Eden's Sweater - Free Knitting Pattern

Some people like to plan carefully and get things right the first time.  I am impatient, and I just want to knit.  So, when my daughter asked me for a sweater.  I just dove right in. 

Here's the thing.  I don't really know how the yarn will fall until I try things out.  And I am 20 years in on this whole knitting thing.  I long ago realized I am WAY more into the process than the product.  So, I don't mind ripping out and starting over until I get it right. 

I mean...immediate frustration upon realizing I've knit for about 8 hours and it's not going to work is imminent.  But then, I just shake it off and remind myself, "Well, that just means more knitting for me!" And, oh.  That's a good thing.

This project started out as a request.  My 14 year old daughter wanted a sweater.  Now, I have just about had it with requests from my kids.  Because I have knit an untold number of items that were seldom used.  That is ever so frustrating.

And I've been trying to NOT buy yarn until I use up the ridiculous collection I have acquired through yarn stores, estate sales and thrifting, but this teen didn't like any of the colors I had on stock.  Besides, I didn't have enough of any one color for a sweater, anyway.  So, I agreed to one more "upon request" knitting attempt, and I let her pick the color.  We opted for Loops and Threads Impeccable in Burgundy.

Then, she gave me a favorite sweater to take measurements for fitting.  (Well, actually, we started by trying to imitate a sweatshirt she loved, but that entire project was an epic fail, so I will spare you the heartache.)



Materials
Yarn:  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Burgundy
Needles: size 4 (for ribbed hem), size 7 (main work), size 10 (collar) straight or circular (knit flat)
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 in. single rib on size 4 needles; 14sts = 4 in SS on size 7 needles*

* It has been previously brought to my attention that I have a ridiculously loose gauge.  (I have been knitting for 20 years, and beginning knitter's tend to knit tightly.) This is not the gauge recommended on Loops and Threads yarn.  So, if you try this pattern, just choose a yarn and needle size to match the gauge.  You may need to buy a step up in yarn (like bulky [5] instead of worsted [4]).  Since I am offering it as a free knitting pattern, I'm just sharing it in my own personal gauge.

Instructions

Sweater Front

  1. Using size 4 needles, CO 95 sts.
  2. K for 2 in. in single rib.
  3. Switch to size 7 needles.  *K3, K2tog*  Repeat from * to * until the end of row.
  4. K SS to 16 in.
  5. K 31, BO 13, K 31.
  6. Work left shoulder.  
    1. Knit to end of row.
    2. Purl.
    3. K2tog, k to end of row.
    4. Purl
    5. Repeat subset rows 3 and 4 until 20 sts remain.
    6. BO. (Final shoulder width should be approx. 5.5 inch.)
  7. Work right shoulder
    1. Pick up at neck.  Purl across.
    2. K to last 2 sts, SSK
    3. Purl
    4. Repeat subset rows 2 and 3 until 20 sts. remain.
    5. BO. (Final shoulder width should be approx. 5.5 inch.)
Sweater Back
  1. Using size 4 needles, CO 95 sts.
  2. K for 2 in. in single rib.
  3. Switch to size 7 needles.  *K3, K2tog*  Repeat from * to * until the end of row.
  4. K SS to 18 in.
  5. K 31, BO 13, K 31.
  6. Work left shoulder.  
    1. Knit to end of row.
    2. Purl.
    3. K2tog, k to end of row.
    4. Purl
    5. Repeat subset rows 3 and 4 until 20 sts remain.
    6. BO. (Final shoulder width should be approx. 5.5 inch.)
  7. Work right shoulder
    1. Pick up at neck.  Purl across.
    2. K to last 2 sts, SSK
    3. Purl
    4. Repeat subset rows 2 and 3 until 20 sts. remain.
    5. BO. (Final shoulder width should be approx. 5.5 inch.)
Sleeves 

  1. Using size 4 needles, CO 34 sts.  K single rib for 2 in. Switch to size 7 needles.
  2. Using size 7 needles, K in SS, increasing in first and last st. every 5th row in a 6 row repeat until work measures 16 in wide (approx. 12 increase rows). 
  3. Knit SS until work measures 18 in. long. (This is a drop sleeve sweater, so there is extra length on shoulders.) 


Finishing
Sew together sweater front and back shoulders and sides, leaving 8 in. for sleeves.  Sew sleeve sides together.  Sew sleeves to sweater front and back.

Collar
On back, using size 10 needles, pick up 52 sts. evenly across.  K in single rib for 8 rows.  BO right side.

On front, using size 10 needles, pick up and knit 32 sts. evenly across.  K in single rib for 8 rows.  BO right side.  Sew front and back collar together.

Sew in all loose ends.

Happy Sweater Knitting!

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