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Seamus

by Megan Grewal

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My little ones love to collect rocks, dip their toes into the bay, roam and explore and are always in need of a cool pullover that can withstand their adventures. Seamus is the quintessential summer pullover with two nautically inspired stripe patterns & seamless construction making it quick and easy to knit during the warmer months. While the little ones are busy collecting and investigating, the sleeves can be rolled up and buttoned in place so as not to interfere with their activities. This classic unisex pullover can be passed down to younger siblings and will continue to look loved the more it is worn.


 


Sizes

3 months[6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2T, 4T, 6, 8, 10]

Finished Measurements

Chest Measurement: 21[21¾, 23½, 24, 25¾, 28, 29¾, 31½, 33] inches
Length: 8[9, 10¾, 12, 13¼, 14¾, 16, 16¾, 18] inches

Materials

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

#80 Bone (C1); 1[1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4] hanks (for main stripe pattern) or 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] hanks (for reversed stripe pattern)
#624 Indigo (C2); 1 hank for all sizes
#632 Mediterranean (C3); 1 hank for all sizes
#636 Jasper (C4); 1 hank for all sizes
#630 Caribbean (C5); 1 hank for all sizes
#628 Azul (C6); 1 hank for all sizes

Recommended needle sizes

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

Notions

8 stitch markers
½ inch buttons - 5[5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6]
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle & matching thread

Gauge

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

Pullover is worked top down, seamlessly & flat, then joined to work in the round after buttonholes are completed.
Raglan shaping is worked along yoke, then sleeves are worked in the round.
There are vents at each side.
Sl m: slip marker

Stripe Pattern    Reverse Stripe Pattern
2 rows C2             8 rows C2
8 rows C1             2 rows C1
2 rows C3             8 rows C3
8 rows C1             2 rows C1
2 rows C4             8 rows C4
8 rows C1             2 rows C1
2 rows C5             8 rows C5
8 rows C1             2 rows C1
2 rows C6             8 rows C6
8 rows C1             2 rows C1

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, basic increases, basic decreases, changing colors (stripes)

Instructions

Yoke
With C1, cast on 52 [54, 56, 58, 60, 64, 70, 74, 78] sts.
Rows 1-3: Knit across.
Row 4 (WS - set up for raglan increases): K4, *pm, k15[15, 16, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24], pm, k1, pm, k7[8, 7, 9, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11], pm, k1; repeat from * once more.

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Raglan Shaping
Attach C2 and beg working from Stripe Pattern (or Reverse Stripe Pattern) in St st, never cutting C1, but carrying it up and twisting it with each new color.
Row 1 (RS - raglan increases and buttonhole): K1, *sl m, m1l, knit to marker, m1r, sl m, k1; rep from * 3 times more, sl m, k1, yo, ssk (buttonhole), k1: 60[62, 64, 66, 68, 72, 78, 82, 86] sts.
Row 2, 4, 6 and 8: Purl across, slipping all markers.
Rows 3, 5 and 7: K1, *sl m, m1l, knit to marker, m1r, sl m, k1; repeat from * 3 times more, sl m, k4.
Repeat Rows 1-8, 1 [1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2] times, then repeat Rows 1-4 once more: 132[134, 136, 138, 140, 176, 182, 186, 190] sts.

With RS facing, beg working in the round as follows:
Rnd 1 (Joining Rnd - RS): Place last 4 sts of row onto double pointed needle and hold parallel to, and in front of first 4 sts of rnd. These 8 sts will be knit together to become 4 sts. K2tog (first st on front needle with first st on back needle) once, sl m (this m is beg of rnd), m1L, k2tog (first st on front needle with first st on behind needle) 3 times, *knit to marker, m1r, sl m, k1, sl m, m1l; rep from * 3 more times, knit to marker, m1r, k1: 136[138, 140, 142, 144, 180, 186, 190, 194] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: *M1l, knit to marker, m1r, sl m, k1; repeat from * 3 times more: 144[146, 148, 150, 152, 188, 194, 198, 202] sts.
Repeat Rnds 2 and 3, 0[1, 1, 2, 3, 0, 1, 1, 2] times more: 144[154, 156, 166, 176, 188, 202, 206, 218] sts.

Continue in St st without raglan increasing, until work measures 4¼[4½, 4¾, 5, 5¼, 5½, 5¾, 6, 6½] inches from beginning of stripe pattern.

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Body

Separate sleeves as follows:
Rnd 1: *Place next 31[34, 33, 37, 38, 41, 44, 44, 47] sleeve sts onto scrap yarn, cast on 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] sts, pm, cast on 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] sts, remove marker, k1, remove marker, knit to marker, remove marker, k1, remove marker; repeat from * once more, k3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] (beg of rnd): 94[98, 106, 108, 116, 126, 134, 142, 148] sts.
Cont in Stripe Pattern and St st for 2¾[3½, 3, 4, 5, 5¾, 6¾, 6¾, 7¾] inches from underarm, ending after an even numbered rnd.  Depending on which stripe pattern is being worked, garment may be a little longer or shorter.
Divide for side vents and work flat, as follows:
Row 1 (RS): Knit to marker, remove marker, turn work.
Row 2 (WS): K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 3: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until side vent measures 1[1, 2, 2, 2, 2½, 2½, 3, 3] inches.
With C1 only, work 9 rows in Garter st, then bind off all sts knitwise.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn and knit across.
Complete same as first side vent, beginning with Row 2.
4¾[5¼, 6¼, 6¾, 7¼, 9¼, 10¼, 11¼, 12¼] inches

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Sleeve
Place sleeve sts onto dpns, pick up 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] sts in first half of underarm, pm for beg of rnd, pick up 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6] sts in second half of underam: 37[40, 41, 45, 46, 51, 54, 56, 59] sts.
Working in the rnd in Stripe Pattern and St st for 1¾[1½, 1½, 1½, 1¾, 2, 2, 2, 2] inches from underam.
Beg decreases as follows:
Decrease Rnd: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1: 35[38, 39, 43, 44, 49, 52, 54, 57] sts.
Repeat Decrease rnd every 6[8, 7, 8, 9, 12, 11, 12, 14] rnds 2[2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4] times more: 31[34, 33, 37, 38, 43, 44, 46, 49] sts.
When sleeve measures 4[4½, 5½, 6, 6½, 8½, 9½, 10½, 11½] inches from underarm, attach C1 and beginning with a purl row, work in Garter st for 8 rnds.
Bind off all sts purlwise.

Button Band (make 2)
With C1, cast on 7 sts and work in 1x1 rib for 2 rows.
Next Row: K1, p1, k2tog, yo (buttonhole), k1, p1, k1.
Continue in rib until band measures 4[4½, 5½, 6, 6½, 8½, 9½, 10½, 11½] inches. 
Bind off all sts in pattern.

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Finishing

With tapestry needle, weave in all yarn ends.
With sewing needle & matching thread, sewn buttons along raglan opening to correspond to button holes.
About ¾ up the sleeve, on the inside, sew one end of the button band on (not the end with the buttonhole). On the right side of the sleeve, about ¾ up the sleeve, sew button on, through all layers; this adds support to the button.
Wash and block.

 

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Megan lives and breathes children, knitting & crafting, although not necessarily in that order! Inspiration creeps in at the most interesting times leaving her daydreaming of many new things to design and create. Living in Canada with her husband and 8 children, she designs garments that are seamless, chic and that will be sure to become heirlooms for future generations.

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