Marty’s Unfortunate Sweater Version 1
– Candy & Bagel by Jean Chung-
This is the Part 1 of the free version of this pattern, which will be available only until 08.21.2014. After that, the fully tech-edited version with different yarn and sizes will be available for sale. If you joined the knitalong and posted the progress of the pattern on your blog, instagram, twitter, or Ravelry, you will receive a finalized pattern in September 2014.
Yarn: Colourmart DK Weight 73% Merino Plano, 12% Viscose, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere, Approximately 500 yds per 150 g cone, in MF Tweed (#09733), 4 cones.
Notions: 5″ zipper, tapestry needle.
Needles: US 4 circulars 32″ or longer; US 5 circulars 32″ or longer
Gauge: 4.75 st per inch in larger needles.
Size: Finished chest circumference 40″
Note about this sweater’s construction:
This sweater construction is my go-to method for garment construction: flat knitting for front and back, and then knitting in the round for the sleeves. It came to be after many in-depth discussions with my husband and my own observations. I like the body to have a good structure, which can be more easily achieved by flat knitting and seaming. But seams on the sleeves can be quite annoying especially if you’re wearing short-sleeve or sleeveless undershirts.
CO 96 sts in the smaller needles.
Next row (RS): (K2, p2) to end. Repeat last row for 3″, ending with WS row.
Switch to larger needle. Work evenly in St st for 14″.
Next row (RS): BO 3, knit to end.
Next row: BO 3, purl to end.
Next row: K 1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before end, ssk, k1.
Next row: Purl.
Repeat the last 2 rows once more. — 86 sts.**
Work evenly in St st until the armhole measures 10″, ending with WS row.
Next row (RS): K 24, drop the working yarn; with a new cone of yarn, BO the middle 38 sts. Continue k to 8 sts before end, and stop. — 24 sts on each side for shoulders.
From where you stopped, wrap the next st and turn (w & t).
Next row: Purl back to end.
Next row: K 8, w & t.
Next row: Purl back.
Next row: K to end, picking up the wrapped sts.
Next row: BO all sts pwise.
Pick up the working yarn attached, and p to 8 sts before end, w & t.
Next row (RS): Knit to end.
Next row: P 8, w & t.
Next row: Knit to end.
Next row: P to end, picking up the wrapped sts.
Next row: BO all sts kwise.
Work as Back up to **.
Work evenly in St st until the Armhole measures 3.5″, ending with WS row.
Next row: K 43, CO 5 in Backward Loop CO method, K to end. — 91 sts.
Continue working evenly in St st until Armhole measures 8″, ending with WS row.
Next row: K 28, drop working yarn, and with new cone of yarn, BO the middle 30 sts, then k to end — 28 sts on each side. Work both shoulders simultaneously from here.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: (Left) K to 3 sts before end, ssk, k1; (Right) K1, k2tog, k to end.
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 times.
Continue working in St st for both shoulders until the Armholes measure 9.5″ total.
Follow the instructions for shoulder shaping from the Back.
Seam the shoulders and sides.