Monday, April 29

Hooded Coverup

 I took on a challenging knitting project a few months ago and I have just now been able to finish it. This was my first ever sweater attempt and I am pretty happy with the results, given that I really did not know what I was doing and I spent way too much time on YouTube looking up how to do certain stitches.

After I made the sleeves from the directions, I found them to be much too tight in the lower section of the arm for her so I took them apart and re-knitted them larger than the pattern called for. It still resulted in the cuffs being tighter than I would have liked, but it was good for an improvised pattern adjustment.

I was very happy with the way the ribbing and trim came out, and it was much easier to make the button holes than I thought at first. In general, the sweater turned out well, if not perfect, and I am encouraged to try more patterns and expand my knitting skills.

I can honestly say that YouTube is a homemakers/homesteaders/Moms best friend. You can look up how to do just about anything on YouTube.

Here is the pattern:




photo from lionbrand.com
 
 










SKILL LEVEL: Easy
SIZE: 3-6 mos, 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 months (2 yrs)
Finished Chest: 20 (22, 24, 27) in. (51 (56, 61, 68.5) cm)
Finished Length:
8 (10, 11, 13) in. (20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
GAUGE:
13 stitches + 20 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.


BackCast on 32 (36, 39, 42) sts.
Rows 1-4:
Knit.
Row 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 6: Purl.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 (10, 11, 13) in. (20.5 (25.5, 28, 33) cm) from beg. Bind off.
Left FrontCast on 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.Rows 1-4: Knit.

Row 5 (RS):
Knit.
Row 6 (WS):
K5, p11 (13, 15, 17). Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 6 (8, 9, 11) in. (15 (20.5, 23, 28) cm) from beg, end with a RS row.
Shape Neck
Next Row (WS):
Bind off 5 (5, 6, 6) sts for neck, finish row. Working in St st, dec 1 st at neck edge every row 2 (3, 3, 4) times – 9 (10, 11, 12) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures same as Back. Bind off.
RIGHT FRONTCast on 16 (18, 20, 22) sts.
Rows 1-4: Knit.
Row 5 (RS): Knit.
Row 6 (WS): P11 (13, 15, 17), k5. Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 3 (4, 5, 7) in. (7.5 (10, 12.5, 18 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Buttonhole Row (RS): K2, yo, k2tog, k to last st.
Work even St st until piece measures 5 1/2 (7 1/2, 8 1/2, 10 1/2) in. (14 (19.5, 21.5, 26.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row (RS): Rep Buttonhole Row.
Continue in St st until piece measures same as Left Front to neck shaping. Shape neck as for Left Front, reversing shaping. Bind off.
SLEEVESSew shoulder seams. Place markers 4 (4, 4 1/2, 5) in. (10 (10, 11.5, 12.5) cm down from shoulder on Fronts and Back. From RS, pick up and k 26 (26, 30, 32) sts between markers. Work in garter st (k every row) for 2 in. (5 cm).
Dec Row: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 24 (24, 28, 30) sts. Working in garter st, rep Dec Row every 6 rows 2 (2, 4, 5) times more – 20 sts. Work even until piece measures 6 (7, 8, 9) in. (15 (18, 20.5, 23) cm). Bind off.
FINISHINGSew side and Sleeve seams. Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
HoodFrom RS, pick up and k 40 (42, 44, 46) sts evenly spaced around neck edge.
Next Row:
K and inc 10 (10, 12, 12) sts evenly spaced across row – 50 (52, 56, 58) sts. Work in garter st until piece measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) in. (18 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm) from beg. Bind off. Fold bound-off edge in half and sew together for top of Hood.
Weave in ends.

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