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Archive entry for September 2012

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September 2012

Late summer man appeal

MansChequeredSweater.jpg

This is almost a guernsey style man's sweater. The "chequered pattern" is similar to the "Jacob's Ladder" in the guernsey tradition, although the raglan sleeve would not be traditional, and the double knitting yarn is a little heavier than the usual 5 ply.
I particularly like the change to to the ridged pattern for the yoke, and the raglan sleeves. I guess if you were up to a challenge, you could thread all the stitches for the yoke sections on one circular needle, and knit in the round as one piece, avoiding any potential bulky seaming. If I ever knit this, I may try that, but you do need to work it out first, as the decreasing for the sleeve sections is usually in a different sequence from the backs and fronts.

"...typical "man appeal" style that will make it a winner..."

Instructions

These 8 rows form ridge pattern:
1st row (right side facing): purl.
2nd and 3rd rows: knit.
4th and 5th rows: purl.
6th and 7th rows: knit.
8th row: purl.

Back:

Using No 10 (3¼mm)needles cast on 104(108)stitches and work 2½ inches in k2, p2 rib, increasing 10(12)stitches evenly across the last row: [114(120)stitches]

Change to No 8 (4mm)needles and pattern:

1st row (right side facing): knit.
2nd row: p7(12), k2, * p12, k2; repeat from * to last 7(12)stitches, p7(10).
Repeat the last 2 rows twice more.
7th row: p7(10), * k16, p12; rep. from * to last 23(26)stitches, k16, p7(10).
8th row: k9(12), * p12, k16; rep. from * to last 21(24)stitches, p12, k9(12).
9th-14th rows:
repeat 1st and 2nd rows 3 times.
15th row: k9(12), p12, k16; repeat from * to last 21(24)stitches, p12, k9(12).
16th row: p7(10), * k16, p12; rep. from * to last 23(26)stitches, k16, p7(10).

These 16 rows form pattern.
Continue straight in pattern until back measures 15 inches, measuring work down the centre on wrong side.

With right side facing, shape raglans by casting off 5(5)stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following 4th row until 90(96)stitches remain.
Work 1 row in pattern.

With right side facing, change to ridge pattern as given at the beginning, and work 2 rows straight, then continue decreasing 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following 4th row until 76(86)stitches remain. Work 3 rows straight.
Continue in ridge pattern decreasing 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following alternate row until 36(38)stitches remain.
Work 1 row in pattern and leave stitches on a spare needle.

Front:

Work exactly as for the back until 54(56)stitches remain in raglan. Work 1 row in pattern.

With right side facing, divide for neck as follows:-

Next row: k2tog, pattern 15(15), turn, and leave remaining stitches on a spare needle.
Next row: work in pattern.
Continue shaping raglan on next and every alternate row as before and at the same time shape neck by decreasing 1 stitch at the neck edge on the next and every following 3rd row until 2 stitches remain; k2tog and fasten off.

With right side facing, slip centre 20(22)stitches on a spare needle, rejoin wool to remaining stitches, and pattern to the last 2 stitches; k2tog. Finish to correspond with first side.

Sleeves:

With No 10 needles, cast on 52(52)stitches and work 2½ inches k2, p2 rib, increasing 6 stitches evenly across the last row: [58 (58)stitches]

Change to No 8 needles and work in pattern.
Your first 2 rows will read for both sizes:-

1st row (right side facing): knit.
2nd row: p7, k2, * p12, k2; repeat from * to last 7 stitches, p7.

Continue in pattern shaping sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 5th and every following 6th row until there are 86(86)stitches. Work straight until sleeve seam measures about 19½ inches, ending with same pattern row as you did when you started the raglan on the back.

With right side facing, shape raglan top by casting off 4(4)stitches at the begining of the next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following 4th row until 64(64) stitches remain.
Work 1 row in pattern.

With right side facing, change to ridge pattern as for back and work 2 rows straight, then continue decreasing 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following 4th row until 50(50) stitches remain.
Work 3 rows straight.

Now decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next and every following alternate row until 10(10) stitches remain.
Work 1 row in pattern, and leave stitches on a spare needle.

Neck Band:

Join raglan seams matching patterns carefully.

With the set of 4 No 10 needles and right side facing, start at left raglan seam on front and pick up and knit 18 stitches down left side of neck;
knit across 20(22) stitches on the spare needle, increasing as follows: k2(3), {pick up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knit into back of it, knit 4} 4 times, pick up horizontal loop as before, k2(3);
pick up and k18 stitches up right side of neck;
k10 sleeve stitches;
k36(38) stitches from back increasing as follows: k6(7), {pick up and knit to back of horizontal loop as before, k4} 6 times, pick up and knit loop as before, k 6(7);
k10 sleeve stitches: [124 (128) stitches]

Work in rounds of k2, p2 rib for 2½ ins.
Cast off loosely in rib using a bigger needle.

To Make Up

Press parts lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth.
Join side and sleeve seams.
Fold neckband in half to wrong side and slip-hem in position.
Press all seams.

Materials

23(24)ozs Patons Double Quick Knitting in Golden Beige 6117

Pair each No 8 (4mm), and No 10 (3¼mm), plus a set of four No 10 (3¼mm)needles, pointed both ends for neck-band.

Tension

22sts and 30 rows to 4 ins using No 8 needles over stocking stitch.

Size matters

To fit chest: 38-39(40-41)inches;
actual size seems to be 41/(43)inches.

Length from top of shoulders, 26/(26) inches; sleeve seam, 19½(19½)ins.

Instructions for larger size given in brackets (bold blue). Where one set of figures is given this applies to both sizes.

A word on the wool.

The tension and needle size indicate that any standard UK double knitting would work; in the US this yarn weight is probably considered a light worsted.
It's worth checking your tension as, even in the UK, the term double knitting covers a multitude of subtle variations in yarn thickness.

Disclaimer
(well...almost)

In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

MansChequeredSweaterStitch.jpg

© Christina Coutts 2007

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