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Navajo Pullover

by Andrea Sanchez

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» photos: Sara Neff
Intermediate

I’ve had this design floating around in my head for some time. Once I knew I’d be having a son of my own I was constantly on the lookout for sweater patterns for boys that were modern and fun. I wanted a sweater for boys that would be casual but enjoyable for the knitter.

This sweater is easy enough for a newer knitter, but has enough detail to keep even experienced knitters interested. The pattern was inspired by prints from Native American textiles.


 


Sizes

6m[12m, 18m, 2T, 4, 6]
Size Shown: 12 months

Finished Measurements

Chest: 19[20, 22, 23½, 25½, 28½] inches
Neck Circumference: 12½ [13½, 13½, 14½, 14½, 16] inches
Yoke Depth: 3¾[3¾, 4, 4, 4½, 5] inches
Body Length:7[7½, 8, 8½, 9½, 10½] inches
Total Length: 10¾ [11¼, 12, 12½, 14, 15½] inches
Sleeve Length: 6½ [7½, 8½, 9½, 11, 13] inches
Sleeve cuff circumference: 6½ [7, 7, 7½, 7½, 7½] inches
Upper arm width: 7[7½, 7½, 8, 8½, 9] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloe™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram hank];

7524 Chocolate Milk (MC); 2[2, 2, 3, 3, 4] hanks
7500 Ice Cream (CC1); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 16 inch circular needle
US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle - 2
US #7/4.5 mm set of 4 dpns

Notions

Stitch markers
Scraps of yarn to hold underarm stitches
Tapestry needle
⅝ inch buttons – 5
sewing needle
thread to match Main Color of yarn

Gauge

20 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches in St st on US7 or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

This sweater is worked in the round from the bottom up. The sleeves are knit separately in the round then joined to the body to be worked in a raglan yoke. The button band is picked up to finish the sweater. Fair Isle pattern is worked through the body and on sleeve cuffs.

Skills Required

Fair Isle, knitting in the round (dpns or magic loop)

 

Instructions

Sleeve (make 2)
With MC and using preferred method, cast on 28[32, 32, 32, 36, 36] sts; join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist sts, place marker. 
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 1[1, 1, 1, 1½, 1½] inches.
Knit one round.
Increase Rnd: Knit around increasing 4[0, 0, 0, 4, 4] sts evenly spaced around: 32[32, 32, 32, 40, 40] sts.

Sleeve Cuff Chart – All Sizes

Detail

 

Join CC and work Rnds 1-5 of cuff chart, working repeat 4[4, 4, 4, 5, 5] times on each rnd.
Knit 6 rnds.
Increase Rnd: K1, M1L, knit to one st before end of round, M1R, k1: 34[34, 34, 34, 42, 42] sts.
Repeat Increase Rnd every 7th rnd 1[2, 2, 3, 0, 1] time(s) more: 36[38, 38, 40, 42, 44] sts.
Knit all rnds until Sleeve measures 6½[7½, 8½, 9½, 11, 13] inches or desired length to underarm.
On final knit round, stop 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5] sts before end of round. Place next 6[6, 8, 8, 8, 10] sts on waste yarn or holder. Place remaining Sleeve sts on separate holder and set aside.

Body

With MC and using preferred method, cast on 96[100, 112, 116, 128 144] sts; join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist sts, place marker. 
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 1[1, 1, 1, 1½, 1½] inches.

Increase Rnd: Knit around increasing 0[2, 0, 3, 0, 0] sts evenly spaced around: 96[102, 112, 119, 128 144] sts.

Body Chart for sizes 6m, 18m, 4, 6

Detail

 

Body Chart for sizes 12m, 2T

Detail

Next Rnd: Join CC. Begin working Body chart FOR CORRECT SIZE starting at 1st[1st, 9th, 9th, 1st, 9th] st of chart, working repeat 6[6, 7, 7, 8, 9] times on each rnd.
Drop CC and using MC only, knit until piece measures 3 inches less than desired body length.

Next Rnd: Join CC. Begin working Body chart FOR CORRECT SIZE starting at 1st[1st, 9th, 9th, 1st, 9th] st of Rnd 1, working repeat 6[6, 7, 7, 8, 9] times on each rnd.
Next Rnd: With MC knit around, increasing 0[2, 0, 1, 0, 0] st(s) evenly spaced: 96[104, 112, 120, 128 144] sts.

Detail

Yoke

Join sleeves to body
It may be useful at this point to use a second 24 inch circular needle since sts will be tight once sleeves are joined.
Next Rnd: Knit 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5] and place these on waste yarn, k19[21, 22, 24, 26, 29], bind off next 4 sts (center front), knit until there are 19[21, 22, 24, 26, 29] sts following center front bind off, place next 6[6, 8, 8, 8, 10] sts on waste yarn, pm, holding Sleeve to Body with underarm sts together, k30[32, 30, 32, 34, 34] sleeve sts, pm, k42[46, 48, 52, 56, 62], using waste yarn from first held stitches, place next 3[3, 4, 4, 4, 5] sts on waste yarn, pm, holding second Sleeve to Body with underarm sts together, k30[32, 30, 32, 34, 34] sts, pm, knit across to center front bound off sts: 140[152, 152, 164, 176, 188] sts.

At this point you will begin to work yoke back and forth.
Row 1 (WS): Purl across.
Row 2 (RS): Knit across.
Row 3 and all WS rows: Purl across.

Decrease Row (RS): * Knit to 3 sts before next marker, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more: 8 sts decreased – 132[144, 144, 156, 168, 180] sts.
Continue to work Decrease Row every RS row 9[10, 10, 11, 12, 13] times more, ending with a RS row: 60[64, 64, 68, 72, 76] sts.

Collar (WS): P1, (k2, p2) across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Work ribbing as established for 2 inches.
Bind off all sts loosely in ribbing.

Detail

Button Bands
You will now work the button band into the slit you created at the front of the sweater.
With RS facing and beginning at top edge of left front collar, pick up and knit 22[23, 23, 24, 26, 28] sts. (Note: This is approximately 2 sts for every 3 rows).
Row 1 (WS): Purl across.
Row 2: Knit aross.
Row 3: Purl across.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Bind off all sts.

Buttonhole Flap
With RS facing and beginning at bottom edge of right front collar, pick up and knit 22[23, 23, 24, 26, 28] sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl across.
Row 2 (Buttonhole): K3, bind off next 2 sts (one st on right needle after bind off), * k1[1, 1, 1, 2, 2] more, bind off next 2 sts (one st on right needle after bind off); repeat from * 3 times more, k0[1, 1, 2, 0, 2] sts: 5 buttonholes.
Row 3: Purl across to first group of bound off stitches, using backwards loop cast on, cast on 2 sts. Continue as established across row, casting on 2 sts over each gap.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: Purl across.
Bind off all sts.

Finishing

Using tapestry needle and MC, sew down bottom edge of button bands using mattress stitch or preferred method.
Graft under arm stitches together using Kitchener stitch.
Using needle and matching thread, sew buttons onto left front button band opposite the buttonholes.
Weave in all ends. Wet block. Blocking is critical to even out the colorwork stitches.

 

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Andrea is a teacher and new mother who is trying desperately to maintain time in her life for knitting (amongst lesson plans and diapers!). She lives in Akron, Ohio with her husband, newborn son, and two dogs.

 

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