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by Talitha Kuomi

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This is my attempt to morph the huge claymation stitches of Shaun the Sheep’s sweater (knit of the wool shorn from his own backside) from the Wallace and Gromit episode ‘A Close Shave’, into a manly sweater that a real man on the street, or the real man in my living room, would be comfortable in.


 


Sizes

Men's 36[40, 41½, 48, 49½] inches
Meant to be worn with approximately 2½ inches of positive ease.
Shown in size 40.


Finished Measurements

Chest Measurement: 38½[42¼, 44, 50½, 52] inches

Materials

Berroco Vintage Chunky [50% Acrylic/ 40% Wool/ 10% Nylon; 130 yards/120 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

         Tide Pool (MC); 5[5, 7, 7, 8] skeins
         Charcoal (A); 2[2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
         Chocolate (B); 1[1, 1, 1, 1] skein


Recommended needle sizes

US #11/8 mm, 32 inch circular needle and set of dpns

Notions

10½ inch zipper
Sewing needle­
Sewing thread to match MC
Tapestry needle

Gauge

12½ sts and 19 rows = 4 inches in St st
Gauge is critical for this design.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, knitting in the round, left and right lifted increases (LLI and RLI)

Instructions

With MC, cast on 58[58, 62, 66, 66] sts.

Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: K4, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 3¼ inches, ending with a RS row.

Detail

Shoulders
Set up row (WS): K2, p8[8, 9, 10, 10], pm, p1, pm, p7[7, 8, 8, 8], pm, p1, pm, p20[20, 20, 22, 22], pm, p1, pm, p7[7, 8, 8, 8], pm, p1, pm, p8[8, 9, 10, 10], k2: 58[58, 62, 66, 66] sts.
Change to larger needles.
For sizes 48 and 49½ only: Skip Rows 1 and 2, and begin on Row 3.
Row 1 (RS): Knit to end, slipping markers as you come to them.
Row 2: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3 (Increase Row): *Knit to marker, LLI, sm, k1, sm, RLI; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 66[66, 70, 74, 74] sts (8 sts increased).
Row 4: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 12[13, 13, 14, 14] times: 162[170, 174, 186, 186] sts
For size 36 only: Knit 2 rnds.
Join to knit in the round, pm.
Rnd 1: *Knit to marker, sm, k1, rm and place new beg of rnd marker (this is the new beg of the rnds), LLI, knit to m, RLI, sm, k1, sm; repeat from * 3 times, knit to end, sm: 170[178, 182, 194, 194] sts
Rnd 2: Knit to end, sm.
For size 36 only: Knit 2 rnds, slipping markers as you come to them.
Rnd 3 (Increase Rnd): LLI, knit to m, RLI, sm, k1, sm; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end, sm: 178[186, 190, 202, 202] sts.
Rnd 4: Knit to end, slipping markers as you come to them, sm.
For sizes 48 and 49½ only: Skip Rnds 5 and 6.
Rnds 5 and 6: Knit to end, slipping markers as you come to them, sm.
Repeat Rnds 3 and 4, 0[0, 3, 1, 0] time(s): 178[186, 214, 210, 202] sts.
Repeat Rnds 3-6, 0[1, 0, 0, 0] time(s): 178[194, 214, 210, 202] sts.
Repeat Rnd 3, 0[1, 0, 4, 6] time(s): 178[202, 214, 242, 250] sts.

Detail

Stripes
Note: Slipping the first st of the last rnd of each new color forms a “jogless stripe.” The beginning of the round will travel one stitch to the left with each color change; this is normal.

Set-up row (RS): Change to A, * place 37[43, 46, 52, 54] sts on spare yarn or stitch holder, cast on 8[8, 8, 10, 10] sts, rm, k1, rm, knit to m, rm, k1, rm; repeat from * once more, slipping last marker instead of removing it: 120[132, 138, 158, 162] sts.
Work 8 rnds in St st.
Change to B and continue in St st for 4 rnds.
Change back to A and continue in St st for 9 rnds.

Change to MC and continue in St st until sweater measures 14[14½, 15, 15½, 16] inches from the armhole cast on rnd.
Next Rnd: Purl around.
Next Rnd: * K10, k2tog; rep from * to last 0[0, 6, 2, 6] sts, k0[0, 6, 2, 6]: 110[121, 127, 145, 149] sts.
Knit 5 more rnds.
Bind off with Jeny’s Stretchy Bind Off as follows: Pull yarn to front under right hand needle, YO to back of needle, k1, pass yarnover loop over knit st, * pull yarn to front under right hand needle, YO to back of needle, k1, pass yarnover loop and finished st on the right hand needle over the knit st; repeat from * to end. Cut yarn twice as long as the circumference of the finished sweater size you are knitting for stitching up the folded hem.

Detail

Sleeves
Note: Be sure to read through entire Sleeves section before beginning, as stripes and dec rnds are worked simultaneously.
Using A, knit across live sts for one sleeve, pick-up and knit 7[7, 8, 8, 8] sts across cast on underarm sts: 44[50, 54, 60, 62] sts.
Continuing with A, work 8 more rnds in St st.
Changing to B, work 4 rnds in St st.
Changing to A, work 9 rnds in St st.
While AT THE SAME TIME, starting just after rnd 10, work dec rnd below every 8th rnd, a total of 5[6, 6, 8, 9] times: 34[38, 42, 44, 44] sts.
Dec Rnd (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 2 sts decreased.
Work even in St st until sleeve measures 15½[16, 16½, 17½, 17½] inches from the base of the armhole.
Next Rnd: Purl around.
Dec Rnd: * K8[10, 11, 9, 9], p2tog; rep from * to last 4[2, 3, 0, 0] sts, p4[2, 3, 0, 0]: 31[35, 39, 40, 40] sts.
Work 5 more rnds in St st.
Bind off in same manner as Body.
Repeat for second sleeve.

FINISHING

Fold the bottom hem on the purl rnd and with WS facing, whipstitch in place.
Fold the sleeve hems on the purl rnds and with WS facing, whipstitch in place.
Stitch up underarm gaps so that the seams you create run parallel to the bottom hem.
Matching the top of the zipper teeth with the top edge of the ribbed neck, sew the zipper edges along the left and right sides of the front neck opening.

Detail

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Talitha knit her husband a sweater while he was still her boyfriend (gasp!) and their relationship survived. A happy marriage and 4 kids later, the love and the sweater are still cozy and warm. She talks about her stitches, her progress and her handsome man, on her website.

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