Author:
Makenzie Alvarez

Makenzie is the the yarn loving, cable obsessed, always knitting designer at Hanks And Needles. She is always working on new designs for the fiber community. When she doesn't have yarn in hand, she is busy enjoying time with her husband and 2 kids.

Winter's Embrace Sweater Knitting Pattern

Patterns/DIY
10/5/2018

Hello Everyone! I am Makenzie creator and maker at Hanks And Needles. I have been creative all my life in a wide range of mediums; drawing, painting, ceramics, metal work, color theory, jewelry, sewing, acting, and of course knitting. My love for yarn (and knitting) began in 2000, but became a passion when I taught myself to cable in 2012. That was the year I dove into my maker business.


Here we are nearly 6 years later. I have now been a full time maker for a year, and recently switched to strictly pattern designing. I decided to challenge myself this year and design 12 new patterns. Inspired by the new state we lived in and the fact I now get to enjoy cozy knits, I sat down and created my first (of many) garments.



Supplies:

  • We Are Knitters The Meri Wool; (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 149 yds/136 m; 3.5 oz/100g per ball)
  • S/M 8 balls [1,200 yards (1,098 m)]
  • L/XL 11 balls [1,650 yards 1,500 m)]
  • Circular needles: US6 (4 mm) length 32” (80 cm)
    minimum, US8 (5 mm) length 32”(80 cm) minimum
  • Stitch Markers and 1 split-ring or removable marker
  • Cable Needle
  • Tapestry needle


Key:

  • CO - cast on
  • BO - bind off
  • K - knit
  • P - purl
  • PM - place marker
  • St st - Stockinette stitch
  • Rnd - knit in the round
  • 2/2 RC - slip 2 on cable needle hold in back, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle
  • 2/2 LC - slip 2 on cable needle hold in front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle
  • K2tog - knit 2 stitches together
  • Ssk - slip 2 sts individually knitwise, retaining new orientation return sts to left needle and knit them tog through the back loops.
  • K1f&b - knit 1 front and back of stitch

Gauges:

US8 (5 mm): 16 sts x 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st, adjust needle size to obtain gauge.

US6 (4 mm): 21 sts x 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) in 1x1 Rib, adjust needle size to obtain gauge.

Notes:

Instructions are giving for size S/M with the larger size in parentheses. When only one set of instructions are given, it applies to all sizes.

Body of sweater is worked flat and seamed (these are the ONLY seams in the pattern). The body is written, and cable section is charted. Sleeves are worked in the round using magic loop method, and have instructions for short, 3/4, and long sleeves. Border stitches are picked up around the body edges for the seamless finish.


Stitch Patterns:

Stockinette Stitch worked Flat (any number of sts)


Row 1 (RS): Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Stockinette Stitch worked in the Round (any number of sts)

Knit all sts every rnd.


1x1 Rib (multiple of 2 sts)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1; rep to end. Row 2: *P1, K1; rep to end.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.


Finished Sizes (body before folding and seaming):

S/M: 24” x 40” (61 x 101 cm)

L/XL: 29” x 48” (74 x 121 cm)



Body:
With your US8 (5 mm) circular needle, the circular needle here is used to accommodate the number of stitches.

CO: 94 (114) sts
Note: The Cable Panel chart shows only the 18 sts of the Cable Panel.


Row 1 and all WS Rows: P5, k3, p12, k3, p48 (68), k3, p12, k3, p5. 94 (114) sts

Row 2 (RS): K5, p3, k6, 2/2 RC, k2, p3, k48 (68), p3, k6, 2/2 RC, k2, p3, k5.

Row 4: K5, p3, k4, (2/2 RC) x 2, p3, k48 (68), p3, k4, (2/2 RC) x 2, p3, k5.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 8: K5, p3, k2, 2/2 LC, k6, p3, k48 (68), p3, k2, 2/2 LC, k6, p3, k5.

Row 10: K5, p3, (2/2 LC) x 2, k4, p3, k48 (68), p3, (2/2 LC) x 2, k4, p3, k5.

Row 12: Repeat Row 8.

Repeat Rows 1-12 until you have reached 40 (48)” [101 (121) cm], placing the removable marker in the last st at the end of Row 116 (138).

BO in pattern.

Fold body in half width-wise and seam each short edge 4.75 (5.25)” [12 (13) cm] from the outer edges toward fold.



Sleeves:

With RS facing and US8 (5 mm) needle pick up and knit 48 (58) sts evenly spaced around arm opening (approx every other st along short edges). PM at the beginning of the rnd, and join to knit in the round.

Short Sleeves: Work1x1 rib for 6 rnds. BO in pattern

loosely.

3/4 Sleeves: Work St st in the rnd for 5” (12 cm), then work 1x1 Rib for 9 more rnds. BO in pattern loosely.

Long Sleeves: Work St st in the rnd for 7” (17 cm) or to desired length.

Next Rnd (Dec): K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, ssk.

Next: Work St st in the rnd for 14 more rnds, rep Dec Rnd on the 7th, 12th, and 14th rnds.

Next: Work 1x1 rib for 11 rows.

BO in pattern loosely.


Bottom:
Note: this is the previously marked edge.


With RS facing, and US6 (4 mm) needle pick up and knit 67 (87) sts (approx 1 st every 3 rows) along marked edge, with the marked stitch as your center. Adjust the rate of pick up if needed to arrive at the correct number of sts.

Row 1 (set up): K1f&b across; 134 (174) sts. Row 2: P2, (k1, p1) repeat to last 2 sts, k2.

Repeat Row 2 until Bottom measures 4” (10 cm) from picked up sts.

BO in pattern loosely.

Collar:

With RS facing and US6 (4 mm) needle, pick up and knit 186 (234) sts (approx 2 sts every 3 rows) around body, begin at right edge of ribbed bottom and finishing at the left edge of ribbed bottom. Adjust the rate of pick up if needed to arrive at the correct number of sts.

Row 1 (set up): K1f&b across. 372 (436) sts Next: Work 1x1 rib for 5” (12 cm).


BO in pattern loosely.

Weave in ends. Block and enjoy your new sweater.


The pattern and photographs are the property of Hanks And Needles and are subject to copyright. You can get a downloadable version that will be available on 19 October 2018, on my website, Ravelry, and Love Knitting.


Dont forget to share your progress and finished sweaters with me on Instagram. I cant wait to see them all.

Happy Knitting,

Makenzie

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