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Free Knitting Pattern: Mix-It-Up Sweater

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Lion Brand® Lion® Bouclé - Color Waves - Homespun® - Watercolors
Pattern #: 40021
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 6 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

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

Sizes S (M, L, 1X, 2X) Finished chest 38 (42, 46, 50, 54) inches uses Lion Boucle #208 Parfait, Color Waves #398 Pebble Beach, Watercolors #347 Purple Haze and #339 Sunset Rose and Homespun #369 Florida Keys Green, #362 Quartz and #371 Boston Rose.


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: None
 
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You'll never tire of knitting (or wearing) this knockout pullover. One side is stitched top to bottom, the other side to side in an artful combination of yarns; details like garter ridges and fringed flap pockets keep things interesting. Looks fabulous on any figure!

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Color (A)
Lion® Bouclé

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Discontinued - click here for possible substitutions

Color (B)
Color Waves

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Color (C)
Homespun®

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Color (D)
Homespun®

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Color (E)
Homespun®

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Color (F)
Watercolors

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To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Homespun®
Hepplewhite Shaker Colonial Deco Rococo Edwardian Tudor Sierra
Regency Baroque Waterfall Gothic Prairie Barrington Nouveau Windsor
Corinthian Mediterranean Delft Quartz Montana Sky Black Candy Apple Harvest
Olive Barley Grape Cream Golden Meadow Fiesta Plum
Apple Green Lagoon Parfait Ocean Painted Desert Wild Fire Bourbon Herb Garden
Mixed Berries Pearls Marble Amethyst Pesto Coral Reef Great Plains Ambrosia
Tumbleweed Vintage Purple Haze Wisteria Mimosa Seafoam Spice Tulips
Cherry Blossom Abalone Clouds Desert Mountain Blue Moon Barks Forest Sand Dune
Watercolors
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
Color Waves
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
Lion® Bouclé
Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Lion® Boucle (Article #930). 79% Acrylic, 20% mohair, 1% nylon; package size: 2.50oz/70.00 gr. (57yds/52m) pull skeins
*Color Waves (Article #940). 83% Acrylic/17% Polyester; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (125yds/118m) pull skeins
*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins
*Watercolors (Article #980). 65% Acrylic, 35% merino wool; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (55yds/50m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  930-208 Lion Boucle Yarn: Parfait
   balls
$ 19.96
Discontinued, sorry!
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•  940-398 Color Waves Yarn: Pebble Beach
   balls
$ 11.98
Discontinued, sorry!
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•  790-369 Homespun Yarn: Florida Keys Green
   ball
$ 7.49
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•  790-362 Homespun Yarn: Quartz
   ball
$ 7.49
•  790-371 Homespun Yarn: Boston Rose
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$ 6.99
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•  980-347 Watercolors Yarn: Purple Haze
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$ 2.99
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Mix-It-Up Sweater

Lion Brand® Lion® Bouclé - Color Waves - Homespun® - Watercolors

GAUGE:

12 sts + 16 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

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

STITCH EXPLANATION:

Stripe Pattern
Sweater is worked in random stripes of any color or yarn, except Bouclé. Work in stripe pattern of choice (for example: 6 rows Homespun, 3 rows Color Waves, 8 rows Watercolors...). Insert Bouclé “mini-stripes” as follows: at random places on RS rows, drop yarn and work a random number of stitches in bouclé, turn work, knit back to starting point, cut Bouclé, turn and continue in previous yarn.

NOTES:

Sweater is designed to be knit with a creative mixture of yarns. Work swatch with a few rows of each color to determine what size needle to use to get closest to gauge.

Editor’s Note: When creating fringe using Homespun please note that because of the texture of the yarn the fringe will fray when cut. If you prefer a non-frayed look you can knot the ends, knit or crochet a fringe, or use hairspray or fray check.


RIGHT FRONT, BACK AND RIGHT SLEEVE


With longer needle and any yarn except Bouclé, cast on 39 (42, 47, 50, 54) sts. Work in random stripe pattern for 13 (13, 13, 13, 14)”, ending with a RS row.
Shape Sleeve: Continuing in stripe pattern, cast on 12 sts at beg of next row, then cast on 6 sts at beg of every other row 8 times – 99 (102, 107, 110, 114) sts. Work even in stripe pattern until Front measures 19 (19, 20, 20, 21)”, ending with a WS row.
Shape Neck (RS): Bind off 21 (21, 24, 24, 27) sts, work to end of row – 78 (81, 83, 86, 87) sts. Continue in pattern until neck edge measures 4”, ending with a WS row. Cast on 21 (21, 24, 24, 27) sts at beg of next row and continue on these 99 (102, 107, 110, 114) sts until lower edge of Sleeve measures 9 (9, 10, 10, 10)", ending with a RS row.
Shape Sleeve: Bind off 6 sts at beg of next and every following WS row 8 times, then bind off 12 sts next WS row – 39 (42, 47, 50, 54) sts. Work even in stripe pattern for 13 (13, 13, 13, 14) inches. Bind off loosely.


LEFT FRONT, BACK AND LEFT SLEEVE


With RS facing, longer needle and bouclé, starting at lower Right Front edge, pick up and knit 57 (57, 60, 60, 63) sts evenly along Front edge, then cast on 12 sts; starting at upper Back edge, pick up and knit 63 (63, 66, 66, 69) sts evenly along Back edge – 132 (132, 138, 138, 144) sts. Knit one row in Bouclé. Work even in stripe pattern until Left Front measures 6 (7, 7½, 8½ , 9)” from pick-up row, ending with a WS row.
Shape Sleeve: Bind off 39 (39, 39, 39, 42) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 54 (54, 60, 60, 60) sts. Work even until Left Sleeve measures 4”, ending with a WS row. Continue in stripe pattern, dec 1 st at each edge next and every following 4th row 14 (14, 15, 15, 15) times total – 26 (26, 30, 30, 30) sts. Work even until Left Sleeve measures 20”. Bind off loosely.


FINISHING


With RS facing, shorter needle and Bouclé, pick up and knit 58 (58, 62, 62, 66) sts evenly around neck opening. Join and work 4 rnds Garter st (p 1 rnd, k 1 rnd). Bind off in purl. With RS facing, shorter needle and Boucle, pick up and knit 26 (26, 30, 30, 30) sts along edge of Sleeve. Knit 4 rows. Bind off. Sew side and Sleeve seams. With RS facing, longer needle and boucle, pick up one st in each stitch at lower edge of sweater. Work as for neck opening.

POCKET


With yarn of choice, cast on 16 sts. Work 6” in garter st (k every row). Bind off. With another yarn, pick up and knit 16 sts along one side of pocket. Knit 2 rows. Continue in garter st, bind off 1 st at beg of every row until 1 st remains. Fasten off. Sew Pocket onto Right Front. Make 3 tassels out of yarn of choice and sew to lower edges of Front and Back and on Pocket.


TASSEL


Wrap yarn around piece of cardboard the length you want Tassel to be; the more times you wrap, the fuller your Tassel will be. Cut a piece of yarn 18” long and thread doubled onto large-eyed, blunt needle. Insert needle under all strands at upper edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot securely near strands. Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Cut a piece of yarn 12” long and wrap tightly around loops a little below top knot to form Tassel neck. Knot securely; thread ends onto needle and weave ends to center of Tassel. Trim Tassel ends evenly.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side


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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 6 reviews)
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Mix-It-Up Sweater Reviewed by Rose Fraden on 2013-12-20 *****
Every time I have worn this sweater I have received compliments. I added a cowl collar and deleted the tassel.
Rose in San Francisco


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