Boat neck sweater

This pattern introduces you to shaping, which makes a garment fit better or makes it more practical to wear. In this design straight sleeves that measured the same all the way up would produce a piece that fitted comfortably at the top but would be too wide at the wrist. So here they are made wider at the top than the bottom by adding more stitches at the beginning and end of certain rows. This technique is called increasing.

The style of sleeve used here is called a dropped shoulder: the straight cast-off edge is sewn to the body without armhole shaping. When sewing on the sleeves measure the top of the sleeve and place the centre of the cast-off edge to the shoulder seam. Pin the beginning and end of the row to the back and front at the same distance from the shoulder seam. Sew together the shoulders using cast-off rows of garter stitch.

techniques focus increasing and (overleaf) seams (see also pages 36 and 46-7)

increase one ('inc one')

increase one ('inc one')

1 Insert the the right-hand needle into the front of the next stitch, then knit the stitch but leave it on the left-hand needle.
2 Insert the right-hand needle into the back of the same stitch and knit it. Then slip the original stitch off the needle. You now have an extra stitch on the right-hand needle.
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joining two cast-off edges in garter stitch joining a cast-off edge and a selvedge in stocking stitch

Insert needle under the two strands of a cast-off stitch on one edge and then under two strands of a cast-off stitch on the other edge. Continue in this way from edge to edge, drawing up the thread to form a flat seam.

boat neck sweater

Bnng the needle back to front through the centre of the first stitch on the cast-off edge. Then insert it under one or two horizontal strands between the first and second stitches on the selvedge and back through the centre of the same cast-off stitch. Pull up the thread so the seaming stitches disappear. Continue in this way until the seam is completed.

measurements

To fit ages

0-3

3-6

6-9

9-12

months

Actual measurements

Chest

48

52

56

61

cm

19

20%

22

24

in

Length to shoulder

22

24

26

28

cm

83A

10%

11

in

Sleeve length

14

16

18

20

cm

5%

6 V*

7

8

in

materials tension abbreviations

2(3:3:4) 50g balls Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran in Lilac. Pair each of 4^mm (US 7) and 5mm (US 8) knitting needles.

18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm/4in square over st st using 5mm (US 8) needles.

beg = beginning cm = centimetre(s) cont = continue foil = following in = inch(es) inc = increase one st by working into front and back of stitch K(k) = knit mm = millimetres P(p) = purl st(s) = stitch(es) st st = stocking stitch boat neck sweater back and front With 4^mm (US 7) needles, cast on 45(49:53:57) sts.

Change to 5mm (US 8) needles.

Beg with a k row, work in st st until work measures 22(24:26:28)cm/8%(9&10%:11)in, ending with a p row. K 2 rows.

Cast off all sts knitwise.

sleeves With 4^mm (US 7) needles, cast on 30(32:34:36) sts.

Change to 5mm (US 8) needles.

Inc row (right side) Inc one st, k to last st, inc one st.

Cont in st st and inc as before on next and every foil 6th row until there are 40(44:48:52) sts.

Cont straight until sleeve measures 14(16:18:20)cm/5!4(6%:7:8)in from cast-on edge, ending with a p row. Cast off.

to make up Join front to back at shoulders, leaving 17(18:18:19)cm/6%(7:7:71^)in open in centre for neck. Sew on sleeves. Join side and sleeve seams.

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