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Charlie's Polo

by Jenna Swanson

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Intermediate

Summer in Texas can be described in one word: HOT. A knitting mom only has so many options when the heat gets bad, but I still have the desire to deck my boys out in cute knitwear. The stripes are cheery, colorful, and bold- perfect for the bright summer sun. This smart polo is a bit oversized to allow for a good amount of airflow as they investigate, play, and run around.


 


Sizes

0-6 months [6-12 months, 12-18 months, 2, 4, 6, 8]

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19.4(22.3, 23.3, 25.7, 27, 30, 33.5) inches
Length: 10½[11¾, 13¼, 15½, 18, 20½, 23] inches

Materials

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton [100% organic cotton; 150 yards / 137 meters per 3.50 ounce / 100 gram hank];

#608 Lemonade [shown in size 4]; 1[1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2]
#632 Mediterranean; 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2]
#628 Azul; 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2]
#633 Pickle; 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2]

Recommended needle sizes

US 6 (4 mm) 24 inch circular needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) 24 inch circular needle
US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles (set of 5)

Notions

4 stitch markers for raglan shaping (one unique)
Beginning of round marker
Waste yarn
Yarn needle

Gauge

16½ sts and 22 rnds = 4 inches in St st using larger size needles
Gauge is critical for this design

Pattern Notes

To achieve a more casual look, button bands are for decoration only and do not include directions for button holes. Polo is worked from the top down.

Skills Required

knitting in the round, basic increases (M1L, M1R), basic decreases, changing color (stripes), sewing hems

Instructions

Collar
Using smaller needles, with MC, cast on 47[53, 57, 63, 65, 69, 77] sts.
Row 1 (WS): (K1, p1) across to last st, k1.
Row 2 (RS): Sl 1 purlwise, (k1, p1) across.

Shaping
Row 1 (Decrease row): Sl first st purlwise, p1, k2tog, k1, (p1, k1) across to last 4 sts, k2tog, p1, k1: 45[51, 55, 61, 63, 67, 75] sts.
Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, k1, p2, k1, (p1, k1) across to last 4 sts, p2, k1, p1.
Row 3 (Decrease row): Sl 1 purlwise, p1, k2tog, p1, (k1, p1) across to last 4 sts, k2tog, p1, k1: 43[49, 53, 59, 61, 65, 73] sts.
Row 4: Sl 1 purlwise, (k1, p1) across.
Repeat Rows 1-4, 1[1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3] times more: 39[45, 45, 51, 53, 53, 61] sts.
Next Row: Sl 1 purlwise, (p1, k1) across.

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Yoke
Switch to larger needles.
Establish raglan shaping: K8[9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12] for left front, place unique marker, k4[5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6] for left sleeve, pm, k15[17, 17, 21, 21, 21, 25] for back, pm, k4[5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6] for right sleeve, pm, k8[9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12] for right front.
Row 1 (WS): Purl across.
Row 2 (RS – Increase row): Knit to 1 st before marker, M1L, k1, slm, k1, M1R) 4 times, knit to end.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until sweater measures 2[2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3] inches from the beginning of the raglan shaping, ending with a RS row.
Joining Row: Join to work in rounds, knit around. New beginning of round is located at the first left sleeve marker.
Rnd 1: (Sm, k1, M1R, knit to 1 st before marker, M1L, k1) 4 times.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until there are 40[46, 48, 54, 56, 62, 70] sts for the front, 28[33, 35, 39, 39, 45, 52] sts for each sleeve, and 39[45, 47, 51, 57, 63, 71] sts for the back: 135[157, 165, 183, 191, 215, 245] sts.
Next Rnd: Sm, place 28[33, 35, 39, 39, 45, 52] sts on waste yarn, cast on 3[3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5] sts using backward loop method, k39[45, 47, 51, 57, 63, 71] sts, place 28[33, 35, 39, 39, 45, 52] sts on waste yarn, cast on 3[3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5] sts using backward loop method, k40[46, 48, 54, 56, 62, 70] sts: 85[97, 101, 111, 121, 135, 151] sts.
Knit 3 more rnds with MC, then switch to CC1 and work even for 2[2, 2, 2, 2½, 2¾, 3] inches.
Switch to CC2 and work even for 1[1, 1, 1¼, 1¼, 1¼, 1½] inches.
Switch to CC3 and work even for 2[2½, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8] inches.

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Side Split
Begin working in rows.
Row 1: K40[46, 48, 53, 56, 62, 69] sts.
Row 2: Turn and purl back to marker. You will now work these sts back and forth to form side split.
Work even for ½[½, 1, 1, 1, 1½, 1½] inches ending with a WS row.
Row 1 (RS – turning ridge): Purl across.
Row 2 (WS): Purl across.
Row 3 (RS): Knit across.
Row 4 (WS): Purl across.
Bind off all sts, leaving a long tail for hemming.

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Sleeve
Transfer 28[33, 35, 39, 39, 45, 52] held sleeve sts onto dpns. PM, pick up and knit 3[3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5] sts across underarm: 31[36, 38, 42, 44, 50, 57] sts.
Knit all sts for 1[1½, 1¾, 2, 2¼, 2½, 2¾] inches.
Next Rnd (turning ridge): Purl around.
Knit 3 rnds.
Bind off all sts, leaving a long tail for hemming.
Repeat for second sleeve.

Button Band
Left side: With WS facing, pick up and knit sts. Knit 8[8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 12] rows (4[4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] garter ridges). Bind off, leaving a tail for seaming.
Right side: With WS facing, pick up and knit sts across front opening, beginning at base of collar. Knit 8[8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 12] rows (4[4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] garter ridges). Bind off, leaving a tail for seaming.

Finishing

Sew all hems and weave in ends.

 

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Jenna is a SAHM and knitwear designer. She took up knitting in 2004 after watching her mother-in-law knit a sock. It stuck, unlike her many other hobbies, much to the delight of her husband. She is (still) getting used to knitting and living in Texas. She blogs, sporadically, at gidgetstitches.com.

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