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Star Tweed

Easy
By Yumiko Sakurai

Cuffs! I really wanted to make a coat with big cuffs for my daughter. I think that the hands and arms of all small children are, like their faces, always so active and expressive of what they are feeling and what they want to do. Waving and clapping their hands with joy, raising their arms toward us to be held, or spreading them for a big hug. They are already so cute with their tiny hands, but with big, cute, eye-catching cuffs, they will be irresistible.

I also fell in love with the bright turquoise color which is good on both boys and girls. And with simple and bold tweed stitches, we will give them bright shining-star hand signals!

SIZE

18 months [2, 4, 6]

Shown in size 2

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 24[26, 28, 30] inches
Length (underarm to bottom): 11[12, 13, 14] inches

MATERIALS

Brown Sheep Company, Lamb’s Pride Bulky [85% Wool/15% Mohair; 125 yards/114 meters per 4 ounce/113 gram skein];

M10 Crème [MC]; 4[5, 5, 6] skeins
M187 Turquoise Depths [CC]; 1 skein (all sizes)

Recommended needle sizes

US #10.5/6.5 mm straight needles
US #10/6 mm 16 inch or longer circular needle
or any size needles to obtain the gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch holder or waste yarn
Tapestry needle
1 inch button - 1

GAUGE

13 sts and 26 sts = 4 inches in Garter st on larger size needles
15 sts and 24 sts = 4 inches in Star Tweed st on larger size needles

PATTERN NOTES

Star Tweed is a quick and easy bulky garter stitch coat for a walking toddler through kindergartener, accented with turquoise/white star tweed stitches on the bottom hem and folded cuffs. Both the star tweed stitch and garter stitch make the garment thick and firm, and great as a winter coat. Star tweed stitches are worked on right side at the bottom of the garment, but on wrong side for the cuffs to be shown by folding.

NOTE: All slip stitches (sl) are worked purlwise with yarn held in back.

SPECIAL STITCH

STAR TWEED STITCH (multiple of 4 + 1 st)
Row 1: With CC, * k1, sl1, M1, sl1, k1, pass the first slipped st over the last 3 sts; repeat from * across to last st, k1.
Row 2: With CC, purl across.
Row 3: With MC, k2, * k1, sl1, M1, sl1, k1, pass first slipped st over the last 3 sts; repeat from * across to last 3 st, k3.
Row 4: With MC, purl across.

Skills Required

Increasing and decreasing stitches, picking up stitches.


INSTRUCTIONS

BACK

With MC, cast on 52[56, 60, 64] sts.
Rows 1-5: Knit across (Garter st).
Row 6 (Patt St set-up row - WS): * P4[5, 5, 6], pfb; repeat from * 8 times more, p7[2, 6, 1]: 61[65, 69, 73] sts.
Rows 7-24: Join CC and work Patt St (Rows 1-4) for 18 rows, ending with Row 2; break CC.
Row 25: With MC, * k4[5, 5, 6], k2tog; repeat from * 8 times more, k7[2, 6, 1]: 52[56, 60, 64] sts.
Row 26: Knit across.
Row 27 (Decrease row - RS): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 50[54, 58, 62] sts.
Rows 28-32: Knit across (Garter st).
Repeat last 6 rows 4[4, 5, 5] more times, then repeat Decrease row once more: 40[44, 46, 50] sts.
Work even in Garter st until Back measures 11[12, 13, 14] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Autumn LeavesSize 18 months only

Rows 1 and 2: Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 36 sts.
Row 3 (RS): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k: 34 sts.
Row 4: Knit across.

Sizes 2 and 4 only

Rows 1-4: Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows, knit across: [36, 38] sts.

Size 6 only

Rows 1 and 2: Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 44 sts.
Rows 3 and 4: Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 40 sts.

All Sizes

Row 5: K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 32[34, 36, 38] sts.
Work even in Garter st until armholes measure 5[5.5, 6, 6] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Rows 1 and 2: Bind off 5 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 22[24, 26, 28] sts.
Rows 3 and 4: Bind off 4[4, 5, 5] sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 14[16, 16, 18] sts.
Transfer remaining 14[16, 16, 18] center sts to stitch holder or waste yarn.

RIGHT FRONT

With MC, cast on 24[26, 28, 30] sts.
Rows 1-5: Knit across (Garter st).
Row 6 (Patt St set-up row - WS): * P3[6, 4, 7], pfb; repeat from * 4[2, 4, 2] times more, P4[5, 3, 6]: 29[29, 33, 33] sts.
Rows 7-24: Join CC and work Patt St (Rows 1-4) for 18 rows, ending with Row 2; break CC.
Row 25: With MC, * k3[6, 4, 7], k2tog; repeat from * 4[2, 4, 2] times more, k4[5, 3, 6]: 24[26, 28, 30] sts.
Row 26: Knit across.
Row 27 (Decrease row - RS): Knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 23[25, 27, 29] sts.
Rows 28-32: Knit across (Garter st).
Repeat last 6 rows 4[4, 5, 5] more times, then repeat Decrease row once more: 18[20, 21, 23] sts.
Work even in Garter st until Back measures 11[12, 13, 14] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Size 18 months only

Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 16 sts.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: Knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 15 sts.

Sizes 2 and 4 only

Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: [18, 19] sts.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2: [16, 17] sts.

Size 6 only

Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Row 2: Bind off 3 sts, knit across: 20 sts.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 18 sts.

All Sizes

Row 5: Knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 14[15, 16, 17] sts.
Work even in Garter st until armhole measures 3[3, 4.5, 4.5] inches, ending with a WS row.

Neck Shaping

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 2[3, 3, 4] sts, knit across: 12[12, 13, 13] sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 10[10, 11, 11] sts.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: K1, ssk, knit across: 9[9, 10, 10] sts.
Row 6: Knit across.
Work even in Garter st until armhole measures 5[5.5, 6, 6] inches, ending with a RS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (WS): Bind off 5 sts, knit across: 4[4, 5, 5] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

LEFT FRONT

Work same as Right Front through Row 26.
Row 27 (Decrease row - RS): K1, ssk, knit across: 23[25, 27, 29] sts.
Rows 28-32: Knit across (Garter st).
Repeat last 6 rows 4[4, 5, 5] more times, then repeat Decrease row once more: 18[20, 21, 23] sts.
Work even in Garter st until Back measures 11[12, 13, 14] inches from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Armhole Shaping

Size 18 months only

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 16 sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: K1, ssk, knit across: 15 sts.
Row 4: Knit across.

Sizes 2 and 4 only

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 2 sts, knit across: [18, 19] sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2: [16, 17] sts.

Autumn LeavesSize 6 only

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 3 sts, knit across: 20 sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 18 sts.
Row 4: Knit across.

All Sizes

Row 5: K1, ssk, knit across: 14[15, 16, 17] sts.
Work even in Garter st until armhole measures 3[3, 4.5, 4.5] inches, ending with a RS row.

Neck Shaping

Row 1 (WS): Bind off 2[3, 3, 4] sts, knit across: 12[12, 13, 13] sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Bind off 2 sts, knit across: 10[10, 11, 11] sts.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: K1, ssk, knit across: 9[9, 10, 10] sts.
Row 6: Knit across.
Work even in Garter st until armhole measures 5[5.5, 6, 6] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (RS): Bind off 5 sts, knit across: 4[4, 5, 5] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

SLEEVE (make 2)

With CC, cast on 33[37, 37, 41] sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit across.
Rows 2-21: Join MC, beginning with Row 3, work 20 rows in Patt st, break CC.
Row 22: With MC, k3[3, 3, 2], * k2tog, k4[3, 3, 4]; repeat from * 3[5, 5, 5] times more, k2tog, k4[2, 2, 1]: 28[30, 30, 34] sts.
Work even in Garter st until Sleeve measures 5 inches from beginning of the Garter st rows.
Increase Row: K1, kfb, knit across to last 2 sts, kfb, k1: 30[32, 32, 36] sts.
Work in Garter st for 5[5, 7, 7] rows.
Repeat above 6[6, 8, 8] rows, 1[1, 2, 1] more time(s): 32[34, 36, 38] sts.
Work even in Garter st until Sleeve measures 8[8.5, 10.5, 11.5] inches from the beg of Garter st rows, ending with a WS row.

Sleeve Cap

Rows 1-4: Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows, knit across: 24[26, 28, 30] sts.

Autumn LeavesSizes 18 months and 2 only

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 22[24] sts.
Row 2: Knit across.
Repeat last 2 rows, 1[0] more time: 20[24] sts.

All Sizes

Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 18[22, 26, 28] sts.
Next 3 Rows: Knit across.
Repeat last 4 rows, 1[2, 3, 3] more time(s): 16[18, 20, 22] sts.
Next Row: K1, ssk, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 14[16, 18, 20] sts.
Next Row: Knit across.
Repeat last 2 rows, 0[0, 1, 2] more time(s): 14[16, 16, 16] sts.
Next 2 Rows: Bind off 4 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows, knit across: 6[8, 8, 8] sts.
Bind off remaining sts.

FINISHING

Block all pieces to measurements.
Sew shoulder seams.

NECKBAND

Using circular needle and MC, and with RS facing, pick up and knit 13[14, 15, 16] sts from right front neck edge, k14[16, 16, 18] from sts on holder, pick up and knit 13[14, 15, 16] sts to left front neck edge: 40[44, 46, 50] sts.
Rows 1-3: Knit across.
Bind off all sts kwise.

BUTTON BAND

Using circular needle and MC, with RS facing, and beginning at left front neck edge, pick up and knit 45[49, 57, 61] sts.
Work 8[8, 10, 10] rows in Garter st.
Bind off all sts kwise.

BUTTONHOLE BAND

Using circular needle and MC, with RS facing, and beginning at right front bottom edge, pick up and knit 45[49, 57, 61] sts.
Work 4 rows in Garter st.
Buttonhole Row (WS): K3, YO, k2tog, knit across.
Work 3[3, 5, 5] rows in Garter st.
Bind off all sts kwise.

Set in Sleeves. Seam sleeves and sides of body. Fold cuffs to show Patt st.
Attach a button opposite buttonhole.
Weave in all ends.

 

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Yumiko

Yumiko thought that she wanted become a knitwear designer for babies, but soon realized that her baby girl (the model!) grew much faster than she expected. Now she is aiming to become a knitwear designer for children, but better hurry up…. You can find her and her designs on her blog and on Ravelry.

 

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