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sep052012

Ready for Fall-Sweater

Lovely, warm sweater for colder days. Knitted with a “brioche-for-cheaters”-pattern with raglan decrease.

Sizes
16 y (S) M/L (XL/XXL)
SIze M/L for free below, the rest can be bought here

Yarn
Pickles Pure Thin Alpaca
650 (700) 800 (900) g

Needles
Circular needles 32” or 40” and DP needles US 4 and 9

Gauge per 4”
24 s/24 rows in pattern without stretching the fabric
16 s/26 rows stretched out
28 s/32 rows edging

Measurements, hanging
Width, not stretched:
About 15.6 (16.9) 18.9 (20.4)”  
Width stretched, in use:
About 23.6 (26) 29.1 (31.1)”
Length (depends on how much it is stretched out): About 31.5 (34.6) 36.2 (37.7)”

THE BODY
The whole sweater is knitted bottom-up in double stranded. All measurements must be taken while holding the piece up, as alpaca is quite a heavy fibre.
The fabric is really stretchy, and shows off your curves. If you prefer a more oversized look, rinse it and leave it to dry in the desired shape.
We have given measurements both non-stretched and stretched. Use them to find your size.

Cast on 232 s on circular needles US 4.
Knit a rib in the round, P1, K1 (start with a purl) for about 2.4”masker på rundpinne 4 mm.
Place markers (PM) at the beginning of the round and after 116 s to mark the sides.
Start knitting in pattern on US 9 like this:

Round 1
*K3, P1*
Repeat from * to * til end of round.

Round 2:
P1, K1 *P3, K1*
Repeat from * to * until 2 s remains. P2.

Cast off the 3 stitches after each of the markers on a round 1 when the work is about 25.6”
(Both the front and back piece should start end end with a purl-stitch
 = 226 s. Put the piece aside.

SLEEVES
Cast on 54 s on DP needles US 4.
Knit a rib in the round, K1, P1 for about 2”.
Start knitting in pattern on US 9 like this:

Round 1
K1, P1, K1 for lining under the sleeve. K1 * P1, K3*
Repeat until 2 stitches remain, P1, K1.

Round 2:
K1, P1, K1 for lining under the sleeve. *P3. K1*
Repeat until 3 stitches remain, P3.

Increase 1 s on each side of the 3 lining-stitches under the sleeve on a round 1 every 2.7” 5 times in total = 64 stitches.
TIP: Knit the new stitches in pattern-stitch. The first new stitch on both sides will be a knit sticth on every round. The next will be a moss stitch, and the third will be a purl stitch.
Cast off the 3 lining-stitches when the sleeve is about 16.5”  
= 61 s

Put the sleeve aside and knit another.

RAGLAN DECREASE
Place one sleeve in each slot where you casted off 3 stitches on the body piece.
Make sure the cast off-edges on the sleeves and the body piece are facing eachother. = 348 s.
PM between all transistions between the body piece and the sleeves = 4 markers.
Continue knitting in the pattern already created, but ALWAYS knit the stitch before and after each marker (K2)

On every second round you´ll decrease on each side of each marker like this:
Knit until 3 s remains before the marker, SSK, K2, K2tog.
=8 s decreased on the round.

When you have knitted 29 rounds of decreasing in total you´ll have 116 stitches.
Use US needles 4 and knit rib pattern, K1, P1.
MAKE SURE that the knit stitch comes directly over the knit stitch in the pattern.
ALSO, on the first round K2tog when 1 stitch remain before each marker= 4 stitches decreased.

Cast off after 2” of rib pattern. Make sure to cast off loosely enough for the head to fit. If there is room, cast off tighter rather than looser, as the fitting will be nicer.

Sew under the sleeves.