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By Talitha Kuomi
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I received Wallace and Gromit dvds as a gift this year. After the face splitting smiles of seeing ‘A Close Shave’ for the first time had worn off, I was left with the image of the sweater that Gromit knits for Shaun the Sheep (out of his very own wool) stuck in my head.

Those huge claymation stitches and their thick swath of chevrons were the inspiration for this sweater.

Size

2T [4T, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14]
Size shown: 4T

Finished Measurements

Chest: 23¼ [24¾, 26¼, 27¾, 29¾, 31, 33¼] inches

Length from base of neck to hem: 13 [14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 20½] inches

Materials

Spud and Chloe™ Outer [65% Wool, 35% Organic Cotton; 60 yards/55 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram hank];

Bayou (MC); 5 [5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] hanks
Carbon (A); 1 hank
Peat (B); 1 hank

Recommended needle sizes

Size 11/8 mm 29 [29, 29, 32, 32, 32, 32] inches
Size 11 double pointed needles (set of 4 or 5)

Notions

3 [3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5] buttons (11/16 inch or 18 mm)
Tapestry needle

Gauge

12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch knit in the round

Pattern Notes

This sweater is knit flat until the stripes across the chest have been completed. This eliminates jogging in the striped section since the super bulky yarn magnifies that effect.
LLI – With left needle, pick up the left leg of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch on the right needle and knit into the back of the stitch.
RLI – Insert right needle into the st below the stitch on left needle from the back, then lift the stitch onto the left needle and knit it.

Skills Required

Knitting on dpns, knitting in the round, right and left lifted increases.


INSTRUCTIONS

With MC, cast on 34 [34, 37, 37, 43, 43, 46] sts.

Row 1: *P1, k2; repeat from * to last st, p1.
AskelRow 2: *K1, p2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Repeat rows 1-2 until piece measures 2½ [2¾, 2¾, 2¾, 3, 3, 3] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shoulders

Set up row:  (RS) Knit 5 [5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7], pm, k1, pm, RLI, knit 5 [5, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8], LLI, pm, k1, pm, RLI, knit 10 [10, 9, 9, 11, 11, 12], LLI, pm, k1, pm, RLI, knit 5 [5, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8], LLI, pm, k1, pm, knit to end (6 sts increased): 40 [40, 43, 43, 49, 49, 52] sts.
Row 1 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts slipping markers as you come to them, k2.
Row 2: *Knit to marker, LLI, sm, k1, sm, RLI; repeat from * 3 times more, knit to end (8 sts increased): 48 [48, 51, 51, 57, 57, 60] sts.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 5 [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] times: 88 [96, 107, 115, 129, 137, 148] sts.

Stripes

Change to Color A and repeat Rows 1 and 2 once, then repeat Row 1 once more.
Change to Color B and repeat Row 2 once.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2, once more.

Change back to Color A and work Rows 1 and 2 once, then repeat Row 1 once more.

Change to MC and beginning with Row 2, work even until piece measures approximately 6¾ [7½, 8, 8¾, 9¼, 9¾, 10½] inches measured diagonally down the raglan sleeve ‘seam’ from the base of the neck ribbing, ending with a WS row.

With RS facing, join to knit in the round: 128 [136, 147, 155, 169, 177, 188] sts
Next rnd:  Knit around.
Next rnd: Knit to marker, sm, k1, remove marker, put sts from here to next marker on a piece of spare yarn or stitch holder, remove marker, k1, remove marker, knit to marker, remove marker, k1, remove marker, knit to end: 70 [74, 79, 83, 89, 93, 100] sts.

Continue knitting in the round until sweater measures 13 [14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 20½] inches from the bottom of the neck ribbing.
AsaNext rnd: Purl around.
Knit 4 more rnds.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Sleeves

Using MC and dpns, cast on 1 st, knit across live sts for one sleeve, cast on 1 st, pm: 29 [31, 34, 36, 40, 42, 44] sts.
Rnds 1-5: Knit to end, slipping marker as you come to it.
Dec rnd: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, sm: 27 [29, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42] sts.
Repeat the last 6 rnds until 19 [21, 22, 24, 26, 26, 28] sts remain.
Work even until sleeve measures 8½ [10½, 11½, 12½, 13½, 15, 16] inches from the base of the armhole.
Next rnd: Purl around.
Knit 4 more rnds.
Bind off all sts loosely.

Repeat for Second sleeve.

FINISHING

Fold the bottom hem on the purl rnd and with WS facing, whipstitch in place.
Fold each sleeve hem on the purl rnd and with WS facing, whipstitch in place.
Stitch up under arm gaps so that the seams you create run parallel to the bottom hem.
Mattress stitch the stripes together in the center front and continue stitching one row up into the MC.
Sew 3 [3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5] buttons, evenly spaced between the end of the collar ribbing and the top of the striped section, along the left edge of the front neck opening.

Asa
Using dpns, make one I-cord loop to line up with each of the buttons by picking up one st from the left front edge of the center opening directly across from a button and working as follows:
*k1, place yarn behind the needle that the st is on, push this st from the left end to the right hand end of the needle; repeat from * 6 times more (or until the loop is long enough to fit around the buttons that you have chosen to use).  Cut a 12 inch yarn tail, thread through the one live st on your needle, pull snug and use the tapestry needle to attach this end of the I-cord next to the beginning st . Repeat to make I-cord loops for each remaining buttons.

 

Schematic

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Talitha

Talitha’s middle son has grown one full inch every 3 months for the past year and a half. Her only hope of knitting him something that will actually still fit by the time she’s finished is to work in super bulky yarns and super big needles. She talks about her stitches, her progress and her handsome growing boy on her blog.

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