Monday, February 05, 2007

Sunshine!

Sunshine won the first knitting challenge over on Craftster. Yes, I am very excited! Thanks to all y'all that voted! So in the spirit of sharing that is craftster here is the pattern for my entry. Although it is only written for one size, it is basically a top down raglan, with a lace panel on the sleeve, and picked up neckline and collar. With a few changes it can be knit to fit your measurements. There are notes in the pattern as to when to alter measurements. Both the body and the sleeves are knit in the round so there is only one seam to sew. Please leave me a comment if you are having trouble. Just send me an email and I will be glad to help you figure out how to make it based on your measurements (amandawynkoop at hotmail dot com). If you decide to knit this please let me know! I would love to see different versions of it!
Pictures are here.


size:
small (34" bust)
approximate finished body length:
24"
gauge:
5 stitches and 7 rows per inch - stockinette stitch on size 6 needle
materials:

  • 3 skeins Caron Simply Soft, 100% Acrylic worsted weight yarn; 330 yards per 6 oz skein.
  • US size 5 29-inch circular needle
  • US size 5 double point needles-(I had to go down a needle size to get gauge on sleeves-sz 6 may work for you!)
  • US size 6 29-inch circular needle
  • US size 10.5 circular needle (this is for picking up stitches along either side of the neck, so straight needles can be used if you like-I just prefer circs.)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • 4 stitch markers of one color(A), 4 stitch markers of another color(B)
  • 4 buttons (7/8" size)
  • needle and thread

Garter Stitch Lace Pattern:
(when working flat)
Row 1-6: Knit across
Row 7 & 9: *YO, K2tog*
Row 8 & 10: *YO, P2tog*
Repeat these 10 rows for pattern.

(when working in the round)
Row 1 & 3 & 5: Knit across
Row 2 & 4 & 6: Purl across
Row 7 & 9: *YO, K2tog*
Row 8 & 10: *K2tog, YO*
Repeat these 10 rows for pattern.

BODY:
Using the long tail method, and size 6 needles, cast on 48 stitches. (Cast on more stitches if you are making a larger size.)
Purl first row placing markers (SM = sleeve markers, LM = lace inset markers) as follows:
p2, SM, p1, LM, p6, LM, p1, SM, p28, SM, p1, LM, p6, LM, p1, SM, p2.

(Make sure to read ahead so you catch all the "at the same time" instructions.)

Working back and forth in stockinette stitch (k the RS rows, p the WS rows) on each RS row, increase (kfb) in the first and last stitch on the needle, 2 times.
At the same time, on each RS row, increase (kfb) before and after each SM until raglan increase seam (measured on diagonal from shoulder to underarm) measures 10 inches.
At the same time, work the Garter Stitch Lace pattern over the 6 stitches between the LM. Make sure to work the "when working flat" portion of the lace pattern.

When raglan increase seam measures 10 inches (add 1/4 inch for each size up), divide the body from the sleeve stitches as follows: (RS row) knit across left front to first sleeve marker. Slip SM. Place sleeve stitches on scrap yarn slip the LMs as you come to them. Make a note of where you are in the Garter Lace Pattern. Remove second SM. Knit across back to next sleeve marker. Slip SM. Place sleeve stitches on scrap yarn and slip the LMs as you come to them. Remove last SM. Continue knitting to end. The SM now seperate the back from the front of the body of the sweater and will be used for waist shaping later.

Continue working body back and forth in stockinette stitch until neck to back measures 11.5 inches (this is the depth of the neckline- ideally you want this to fall below your bustline).

At the end of the next RS row, cast on 20 stitches. (If you are making a larger size cast on enough stitches so you have the same number of stitches for the front of your sweater as you do for the back.) Join to work the rest of the body in the round until work measures 19.5 inches.
At the same time, begin waist shaping when body from neck to back measures 12 inches (if you are making a different size add 1/4 inch for each larger size before beginning waist shaping) .

Waist Shaping:
Decrease: *Work to 3 stitches before next marker, SSK, k1, slip marker, k1, K2tog.* Repeat from * to * for other side. Work 1 inch.

Repeat waist shaping decrease with 1 inch of stockinette stitch in between three times.

Increase: *Work to 2 stitches before next marker, Kfb, k1, slip marker, k1, Kfb.* Repeat from * to * for other side. Work 1 inch.

Repeat waist shaping increase with 1 inch of stockinette stitch in between two times.

When work measures 19.5 inches (2.5 inches below your natural waist if you are making your own- waist shaping should be completed- switch to size 5 circs and work 2x2 ribbing for 4 inches. You may have to increase or decrease to adjust stitch count to be divisible by 4.

BO loosely. I used Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind off. (This involves the use of a tapestry needle with an extremely long tail of the yarn. It produces an extremely stretchy edge and is excellent for the top of socks. Using this long tail, pull the needle through two front loops as if to purl, then back through the first stitch as if to knit. Drop the first stitch off. Repeat to the end.) If you need a visual Knitty has a great tutorial, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it.

SLEEVES:
Place sleeve stitches on size US 5 DPN's ( I used sz. 5 to make up for the difference in my gauge- you may find that you need to stitck with size 6 dpn.- Feel free to use your favorite method of knitting in the round). In the underarm gap, pick up and knit 2 stitches, PM, pick up and knit 2 stitches. (Pick up enough stitches to close gap in underarm and make it lay smooth). Knit sleeves in the round, continue working Garter Lace Pattern from where you left off. Remember to use the 'in the round' directions for working the Garter Lace Pattern.
At the same time, shape sleeves as follows:

Sleeve shaping:
Work sleeve decreases on the same round as Row 1 of the Garter Lace Pattern. (I began sleeve shaping 1.5 inches after joining sleeves to work in the round. You will want to work through the remaining rows of the Garter Stitch Lace pattern repeat that you left incomplete before switching to working in the round. Remember you want to decrease every time you come to row 1 of the Garter stitch lace.) Work to 3 stitches before marker, SSK, k1, slip marker, k1, K2tog. (Repeat sleeve decrease 8 times.)

Work sleeves until Garter Lace Insert is 22.5" inches from cast on edge. (If you are making a larger size or if you have long arms, work until sleeve -measured from underarm- is three inches shorter than your arm measurement.) Make sure you complete through row 10 of Garter Stitch Lace before beginning sleeve ribbing. You may need to adjust stitch count to be divisible by four to work 2x2 ribbing. Work 2x2 ribbing for4 inches. BO all stitches loosley. (Again I used Elizabeth Zimmermann's sewn bind off.) Repeat for other sleeve.

Neckline Shaping:
Try on sweater. On the right side of the neck opening, mark the row that crosses your collarbone. This will be the top of the asymetrical neck. Mark the same row on the left side of the neck opening. (Mine happened to be 9 rows down.)

(With right side of sweater facing you, drape sweater across lap with neck opening to your left, BO edge to your right.) Starting at the first row on the right side of the neck with size US 10.5 needles pick up 1 stitch on every other row until you reach your collarbone marker. Make sure the number of stitches you pick up is divisible by two. Write down this number. Knit one row. Working back and forth complete two repeats of the Garter Stitch Lace pattern. Knit three rows. BO. (If you are making a larger size you may need to work more rows of the garter stitch lace. Just make sure your panels will overlap to button.)

(With right side of sweater facing you, drape sweater across lap with neck opening to your right, BO edge to your left.) Starting at the collarbone marker, pick up the same number of stitches as on the right side. Knit 6 rows. BO.

Carefully sew edges of collar pieces to neckline as follows: Overlap the last garter stitch row and BO row of each side of collar with the garter stitch lace panel on top. Pin together. Evenly pin the edge of the collar to the bottom of the neckline. Sew the edge of the collar to the bottom of the neckline making sure to sew the garter stitch lace panel on top of the garter stitch band.

Evenly space the buttons down the middle of the garter stitch band using the holes left by the YO's in the garter stitch lace as button holes. Sew on buttons.

Ribbed collar:
With size 5 needles, starting on the 6th row of the edge of the garter stitch lace panel, to the edge of the button band, evenly pick up 78 stitches (if you are knitting a larger size pick up more stitches divisible by 4 +2 ).
row 1:*P2, K2*
row 2:*K2, P2*
repeat these two rows for 4.5 inches. BO all stitches.

Weave in all loose ends. Toss in the washer and dryer. (Please make sure your fiber is washable if you used a different one than I did.) Wear and feel fabulous!

19 comments:

Yarn It said...

That is sooooo wonderful! Congratulations!!! I will have to make it. What a great knitting accomplishment, Amanda!

Olga said...

Congrats!!!What's next? Vogue? Interweave Knits? Hey, the sky's the limit!

TheSteph said...

Wow, that is really impressive. I guess I didn't realize you WROTE the pattern???!!!

The sweater's great, and I meant to ask where the pattern came from earlier... (been having fucking blogger probs) But YEAH. THAT is really something to be proud of!

Forget quilting. Take knitting & run with it, woman!

del said...

Congrats, girl!! And thanks so much for the pattern!

Dawn said...

I'm so happy that you won! that is fantastic! The pattern is wonderful and I hope you get lots of people making it.

Amysatx said...

Wow! The sweater is gorgeous!! Congratulaions!! BTW I too, am currently knitting up the tesselated fish blanket! I'm up to 63 fish knit with the idea of knitting 160.

Katie said...

I love the sweater and congratulations on winning the craftster contest! I've been looking for a sweater pattern to knit and now I've found it! Thanks :-D

Emily said...

that is a GREAT pattern! i am knitting it right now and will send you pics as soon as i'm done! i have hit a snag, however. i am to the waist decreases, do you work the decrease for 1 inch, then stockinnette for 1 inch in between, or just work the decrease for 1 round? thanks!

Auntie Amanda said...

Emily-You work the waist decreases twice in one round (*Work to 3 stitches before next marker, SSK, k1, slip marker, k1, K2tog.* on each side). Then you work in stockinette stitch for one inch (7 rows if you are getting gauge). You will work the decrease row, followed by 7 rows (or 1 inch) of stockinette a total of 4 times. Hope this helps! I can't wait to see your Sunshine!

Emily said...

ugh, thank you so much on the speedy help! so i WAS doing it right, thank god i don't have to frog all the decreases!! thank you so much again for the awesome pattern, i am doing mine in soft pink caron simply soft :) this is my first sweater i've ever made for myself!

Steph-bunny said...

I love the pattern, it's fantastic! I'm hoping it will be my first finished sweater! XD

I'm just wondering how to increase the sweater size to a 44" Bust? Thank you for your future reply! XD

Anonymous said...

I am knitting your great sweater but I have two questions. I am at the part where I just placed the sleeves onto the scrap yarn. My first question is that I am not really sure what you mean "until neck to back measures 11.5 inches." Do you mean go an inch and a half longer than the increase seam was or do you mean knit for 11.5 inches from where I removed the sleeves? My other question was about how in the next paragraph you say to co 20 stitches or more if it is a larger size so it coordinates with the number as in the back. I am doing it for the small just like it is written. My question is does that mean I should have only 20 stitches between the sleeve markers because I have more like 75 and I am freaking out that I messed up somewhere or misunderstood something. Could it be ok or am I off? Thank you SOOOO much for your help. This is only my second sweater and I am so excited to be working on it.

Jinky said...

hi amanda,
saw Sunshine, and really liking to knit that one up. was wondering if you can help me figure out the cast-on, my size is bust size measures 38-40.
Thank you so much.

Amanda said...

Jinky, to fit a size 38-40
Using the long tail method, and size 6 needles, cast on 60 stitches.
Purl first row placing markers (SM = sleeve markers, LM = lace inset markers) as follows: p4, SM, p2, LM, p6, LM, p2, SM, p32, SM, p2, LM, p6, LM, p2, SM, p4.

leah said...

Hi Amanda,

I would like to knit this for a 30-32 inch bust, could you please help? Also, since I am smaller where would this impact the sleeve?

Thanks!
leah

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Linda said...

This is a very beautiful pattern! I would love to make it for my plus size frame. Would you consider adjusting the pattern and adding sizes to it? I would be more than happy to pay for the pattern!