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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Cozy In Cables Toddler Sweater Pattern

Cozy In Cables Sweater in red lopi

Sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up. The sleeves are picked up at the armhole edge and knit down in the round.

No seams. No sewing required.

The back and front are the same.

Yarn: 250 yards of bulky weight wool. Sweater in picture was knit with Reynold's Lopi.

Needles: Size 10.5, 24 inch circular plus your preferred needles for knitting sleeves in the round: 10.5 double points, second 10.5 circular (for 2 circular method), or long 10.5 circular for Magic Loop.

Other needs:
cable needle
2 stitch markers
A second circular of same or smaller size OR a large stitch holder
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch. 4.5 rows per inch. (Approximate gauge is OK for CIC. It will fit some child who needs it.)

Finished Size: Toddler size 2. 24 inches at chest, 13 to 14 inches in length.

Abbreviations:
k - knit
p - purl
C4F - cable 4 to the front. Put 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front of work (toward you). Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.
C4B - cable 4 to the back. Put 2 stitches on a cable needle and hold in back of work (away from you). Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.
k2tog - knit two stitches together (right slanting decrease)
ssk - slip knitwise, slip knitwise, return slipped stitches to left needle and knit them together (left slanting decrease)
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Body of sweater from ribbing to underarm
Cast on 74 stitches, loosely.

Join and place marker (left side marker).

k1, p1 ribbing for 37 stitches.
Place marker. (right side marker)

Continue k1, p1 ribbing in the round for 2 inches.
End at the left side marker.

Circular Cozy In Cables Pattern:
Round 1: (k6, p2, k4, p2, (k1, p1) 4 times, k1, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice, once across front and once across back.
Round 2: (k6, p2, C4B, p2, k1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, C4F, p2, k6) twice.
Round 3: (k6, p2, k4, p2, (k1, p1) 4 times, k1, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice.
Round 4: (k6, p2, k4, p2, k1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, k4, p2, k6) twice.

Work Circular Cozy In Cables pattern for approximately 5 inches, ending at the left side marker after Row 3. (Total length, ~7 inches.)

Knit Row 4 of Circular Cozy in Cables Pattern across 37 stitches of sweater front.

Put the 37 front stitches on holder or slip onto a second circular needle, removing markers.

Upper Back
Continue around working Row 4 of Circular Cozy in Cables Pattern across 37 stitches of sweater back.

Turn work.

Flat Cozy in Cables Pattern:
Row 1: (WS) p6, k2, p4, k2, p1, (k1, p1) 4 times, k2, p4, k2, p6
Row 2: (RS) k6, p2, C4B, p2, k1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, C4F, p2, k6
Row 3: (WS) p6, k2, p4, k2, p1, (k1, p1) 4 times, k2, p4, k2, p6
Row 4: (RS) k6, p2, k4, p2, k1, (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, p2, k4, p2, k6

Knit Flat Cozy in Cables Pattern until measurement from underarm to top measures 6 inches, ending after Row 3.

Neck Ribbing
Row 1: (RS) k6, (k1, p1) 12 times, k7
Row 2: (WS) p6, (p1, k1) 12 times, p7

Work a total of 4 rows of neck ribbing ending after Row 2.

Leave stitches on needle or place on holder if you need the needle to work the front.
Do not bind off.
Cut yarn, leaving 6 feet of yarn attached to sweater for later use in binding off.

Upper Front and Neck Ribbing
Join yarn to start a WS row.
Work same as upper back and neck ribbing.

Shoulder Seam and Bindoff
With right sides together, bind off 6 stitches on the first shoulder using 3 needle bind off.
Without breaking yarn, bind off VERY LOOSELY across the outside (away from you) neck edge, stopping with 7 stitches remaining on needle.

Turn vest and bind off 6 stitches on the second shoulder using 3 needle bind off.
Without breaking yarn, bind off VERY LOOSELY across the remaining neck edge and weave yarn into first shoulder bind off.

Turn vest again and finish binding off the first edge weaving yarn into second shoulder bind off.

Make sure the neck opening will pull over your head before you cut and weave in the ends.

Sleeve of Cozy in Cables SweaterSleeves
Starting at underarm, pick up 24 stitches before the shoulder seam and 24 stitches after the shoulder seam.

The four stitches centered on the shoulder seam will be the cable and need to be on the same needle. (The entire cable pattern with the purl stitch border is 8 stitches, but only the actual cables stitches need to be together on the same needle.)

Place first marker 4 stitches before the shoulder seam to mark the start of the cable. Place an underarm marker at the center underarm.

The Sleeve Rounds start at the underarm marker.


Sleeve Rounds Without Decreases
Round 1: knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to underarm marker
Round 2: knit to first/cable marker, p2, C4F, p2, knit to underarm marker
Round 3: knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to underarm marker
Round 4: knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to underarm marker

Sleeve Rounds With Decreases
Round 1: knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to underarm marker
Round 2: k1, k2tog, knit to first/cable marker, p2, C4F, p2, knit to three stitches before underarm marker, ssk, k1
Round 3: knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to underarm marker
Round 4: k1, k2tog, knit to first/cable marker, p2, k4, p2, knit to three stitches before underarm marker, ssk, k1

Knit the 4 rounds of Sleeve Rounds Without Decreases one time.

Knit the 4 rounds of Sleeve Rounds With Decreases until 20 stitches remain.

Knit the 4 rounds of Sleeve Rounds Without Decreases until sleeve measures 8 inches, ending after Round 3.

Sleeve Ribbing
k1, p1 for 4 rounds.
Bind off.

Knit second sleeve same as first, substituting C4B for C4F.

Wash the sweater in mild soap (I use baby shampoo).
Lay out flat to block and dry.

Copyright Marguerite Byrne, 2006.
Send comments and corrections to knittingviolet@gmail.com

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