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Little Letterman

By Danielle Reiner
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Even though I’ve been out of school for many years and my son has yet to start, I still get that magical and optimistic back-to-school feeling each year as fall rolls around. That feeling, and the accompanying dreams of cool fall days, inspired this design. This little coat is just the thing to keep your little ones warm as they wait for the bus. A letterman jacket wouldn’t be complete without the letter, in this case I used my son’s initial. Kids love their names, so having their initial emblazoned on the front will make them swell with pride, just like a high school athlete receiving a letter for their accomplishments.

Size

2[4, 6, 8, 10] years
Size Shown: Size 2

Finished Measurements

Chest: 26[28, 30, 32, 34] inches
Length: 14[16, 18½, 20¼, 21¾] inches

Materials

Cascade Yarns 220 [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards/201 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram hank];

#2404 Atlantic (MC); 3[3, 4, 4, 5] hanks
#8509 Gray (CC); 2[2, 3, 3, 4] hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #10/6.0 mm straight needle
US #8/5.0 mm 12inch circular needle
Crochet Hook US H/5.0mm

Notions

Five Buttons, 1-inch diameter
Safety Pins
Yarn Needle
Wool Felt Pieces, 5 inches square (Two Colors)
Coordinating Thread
Sewing Needle
Two-Sided Fusible Interfacing (I used Steam-a-Seam®)

Gauge

15 sts and 21 rows = 4 inches in St st using larger needle

Pattern Notes

The Jacket is worked in pieces with an attached buttonband. After the garment is seamed together, the neckband and crochet edging are added, and the letter is attached.

Skills Required

Crochet, picking up stitches


INSTRUCTIONS

Back

With larger needle and MC, cast on 50[54, 58, 62, 66] sts.
Row 1: Using MC, (k2, p2) across to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: Using CC, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts, p2.
Work even in St st until piece measures 7¾[8½, 10½, 12, 13] inches from cast on edge.

Armhole Shaping
Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows: 38[42, 46, 50, 54] sts.
Decrease one stitch at each end of the next 1[1, 1, 2, 2] RS row(s) in the following manner: K1, ssk, knit across until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1: 36[40, 44, 46, 50] sts.

Work even until armholes measure 5½[6¾, 7¼, 7½, 8] inches.

Shoulder Shaping
Bind off 5[5, 6, 6, 7] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 26[30, 32, 34, 36] sts.
Bind off 4[5, 5, 6, 7] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 18[20, 22, 22, 22] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

Right Front

With larger needle and MC, cast on 29[31, 33, 35, 37] sts.

Sizes 2, 6 and 10 Only
Row 1: Using MC, k5, (p2, k2) across.
Row 2: Using CC, (p2, k2) across to last 5 sts, p5.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, (p2, k2) across to last 5 sts, p5.

Sizes 4 and 8 Only

Row 1: Using MC, k5, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 2: Using CC, k2, (p2, k2) across to last 5 sts, p5.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, k2, (p2, k2) across to last 5 sts, p5.

All Sizes

Work even in St st until piece measures 7¾[8½, 10½, 12, 13] inches from cast on edge, ending with a RS row.

Armhole Shaping
Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 WS rows (armhole edge): 23[25, 27, 29, 31] sts.
Decrease one st at the armhole edge of the next 1[1, 1, 2, 2] RS row(s) in the following manner: knit across to last 3 st, k2tog, k1: 22[24, 26, 27, 29] sts.
Work even until armhole measures 4[5¼, 5¾, 6, 6½] inches, ending with a WS row.

Neckline Shaping
Bind off 7[8, 10, 10, 10] sts at the neck edge: 15[16, 16, 17, 19] sts.
Bind off 2 sts at the neck edge of the next 2[2, 1, 1, 1] rows: 11[12, 14, 15, 17] sts.
Decrease one st at the neck edge of the next 2[2, 3, 3, 3] RS rows in the following manner: K1, ssk, knit across: 9[10, 11, 12, 14] sts.
Work even until armhole measures 5½[6¾, 7¼, 7½, 8] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Bind off 5[5, 6, 6. 7] sts at the armhole edge.
Knit one row.
Bind off remaining sts.

Left Front

Before beginning the left front, examine the right front piece and decide where you would like your five buttons to be. Mark the button rows with a safety pin. As you are working the left front piece, refer back to the right front for buttonhole placement. Buttonholes for this sweater are simple, one-row buttonholes. Work each of them as follows: K across until 5 sts remain then, using the instructions at Knitting Daily, make a 2-stitch buttonhole.

With larger needle and MC, cast on 29[31, 33, 35, 37] sts.

Sizes 2, 6 and 10 Only

Row 1: Using MC, (k2, p2) across to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2: Using CC, p5, (k2, p2) across.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, p5, (k2, p2) across.

Sizes 4 and 8 Only

Row 1: Using MC, p2, (k2, p2) across to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2: Using CC, p5, (k2, p2) across to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, p5, (k2, p2) across to last 2 sts, k2.

All Sizes

Work even in St st until piece measures 7¾[8½, 10½, 12, 13] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 RS rows (armhole edge): 23[25, 27, 29, 31] sts.
Decrease one st at the armhole edge of the next 1[1, 1, 2, 2] RS row(s) in the following manner: k1, ssk, knit across: 22[24, 26, 27, 29] sts.
Work even until armhole measures 4[5¼, 5¾, 6, 6½] inches, ending with a WS row.

Neckline Shaping
Bind off 7[8, 10, 10, 10] sts at the neck edge: 15[16, 16, 17, 19] sts.
Bind off 2 sts at the neck edge of the next 2[2, 1, 1, 1] rows: 11[12, 14, 15, 17] sts.
Decrease one st at the neck edge of the next 2[2, 3, 3, 3] RS rows in the following manner: knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 9[10, 11, 12, 14] sts.
Work even until armhole measures 5½[6¾, 7¼, 7½, 8] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Bind off 5[5, 6, 6. 7] sts at the armhole edge.
Purl one row.
Bind off remaining sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

UnknownWith larger needle and MC, cast on 22[26, 28, 30, 32] sts.

Sizes 2, 4, and 8 Only
Row 1: Using MC, (k2, p2) across to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2: Using CC, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, (p2, k2) across to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 7: Using CC, knit across.
Row 8: Continuing with CC, purl across.

Sizes 6 and 10 Only

Row 1: Using MC, p1, (k2, p2) across to last st, p1.
Row 2: Using CC, k1, (p2, k2) across to last st, k1.
Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Row 6: Continuing with MC, k1, (p2, k2) across to last st, k1.
Row 7: Using CC, knit across.
Row 8: Continuing with CC, purl across.

All Sizes

Inc 1 st at each edge every 6 rows, 3[3, 7, 8, 9] times: 28[32, 42, 46, 50] sts.
Then, inc 1 st at each edge every 4 rows, 8[10, 6, 5, 5] times: 44[52, 54, 56, 60] sts.

Work even until piece measures 12[13, 14, 15, 16] inches from cast on edge.

Shape Sleeve Cap

Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows: 32[40, 42, 44, 48] sts.
Decrease one st at each edge of the next 1[1, 1, 2, 2] RS row(s) in the following manner: K1, ssk, k across until 3 sts rem, k2tog, k1: 30[38, 40, 40, 44] sts on the needle.
Note: Omit rows if the number for your size is zero.
Decrease one stitch at each edge every 4 rows, 0[0, 1, 0, 1] time in the same manner: 30[38, 38, 40, 42] sts.
Decrease one st at each end of needle, every RS row 1[3, 3, 5, 3] times: 28[32, 32, 34, 36] sts.
Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 0[2, 2, 2, 4] rows: 28[28, 28, 30, 28] sts.
Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 4[2, 2, 2, 2] rows: 16[22, 22, 24, 22] sts.
Bind off 4 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows: 8[14, 14, 16, 14] sts.

Bind off remaining sts.

Little Letterman

FINISHING

Assemble the Sweater: Weave in all ends and block finished pieces. Using mattress stitch or seaming stitch of your choice, sew the sweater pieces together.

Attaching the Collar: With RS facing, using MC and smaller needle, pick up sts evenly spaced around the neckline. Do NOT pick up 2 sts on each end of the neckline. You will pick up those sts (4 total) as you knit the collar. That way the collar will gently slope towards the body of the sweater.
Row 1 (WS): Using MC, work this row in K2, P2 rib being sure that the row begins and ends at the same point; for example, k2, p2, k2, ...... p2, k2. You can increase or decrease a stitch or two to make sure this the case.
Row 2: Using CC, pick up 1 st in the inner skipped st at the beginning of the row, work the entire row in rib as established, pick up 1 st in inner skipped st at the end of the row.
Row 3: Using MC, work in established rib across.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Bind off all sts knitwise.

Crochet Edging: Starting at the bottom of the cardigan right front, add a single crochet edging along the buttonband of the sweater, across the collar, and down the right front.

Weave in all ends and steam block as needed.

Adding the Letter: Using chalk or another similar marking tool, trace a letter of your choice onto two colors of wool felt. Cut the color you would like to be on the bottom slightly outside of the traced lines. Cut the second, the color that will be on top, slightly inside the traced lines. Using a needle and thread, sew the bottom letter onto the sweater. Make sure that your stitches will be entirely covered by the top letter. Then, following the instructions on your two-sided fusible interfacing, attach the top letter to the bottom letter.

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Danielle Reiner

Danielle Reiner is a stay-at-home mama trying her best to live a simple, yet fulfilling, life. She fills her days with dreaming, writing, baking, laughing, learning, exploring and blogging about it all at born.in.japan. When she manages to steal a few moments, she makes things to sell at her etsy shop. She is also on Ravelry as lello.

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