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Free Knitting Pattern: Red Hot Sweater Jacket

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky
Pattern #: 20061127Sweater
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 25 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X

Bust (closed) 37 (39, 43, 46) in [94 (99, 109, 117) cm]
Length 24½ (25, 25½, 26) in [62 (63.5, 64.5, 66)cm]
Upper arm 13½ (14½, 15½, 16½) in [34 (37, 39.5, 42)cm]

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

PUBLISHED IN:  Knit It!, Simply Creative Crochet, Woman's Day
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Garter stitch and gentle shaping make for easy finishing of this design by Mari Lynn Patrick. A three-needle bind-off completes the collar join at the back neck edge.

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*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins

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Note: One extra size 10.5 needle is needed for the 3-needle bind-off

Red Hot Sweater Jacket

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky


12 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches [10 cm] over garter st using size 10½ (6.5mm) needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

Cast on 55 (59, 65, 69) sts. Cont in garter st and work even until piece measures 15½"/39.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Armhole shaping
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each side on next row, then every other row 1 (2, 3, 3) times more -- 45 (47, 49, 53) sts. Work even until armhole measures 8 (8½, 9, 9½)in. /20.5 (21.5, 23, 24)cm, end with a WS row.
Shoulder shaping
Bind off 4 (5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 5 (4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Bind off rem 19 sts for back neck.
Cast on 30 (32, 35, 37) sts. Cont in garter st and work even until piece measures 15½in. /39.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Armhole and shawl collar shaping
Read through entire shaping directions before beginning.
Next row (RS) Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) sts (armhole edge), k to last 5 sts, M1 (collar inc), k5. Knit next row. Cont to shape armhole as foll: dec 1 st at armhole edge on next row, then every other row 1 (2, 3, 3) times more. AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st (M1) 5 sts from collar edge every 4th row 5 times more, then every 6th row twice -- 33 (34, 35, 37) sts. Work even until armhole measures same as back to shoulder, end with a WS row.
Shoulder shaping
Bind off 4 (5, 5, 6) sts at armhole edge twice, then 5 (4, 5, 5) sts once -- 20 sts. Work even for 3in. /7.5cm for collar, end with a WS row. Place sts on holder.


Work as for left front, reversing all shaping.

Cast on 27 (27, 29, 29) sts. Cont in garter st and work even for 6 rows. Inc 1 st each side on next row, then every 14th (12th, 10th, 8th) row 6 (7, 8, 9) times more -- 41 (43, 47, 49) sts. Work even until piece measures 17½in. /44.5cm from beg, end with a WS row.
Cap shaping
Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st each side on next row, then every other row twice more, every 4th row 5 (6, 6, 7) times, every row 4 (4, 5, 5) times. Bind off rem 11 sts.


Do not block. Sew shoulder seams. Sew inside collar edge to back neck edge. Set in sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Three-needle bind-off
To bind off and join collar sts tog, work as foll: Place sts on holders on two separate needles. Hold needles parallel with RS facing and tips of needles pointing right. Insert 3rd needle knitwise into first st on front needle and first st on back needle, then wrap the yarn around the 3rd needle as if to knit. Knit these 2 sts tog and slip them off the needles. *Knit the next 2 sts tog in the same manner. Slip the first st on the 3rd needle over the 2nd st and off the needle. Rep from * across the row until all sts have been bound off.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
M1 = make 1 st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 25 reviews)
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Red Hot Sweater Jacket Reviewed by sally g on 2014-10-16 **
I am not an expert knitter, but not a complete novice either. I chose this pattern because I thought it would be simple and it is what I was looking for in a sweater pattern. I found the instructions incomplete and confusing starting at arm and collar shaping. I had to consult an experienced knitter to help me figure this out. This pattern said it was for a beginner, and it is simple once you figure out the pattern. Patterns should be reviewed, line by line before being printed to make sure it is what it says it is. That being said, I will probably make this again, now that I know how to read the pattern. Anyone else have this problem?

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