3-Ply Fingering Yarn: Main color, 4 oz. maroon Design colors, ¼ oz. white, ¼ oz. bright blue
Needles: 1 pair size 2, 1 pair size 3 (standard)
1 set size 2 double pointed needles (standard)
7 stitches = 1 inch
9 rows = 1 inch
Chest measurement of sweater = 24 inches
With size 2 needles and the main color, cast on 80 stitches. Work in ribbing of knit 2, purl 2, for 2 inches. Change to size 3 needles and knit the first row shown on the diagram, increasing to 85 stitches on this row (increase about every 13th stitch). Continue to follow the diagram in the stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), but omit the design and neck shaping.
Decreases at the underarm are made by binding off the number of stitches shown. Always slip the first stitch when binding off. For the shoulders, start on the indicated row and bind off at the beginning of 6 consecutive rows the number of stitches shown, placing the remaining 29 stitches on a stitch holder for the neckband.
Work the same as the back, starting to follow the diagram on the first row after the ribbing. All background stitches inside the solid outline of the horse and rider are in white. Bind off underarm stitches as shown. On the row indicating the start of the neck opening, work the first 22 stitches. Then continue working on these stitches only, making the neck and shoulder decreases as shown until this shoulder is completed. Place the next 25 stitches on a stitch holder for the neckband. Then tie on yarn at the neck edge and work the remaining 22 stitches for the other shoulder. When a decrease at the neck edge comes at the beginning of a row, knit 1, slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit. When a decrease at the neck edge comes at the end of a row, knit to within 3 stitches of the end, knit 2 together, knit 1.
With size 2 needles and the main color, cast on 40 stitches and work in ribbing of knit 2, purl 2, for 2 inches. Change to size 3 needles and knit across the next row, increasing to 45 stitches (increase about every 7th stitch). Work in stockinette stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 9th row, then every 8th row until there are 61 stitches. When the sleeve measures 10 ¾ inches from the beginning, ending with a purl row, bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows. Then bind off 1 stitch at the beginning of every row until 33 stitches remain, then 3 stitches at the beginning of every row until 15 stitches remain. Bind off these 15 stitches.
Assemble the sweater according to the directions on patternbook page. For the neckband, pick up 92 stitches (including those on stitch holders) around the neck with size 2 double pointed needles and work these stitches in ribbing of knit 2, purl 2, for 8 rows. Then bind off loosely in the knit 2, purl 2 pattern.
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Prairie Flower Sweater
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