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Flag Sweater

knit in Cotton Twist
Skill level: Easy

 

 

 

Schematic | Chart | Abbreviations & Terms

Yarn used ...

        Cotton Twist  

             

           

Show your patriotic spirit with this bold and beautiful all-season pullover.

 

SIZES
Directions are for women’s size Small.
Changes for sizes Medium and
Large are in parentheses.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust – 39(43-47)".
Length – 25(26-27)".

MATERIALS
BERROCO COTTON TWIST (50 grs), 5(6-7) hanks each #8311 True Red (MC), #8301 Bleach White (A) and #8325 Navy Blue (B).
Straight knitting needles, sizes 6 and 8 OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
16" length circular knitting needle, size 6.
1 St Marker.

GAUGE
19 sts = 4"; 26 rows = 4" in St st on size 8 needles.
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

NOTE 1
When working star design following chart, cut strands of Color A in lengths of 30-40". Use a separate strand of A for each star. Where Color B must be carried across more than 3 sts, twist yarn to avoid long loops.

NOTE 2
When changing colors, always hold color to the left and pick up new color from underneath. This twists yarn so there are no holes.

NOTE 3
MC and Color A may be carried loosely up side of work when not in use.

NOTE 4
If desired, the sections worked following chart may be worked in solid color B. The stars may then be added using duplicate st embroidery.

STRIPE PATTERN (Repeat of 16 rows)
Working in St st, * work 8 rows Color A, 8 rows MC. Rep from * for Stripe Pat.

BACK
With smaller straight needles, using MC, cast on 94(102-114) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K2, * p2, k2, rep from * across.
Row 2: P2, * k2, p2, rep from * across. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 3" from beg, end on WS, dec 1(0-2) sts on last row – 93(102-112) sts. Change to larger needles and work even in St st, following Stripe Pat until piece measures approximately 16-1/2(17-17-1/2)" from beg, end with 8 rows Color A(4 rows MC-6 rows MC) of Stripe Pat. Mark beg and end of last row for beg of armholes. Work even in Stripe pat until armholes measure 8-1/2(9-9-1/2)", end with 8 rows MC(8 rows Color A-4 rows MC) of Stripe Pat.
Shape Shoulders and Neck: With MC(Color A-MC), bind off 31(34-38) sts; k until there are 31(34-36) sts on RH needle and sl these sts onto holder for back neck, bind off remaining sts.

FRONT
Work same as for back until 24(32-32) rows of Stripe Pat have been completed – 94(102-112) sts. Piece should measure approximately 6-3/4(8-8)", end with 8 rows Color A(MC-MC) of Stripe Pat.
Establish Flag Motif: Row 1 (RS): With MC(Color A-Color A), k18(25-31), place marker, work Row 1 of chart across last 75(77-81) sts.
Row 2: Work Row 2 of chart to marker, work to end in Stripe pat. Work even in pat as established until piece measures approximately 16-1/2(17-17-1/2)", end on Row 16(12-14) of chart and same row of Stripe Pat as for back. Mark beg and end of last row for beg of armholes. Work even until armholes measure approximately 5(5-1/2-6)", end with Row 24(24-4) of chart and 8 rows Color A(8 rows MC-4 rows Color A) of Stripe Pat.
Shape Neck: Work 42(45-49) sts, sl next 9(12-14) sts onto holder for front neck, join another hank of Color B and work to end. Working both sides at once and keeping continuity of pats as established, dec 1 st at each neck edge EVERY row 6 times, then every other row 5 times. Work even on 31(34-38) sts each side until armholes measure approximately 8-1/2(9-9-1/2)", end with Row 24(24-4) of chart and same row of Stripe Pat as for back. Bind off all sts for shoulders.

RIGHT SLEEVE
With smaller straight needles, using MC, cast on 46 sts. Work in ribbing same as for back for 3", end on WS, inc 3 sts evenly spaced across last row – 49 sts. Change to larger needles. Beg with Row 3(1-1), work in St st following chart. AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 4(11-16) times, then every 6th row 12(8-5) times, working sts into charted pat as sts become available. Work even on 81(87-91) sts until sleeve measures approximately 17-1/2(18-18-1/2)" from beg, end with Row 24(24-4) of chart. Bind off all sts.

LEFT SLEEVE
Work same as for right sleeve until ribbing has been completed. Change to larger needles.
For Size Large ONLY: With MC, work in St st for 4 rows.
For ALL sizes: Beg with 6(8-8) rows Color A, work in Stripe Pat. AT THE SAME TIME, work incs at each side same as for right sleeve – 81(87-91) sts. When sleeve measures approximately 17-1/2(18-18-1/2)", end with 8 rows MC of Stripe Pat. Bind off all sts.

FINISHING
Steam pieces lightly. Sew shoulder seams.
Neckband: With RS facing, sl 31(34-36) sts from back holder onto circular needle. Sl first 15(17-18) sts without working them; join Color B and k the next 16(17-18) sts, pick up and k28(27-27) sts along left front neck edge, k9(12-14) sts from front holder, pick up and k28(27-27) sts along right front neck edge, then k remaining 15(17-18) sts – 96(100-104) sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up. Work even in k2, p2 ribbing for 1". K the next rnd, dec 12 sts evenly spaced around – 84(88-92) sts. Purl 3 rnds. Bind off all sts purlwise. Sew in sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams, matching Stripes where possible.

DIRECTIONS FOR CHART
FRONT
For Small: Beg at B, work to D, rep between B and D, end at F.
For Medium: Beg at B, work to D, rep between B and D, end at G.
For Large: Beg at A, work to D, rep between B and D, end at H.

RIGHT SLEEVE
For ALL sizes: Beg at C, work to D, rep between B and D, end at E.

HOW TO WORK CHART
Odd-numbered rows are RS rows and are worked from right to left. Even-numbered rows are WS rows and are worked from left to right.

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