Thursday, April 19, 2012

Strawberry Sweater

I finished another sweater! Alec and I are moving to Oakland next month, so I've begun the processing of getting rid of excess stuff.  I've built up quite a yarn pile and I wanted to use up some of the stock instead of moving it across the country again. I chose a base of a couple different shades of yellow.  I went with a loose stripe pattern for the background since it would give me some room to change colors if I ran out as the sweater progressed. I made the pink and red strawberry shapes to add some variety to the stripes.

I finished the first sleeve and realized I didn't have enough yarn to create an identical one. I solved this by creating a different sleeve pattern with more pink and red yarn.  I have a pretty bad habit of making three of something to get a decent pair. I'm hoping one day to just make two.



 I used another pattern from my 1970 Women's Day magazine, if you're interested in the details they can be found after the jump.



Women's Day 101 Sweaters You Can Knit No. 3  © 1970
My personal notes are in red. Click on the pattern images to view them larger, they're the original design layouts that I did, but I altered them as I worked on the sweater.

 
Misses and Women's measurements-
Size:      8              10             12               14          16         18
Bust:     31 1/2      32 1/2       43                36         38          40
Waist:   23             24             25 1/2         27         29          31
Hips:     33 1/2      34 1/2       36               38          40         42


Crew-Necked Pullover

Sizes: Misses' 10 [12 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 20]. Garment width around underarms,  buttoned,  34 1/4" [ 36"- 38"- 40"- 42"- 43 1/2" ]
Materials: Columbia-Minerva Knitting Worsted, 4 [4 - 4 - 4 - 5 - 5] 4 -oz. skeins. Knitting needles No. 5 and No. 8, or size required to knit gauge. *I used No. 5 circular knitting needles, it helped in the end to make the neck ribbing have no seam.  I have no idea what Columbia-Minerva yarn is, I used Patons Classic Wool medium 100g/ 3.5 oz. and Plymouth Yarn Galway worsted 100 g.
Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rows = 2" (stockinette st on No. 8 needles).

Back: With No. 5 needles, cast on 76 [78 - 84 - 86 - 92 - 96] sts. Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 2", inc 2 [4 - 2 - 4 - 2 - 4] sts across the last row -- 78 [82 - 86 - 90 - 94 - 98] sts. Change to No. 8 needles and work in stockinette st (k on right side, p on wrong side) until 15" from beg, or desired length to underarms.
 Shape Armholes: Bind off 2 [2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 4] sts at the beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each edge every right-side row 6 [7 - 7 - 8 - 8 - 8] times -- 62 [64 - 66 - 68 - 70 - 74] sts. Work even until armholes measure 7" [7 1/4" - 7 1/2" - 7 3/4" - 8" - 8 1/4"] above beg of armhole shaping.
Shape Shoulders: Bind off 5 [5 - 6 - 6 - 6 - 7] sts at beg of next 2 rows, 7 sts at beg of nex 4 rows -- 24 [26 - 26 - 28 - 30 -32] sts. Sl sts to holder.
Front: Work same as back until 4 1/2" [4 3/4" - 5"- 5 3/4" - 6"] above beg of armhole shaping, end right side.
Shape Neck and Shoulders: Next row: P 23 [23 - 24 - 24 - 24 - 25] sts and sl to holder, p next (center) 16 [18 - 18 - 20 - 22 - 24] sts and sl to another holder, p across. Dec 1 st neck edge every other row 4 times -- 19 [19 - 20 - 20 - 20 - 21] sts. Work even until armhole is same length as on back to shoulder. Bind off 5[5 - 6 - 6 - 6 - 7} sts at armhole edge once, 7 sts at same edge twice. Beg at neck edge, joining another ball of yarn and work other side to correspond.
Sleeves: With No. 5 needles, cast on 38 [40 - 42 - 44 - 26 - 28] sts. Work in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 2 1/2', inc 2 [2 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4] sts on last row -- 40[42 - 46 - 48 - 50 - 52] sts. Change to No. 8 needles and work in stockinette st, inc 1 st each edge every 12th row 3 [3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1] times, then every 8th row 4 [4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 6] times -- 54 [56 - 60 - 62 - 64 - 66] sts. Work even until 17" from beg, or desired length to underarm, end wrong side.
Shape Cap: Bind off 2 [2 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3] sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each edge every right-side row until 26 sts remain. Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows --18 sts. Bind off
Finishing: Sew left should seam. *If you chose to use circular or doubled ended needles for the ribbing, you can sew both shoulder seams closed, then pick up the stitches for the neck band.
Neck band: With no. 5 needles, right side facing, beg at open seam, pick up and k 72 [74  -76 - 78 - 82 - 86] sts around neck edge, including sts on holders. Work in k 1, p1 ribbing for 1 1/4". Bind of loosely in ribbing.
Sew right should and neckband seams. Sew sleeves in place. Sew side and sleeves seams.

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