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Free Knitting Pattern: Knit Ripple Pullover

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease® (original)
Pattern #: 20272

This easy ripple design has drop shoulders, elbow-length sleeves and simple shaping that provides a loose-fitting but slightly tapered style that is both flattering and comfortable.

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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X

Finished chest 37 (42, 44, 49, 51, 56) inches Length 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) inches

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.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Mar 17, 2003)
There is a typo on the Back. After cast on and knit three rows, it says "Next Row (RS)..." and the following section also begins "Next Row (RS)". That second one should be "Next Row (WS)".
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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*Cotton-Ease® (original) (Article #700). 50% Cotton/50% Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (207yds/188m) pull skeins

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Knit Ripple Pullover

Lion Brand® Cotton-Ease® (original)


21 sts + 26 rows = 4" (10 cm) over ripple pattern.

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.

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Ripple Pattern for Body R
ow 1 (RS) *K2tog 3 times, [k 1, yarn over] 6 times, k2tog 3 times.
Rows 2, 3 and 5 Knit.
Rows 4 and 6 Purl.

Ripple Pattern for Sleeves
Row 1 (RS) *K2tog 3 times, [k 1, yarn over] 6 times, k2tog 3 times.
Rows 2, 3, 5 and 7 Knit.
Rows 4, 6 and 8 Purl.


Cast on 98 (110, 116, 128, 134, 146) sts. Knit 3 rows. Begin ripple pattern for body as follows: Next row (RS) K 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1); place marker (pm) work Row 1 of ripple pattern 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) times, pm, end

k 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1). Next row (WS) P 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1); slip marker, work Row 2 of ripple pattern to marker, slip marker, end p 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1). Continue in this way, working stockinette stitch (k on RS, p on WS) at beginning and end of row outside markers and ripple pattern between markers, until piece measures 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24)" from beg, ending with Row 2.

Neck shaping Next row (RS) K 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1), pm; work ripple pattern over 18 (27, 27, 36, 36, 45) sts, pm, k 6 (6, 6, 6, 3, 3) sts; join a second ball of yarn and bind off next 42 (42, 42, 42, 48, 48) sts; k 6 (6, 6, 6, 3, 3) sts, pm, work ripple pattern over 18 (27, 27, 36, 36, 45) sts; pm, k 4 (1, 4, 1, 4, 1) sts. Working both sides with separate balls of yarn at the same time, continue in pattern, keeping sts outside ripple pattern/markers in stockinette stitch and Row 2 when appropriate, until piece measures 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)" from beg. Bind off all sts.


Work as for Back until piece measures 18 (19, 20, 21, 22, 23)" from beg, ending with a Row 2. Work neck shaping as for Back.


Cast on 72 (72, 80, 80, 84, 84) sts. Knit 3 rows. Beg ripple pattern for sleeves as follows: Next row (RS) K 0 (0, 4, 4, 6, 6); pm, work Row 1 of ripple pattern 4 times, pm, end k 0 (0, 4, 4, 6, 6).

Next row (RS) P 0 (0, 4, 4, 6, 6); slip marker, work Row 2 of ripple pattern 4 times, slip marker, end p 0 (0, 4, 4, 6, 6). Continue in this way to work stockinette stitch at beginning and end of row and ripple pattern between markers, until piece measures 81⁄2 (9, 9, 10, 101⁄2, 11)" from beg, ending with Row 2. Bind off all sts


Sew shoulder seams. Place markers 7 (7, 71⁄2, 71⁄2, 8, 8)" down from shoulder seam at Front and Back. Sew sleeve between markers. Sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends.

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k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

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Pattern Average Rating: *****5.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Knit Ripple Pullover Reviewed by Annegrete Eastman on 2014-07-18 *****
I just finished this pullover and just love it. I have never done anything like this "ripple" pattern and it was easy to follow the instructions.
A. Eastman

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