounds, remember try it on to see if you're ready to start the arm holes yet.
At this point I've got 132 st on my needle. I have a feeling that I may have zoned out during the inc rounds so you may have a tad more or less then I do. that's no problem. This pattern is forgiving.
I'm going to explain the arm holes using my 132 sts, but if you have more/less, just know that each arm hole has 1/4 of the total stitches.
arm holes: starting at your marker, k16, place next 33 st on waste yarn, k33, place 33 on waste yarn, k to end of round
next round: k round rejoining at arm holes as if nothing weird is happening
k to desired length
work 5 rows garder st, bind off using a stretchy bo method
arms: (if you just pick up the stitches and start knitting, you'll need to sew up the hole in the pits afterward. I'm much too lazy for that. I do NOT like "finishing". So my trick was to sew up that little hole with 3 or 4 stitches with my darning needle BEFORE I even placed my sts back on my needle from the waste yarn. And another trick is to sew it from the pit down, that way your working yarn is already there for you)
Sew up pit hole (weave in end of yarn), place live sts back on your circs, join and work 1x1 rib for 10 rows, BO using a stretchy BO and do the same on the other arm.
Weave in the co and bo tail yarns and put this baby on your kid and admire your work!
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