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Blossom

by Alexa Ludeman

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Intermediate

This little pullover was inspired by the Cherry Blossoms on the streets of Vancouver. A stroll through the city streets offers a snowstorm of pale pink petals, carpeting the sidewalk. A little lace mixed with textured garter stitch captures those breezy petals on a little one.


 


Sizes

0-6 months [6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 6-8 years]
Shown in size 2-4 years with ¾ length sleeves

Finished Measurements

Chest: 18[19½, 22, 23½, 25¼, 26¾] inches
Length: 7[9, 14, 15½, 16½, 18½] inches
Sleeve Length from under arm (full): 6½[7½, 8½, 10½, 11½, 12½] inches
Sleeve Length from underarm (¾): 5[6, 7, 9, 10, 11] inches

Materials

Debbie Bliss Rialto DK [100% Merino; 115 yards / 105 meters per 1.75 ounce / 50 gram ball];

#31 Banana; 2[3, 3, 4, 4, 5] balls

Recommended needle sizes

US 7 (4.5 mm) 20 inch circular needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles (set of 5)

Notions

Stitch marker
Waste yarn
Yarn needle

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches in Garter st
Gauge is critical for this design?

Pattern Notes

This pullover is worked from the top down, separating the sleeves and working them last. The lace panel is only worked on the front of the sweater.

Garter Stitch in the Round
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Purl around.

Lace Panel
Rnd 1: K3, *k1, yo, ssk, k5; repeat * to within 5 sts of next marker, k1, yo, ssk, k2.
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: Knit around.
Rnd 3: K1, k2tog *yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog; repeat * to within 5 sts of next marker, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1.
Rnd 5: K2, *k1, yo, ssk, k5; repeat * to within 5 sts of next marker, k1, yo, ssk, k2.
Rnd 7: Knit around.
Rnd 9: K2, *k5, yo, ssk, k1; repeat * to within 5 sts of next marker, k5.
Rnd 11: K2, *k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; repeat * to within 5 sts of next marker, k5.
Rnd 13: K2, *k5, yo, ssk, k1; repeat from * to 5 sts before marker, k5.
Rnd 15: Knit around.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, Basic Increases, Basic Decreases, Lace, Knitting from Charts

 

Instructions

Cast on 42[46, 52, 58, 64, 74] sts, place a marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1 (set up round): *P17 [19, 21, 23, 25, 29], pm, p4[4, 5, 6, 7, 8], pm; repeat from * once more.
Rnd 2 (Increase round): *K1, kfb, k to 2 sts before marker, kfb, k1; repeat from * 3 times more: 50[54, 60, 66, 72, 82] sts.
Rnd 3: Purl around.
Rnds 4 and 5: Repeat Rnds 2 and 3: 58[62, 68, 74, 80, 90] sts.
Rnd 6 (Lace Panel Set Up):
Front: K1, kfb, k1[2, 3, 0, 1, 3], pm, work Rnd 1 of lace chart over next 15[15, 15, 23, 23, 23] sts, pm, k1[2, 3, 0, 1, 3], kfb, k1, sm,
Left Sleeve, Back, and Right Sleeve: k1, kfb, knit to 2 sts before marker, kfb, k1, sm: 66[70, 76, 82, 88, 98] sts.
Continue to work the lace chart across the 15[15, 23, 23, 23, 23] sts between the markers.
Rnd 7: Purl around, working lace panel as established.
Rnd 8: Repeat Rnd 2, working lace panel as established.
Repeat Rnds 7 and 8, 8[9, 10, 11, 12, 12] times more, ending with Rnd 7: 138[150, 164, 178, 192, 202] sts.

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Separate Sleeves
Work as established across front, place left sleeve sts on waste yarn, cast on 4[4, 6, 6, 6, 6] sts, work as established across back, place right sleeve sts on waste yarn, cast on 4[4, 6, 6, 6, 6] sts: 90[98, 110, 118, 126, 134] sts.
Continue working as established (garter stitch in the round with lace panel in front) until piece measures 6½[8½, 13½, 14½, 15½, 17½] inches from cast on edge.
Work in garter stitch (without lace panel) for ½[½, ½, 1, 1, 1] inch.
Bind off all sts loosely

Sleeves (work 2)
Place sleeve sts from waste yarn onto double pointed needles.
Rnd 1: Knit across these sts, pick up 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3] sts from underarm, pm, pick up 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3] more sts from underarm: 32[34, 39, 42, 45, 46] sts.
Rnd 2: Purl around.
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until Sleeve measures 6½[7½, 8½, 10½, 11½, 12½] inches from underarm for full length sleeve or 5[6, 7, 9, 10, 11] inches from underarm for ¾ length sleeve.
Bind off all sts loosely.

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Finishing
Weave in ends and block lightly. Be careful when blocking, garter stitch can be very stretchy! Make sure not to block your sweater out too large.

 

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Alexa is a long time knitter and has been designing knitwear for a few years now. It began as a hobby, but as she started to delve deeper into the world of knitting shealso started working at her local yarn shop. Alexa loves to make beautiful fun knitted things for herself and everyone she loves! Alexa is the co-founder of Tin Can Knits, their designs are fresh and bold, fun to create, and full of retro quirkiness and playful attitude.

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