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Chunky Rainbow

by Emily Wessel

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» photos: Alexa Ludeman
Intermediate

The vibrant and varied self-striping colours of Noro yarns are irresistible - just like this quick-knitting chunky pullover! By using intarsia, the shifting colors of the yarn are drawn out into bold graphic panels across body and cuffs.

Chunky rainbows will lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face!


 


Sizes

Sizes: 0-6 months [6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years]
Size Shown: 1-2 years

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19[20, 22, 23½, 25, 27½, 29, 31] inches
Length hem to underarm: 7[8, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16] inches
Sleeve length to underarm (rolled cuff): 6[6½, 7½, 8, 12, 13½, 14½, 15½] inches

Materials

Cascade Ecological wool [100% wool; 478 yards / 437 meters per 8.82 ounce / 250 gram skein];

#8016 Beige (MC); 1[1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins

Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 110 yards / 101 meters per 1.76 ounce / 50 gram ball];

#272 (CC); 1[1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3] balls

Recommended needle sizes

US 9 / 5.5 mm 24 inch circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm double pointed needles
US 6 / 4 mm double pointed needles

Notions

Stitch markers, waste yarn, darning needle, crochet hook for provisional cast on

Gauge

16 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches in St st using larger needles
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

This pullover is knit from the bottom up, and worked seamlessly through the yoke shaping to the neckline.  The cuffs and body are knit from side to side, then grafted to form tubes.  From cuffs, stitches are picked up and sleeves are knit in the round up to underarms.  From body tube, stitches are picked up.  Body and sleeves are joined onto a single long circular needle to work the yoke.

Skills Required

grafting, intarsia, knitting on double pointed needles

Instructions

Sleeve (make 2)

Cuff
With CC and larger needles, cast on 14[14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 18] sts provisionally.
Row 1 (RS): Sl1, knit to end.
Row 2 (WS): P2, knit to last 2 sts, p2.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for 50[52, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 68] rows.

Unzip provisional cast on, placing live sts back on needles. Join the cast on sts to the last row using kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind off. This forms the tube which is the contrast color cuff.
With MC and larger dpns, pick up 32[33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 42] sts evenly spaced around the top of the cuff (the top is the edge without slipped stitches), pm. Join for working in the round.

Knit in rounds until sleeve measures 7½[8, 8½, 9½, 14, 16, 17, 18] inches in total (or desired length). The cuff is cute when turned up, so consider this when deciding length. On the final round, knit to last 2[2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3] sts, then stop. Place next 4[4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6] sts on st holder or scrap yarn for underarm, and place remaining sts on holder separately (for yoke).  Break yarn. 

DetailBody

The body of the sweater is worked from side to side, joined to form a tube, then stitches are picked up along the upper edge of the tube.

With CC and larger needles, cast on 26[28, 28, 32, 40, 44, 52, 60] sts provisionally.
Establish Garter and St st pattern:
Row 1 (RS): Sl2, knit to end.
Row 2 (WS): P3[3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4], k3[3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5], p2[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3], knit to last 6[6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10] sts, purl to end,
Work in pattern until piece measures 5 [5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8] inches, ending with a WS row.  Break CC.

Establish intarsia pattern using MC and CC.  At color changes, twist new color around previous to form a solid fabric without holes.
RS Rows: With MC, sl2, k16[18, 18, 21, 29, 32, 40, 46]; rejoin CC, knit to end.
WS Rows: With CC, p3[3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4], k3[3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5], p2[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3], switch to MC, purl to end.
Work in pattern until piece measures 19[20, 22, 23½, 25, 27½, 29, 31] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.
To join the body into a tube, unzip the provisional cast on and put the live stitches on one needle.  Join the to cast on sts to the last row using kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind off.

Flatten the completed body tube out. With front facing, the vertical CC band is at right underarm, and the horizontal CC band is at top of body piece.  Mark where the right underarm should be - this is where you will begin picking up stitches.  Starting at this point, with RS facing, use MC and larger needles to pick up 76[80, 88, 94, 100, 110, 116, 124] sts evenly spaced around the upper edge of the body.
Purl 1 round, then knit 1 round, then purl 1 round.

Yoke Joining

Join Body and Sleeves together to work yoke. 
Remove start-of-round marker, knit 2[2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3] body sts, stop and replace marker.  This indicates the new start of round.
Knit 34[36, 40, 43, 44, 49, 52, 56] body sts, pm, place next 4[4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6] body sts on st holder or scrap yarn, knit 28[29, 30, 32, 32, 34, 36, 36] sleeve sts (left sleeve), pm, knit 34[36, 40, 43, 44, 49, 52, 56] body sts, pm, place next 4[4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6] body sts on st holder or scrap yarn,
knit 28[29, 30, 32, 32, 34, 36, 36] sleeve sts (right sleeve)
There are 124[130, 140, 150, 152, 166, 176, 184] sts total on needles, and the start-of-round marker is located between right sleeve and back sections.

DetailYoke Shaping
The yoke is shaped by decreases at 4 raglan 'seam' lines located at markers.  Work in rounds, continuing garter stitch pattern at front and back sections, and St st at sleeve sections.
Rnd 1: [Ssk, purl to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, ssk, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog] twice
Rnd 2: Knit
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 68[66, 68, 70, 72, 78, 80, 88] sts remain. 

Neckband
The neckband is worked in garter stitch, and incorporates a few short rows, which you can optionally choose to omit. 
Switch to smaller needles for working the neckband.
Purl 1 round.
Continue Garter St as set while working short rows - this means when working past at the start-of-round marker you will switch from knit to purl or vice-versa.
Short Row 1(RS): Work across back and left shoulder stitches, to second marker, turn.
Short Row 2(WS): Work across left shoulder, back, and right shoulder sts, to third marker, turn.
Short Row 3: Work to 5 sts before gap, turn
Work Short Row 3 a total of 2[2, 2, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4] times, ending with a WS short row. Work to start-of-round marker.
Knit 1 round, and when you come to each gap created by the short-row turns, work to 1 st before gap then work k2tog, taking 1 st from each side of the gap: 64[62, 64, 66, 66, 72, 74, 82] sts.
Work 3[3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7] more rounds in garter stitch then bind off all stitches loosely knitwise.

Finishing

Using kitchener stitch, graft underarm stitches together, and use the yarn ends to sew up small holes at each end of underarm seam. Weave in all ends. Wet block the sweater to smooth the decrease lines and even out the stitches

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Emily is a Canadian designer who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her time making beautiful things and teaching others to do the same. With her partner, Alexa Ludeman, she runs Tin Can Knits, a knitting pattern design and publishing company. Tin Can Knits books and patterns are available on her website.

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