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Adult Navajo Pullover

by Andrea Sanchez

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» photos: Marianne Barta
Intermediate

As soon as I was done with the original Navajo Pullover I knew I would create one for older

boys and adults. My husband is very picky about his sweaters so I knew this version had to maintain the simplicity of the original while making a few changes to suit the needs of the big guys. To make it more wearable for the big guys I modified the chart to be a bit wider than on the smaller version. This creates a nice wide motif. A relaxed fit and simple design are what will make this a really wearable piece and a definite wardrobe addition for any guy.

 


 


Sizes

32 [35¼, 38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½] inch chest circumference, to be worn with approximately 2 inches of positive ease. Sample is shown in size 38½.

Finished Measurements

Chest Circ: 32 [35¼, 38½, 41½, 44¾, 48, 51¼, 54½] inches
Length (hem to arm): 15 [15½, 17, 17½, 18, 18½, 19, 19] inches
Sleeve Length: 18 [19, 19½, 20, 20½, 21, 21, 22] inches

Materials

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

7521 Beluga (MC); 7 [7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10] skeins
7507 Moonlight (CC); 1 [1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2] skeins


Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 40 inch circular needle (larger sizes)
US #7/4.5 mm 32 inch circular needle - 2 (all sizes)
US #7/4.5 mm set of 4 dpns

Notions

Stitch markers
Scraps of yarn to hold underarm stitches
Tapestry needle
1 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), M1L, M1R, Kitchener stitch

Instructions

Instructions
Sleeve (make 2)
With MC and using preferred method, cast on 44 [48, 48, 52, 52, 56, 56, 56] sts; join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist sts, place marker.
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 2 inches.
Knit one round.

Increase Rnd: Knit around increasing 4 [0, 0, 4, 4, 0, 0, 0] sts evenly spaced: 48 [48, 48, 56, 56, 56, 56, 56] sts.

Detail

Join CC and work Rnds 1-5 of cuff chart, working repeat 6 [6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7] times on each rnd.
Knit 6 [6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5] rnds.

Increase Rnd: K1, M1L, knit to one st before end of round, M1R, k1: 50 [50, 50, 58, 58, 58, 58, 58] sts.

Repeat Increase Rnd every 7 [6, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4] rnds, 5 [4, 3, 6, 3, 2, 21, 21] time(s) more, the repeat Increase Rnd every 8 [7, 6, 6, 6, 5, 0, 0] rnds, 3 [6, 9, 7, 10, 14, 0, 0] times: 66 [70, 74, 84, 84, 90, 100, 100] sts.
Knit all rnds until Sleeve measures 18 [19, 19½, 20, 20½, 21, 21, 22] inches or desired length to underarm.
On final knit round, stop 5 [5, 5, 7, 7, 10, 10, 10] sts before end of round. Place next 10[10, 10, 14, 14, 20, 20, 20] sts on waste yarn or holder. Place remaining Sleeve sts on separate holder and set aside: 56 [60, 64, 70, 70, 70, 80, 80] sts.

Detail

Body
With MC and using preferred method, cast on 160 [176, 192, 208, 224, 240, 256, 272] sts; join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist sts, place marker.
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 2 inches.
Work in St st (knitting all rounds) until body measures 10½ [11, 12½, 13, 13½, 14, 14½, 14½] inches or 4½ inches less than desired length to underarm.

Detail


Next Rnd: Join CC. Begin working Body chart FOR CORRECT SIZE starting at 1st [9th, 1st, 9th, 1st, 9th, 1st, 9th] st of chart, working repeat 10 [11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17] times on each rnd.
Drop CC and using MC only, knit for ½ inch.

Yoke
Join sleeves to body
It may be useful at this point to use a second circular needle since sts will be tight once sleeves are joined.

Next Rnd: Knit 5[5, 5, 7, 7, 10, 10, 10] and place these on waste yarn, k31 [35, 39, 41, 45, 46, 50, 54], bind off next 8 sts (center front), knit until there are 31[35, 39, 41, 45, 46, 54] sts following center front bind off, place next 10[10, 10, 14, 14, 20, 20, 20] sts on waste yarn, pm, holding Sleeve to Body with underarm sts together, k56 [60, 64, 70, 70, 70, 80, 80] sleeve sts, pm, k70 [78, 86, 90, 98, 100, 108, 116], using waste yarn from first held stitches, place next 10 [10, 10, 14, 14, 20, 20, 20] sts on waste yarn, pm, holding second Sleeve to Body with underarm sts together, k56 [60, 64, 70, 70, 70, 80, 80] sts, pm,
 knit across to center front bound off sts: 244 [268, 292, 312, 328, 332, 368, 384] sts.

At this point you will begin to work yoke back and forth.
Beginning with a WS row, work in St st for 3 [3, 3, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1] rows ending on a WS row.
Decrease Row (RS): * Knit to 3 sts before next marker, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end: 8 sts decreased – 236 [260, 284, 304, 320, 324, 360, 376] sts.
Next Row and all WS rows: Purl across.
Continue to work Decrease Row every 4 [4, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] rows, 2 [2, 1, 34, 30, 30, 34, 35] times more, then repeat Decrease Row, every 2[2, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0] rows, 19 [22, 25, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0] times, ending on a WS row: 68[68, 76, 80, 80, 84, 88, 96] sts.

Next Row (WS): Knit across, decreasing 0 [0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 8] sts evenly spaced: 68 [68, 76, 80, 80, 80, 84, 88] sts.
Collar (RS): K3, p2, (k2, p2) across to last 3 sts, k3.
Work ribbing as established for 2 inches or to desired collar length.
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 bottom edge of right front collar, pick up and knit 42 [46, 48, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56] 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 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice.
Row 8: Purl across.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

Buttonhole Flap
With RS facing and beginning at top edge of left front collar, pick up and knit 42 [46, 48, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56] sts.
Row 1 (WS): Purl across.
Row 2: Knit aross.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4 (Buttonhole): K4 [6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6], yo, k2tog, *k6 [6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8] yo, k2tog; repeat from * 3 times more, k4 [6, 8, 8, 10, 4, 6, 8] sts: 5 buttonholes.
Row 5-7: Continue working in St st for 3 rows.
Row 8: Purl across.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

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.

Detail

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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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