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Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Boat Neck Sweater

Lion Brand® Microspun
Pattern #: 971
The boat neckline and side vents are designer details that flatter every figure. Super soft Microspun and generous sizing mean its as comfortable as it is beautiful.
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner + (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X
Finished Chest Measurement: 40 (43, 46, 49, 53, 57) in..
Finished Length: 25 (26, 26, 27, 27, 27) in..
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.


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This stylish boatneck tunic will be a staple in your wardrobe all year around.
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 910-144: Microspun Yarn: Lilac
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Sorry, product is discontinued; no colors are available.
*Microspun (Article #910). 100% Micro-Fiber Acrylic; package size: 2.50oz/70.00 gr. (168yds/154m) pull skeins

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•  910-144 Microspun Yarn: Lilac
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 5 [3.75 mm]   $ 2.70  
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One pair knitting needles each in sizes 3 U.S

Knitted Boat Neck Sweater

Lion Brand® Microspun


19 sts and 24 rows = 4in. [10 cm.] in St st on size 5 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.

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Seed St (worked on an odd number of sts): Row 1: *K 1, p 1; rep from * across to last st, k 1. Rep this row for seed st.

With size 3 needles, cast on 97 (103, 111, 117, 125, 133) sts. Work in seed st for 2 (2, 2, 2˝, 2˝, 2˝)in.. Change to size 5 needles and St st (K on RS, P on WS). Work until piece measures 16 (17, 17, 17, 17, 17)in. from beg.

Shape armholes: Bind off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows - 87 (93, 101, 105, 113, 121) sts. Work even until armholes measure 8 (8, 8, 9, 9, 9)in.

Shape neck:
Next Row (RS):
K 24 (27, 31, 31, 35, 39) sts, join another ball of yarn and bind off center 39 (39, 39, 43, 43, 43) sts, k rem 24 (27, 31, 31, 35, 39) sts. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every RS row twice. Work 1 row even or until piece measures 25 (26, 26, 27, 27, 27) in. from beg. Bind off rem 22 (25, 29, 29, 33, 37) sts on each shoulder.

Work same as Back until armholes measure 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) in..

Shape neck:
Next Row (RS):

K 32 (35, 39, 39, 43, 47) sts, place center 23 (23, 23, 27, 27, 27) sts on a holder, join another ball of yarn, k rem 32 (35, 39, 39, 43, 47) sts. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, bind off 3 sts at each neck edge once, then 2 sts at same edge every other row twice. Dec 1 st at each neck edge on next 3 RS rows. Work even until piece measures same as Back to shoulders. Bind off rem 22 (25, 29, 29, 33, 37) sts on each shoulder.

With size 3 needles, cast on 43 (43, 43, 49, 49, 49) sts. Work in seed st for 2 in.. Change to size 5 needles and St st. Inc 1 st each end every 4th row 22 (22, 22, 23, 23, 23) times – 87 (87, 87, 95, 95, 95) sts. Work even until Sleeve measures 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18)in. from beg or desired length to underarm. Mark last row. Work even in St st for 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8) rows more. Bind off.

Sew right shoulder seam.

Neckband: With RS facing and size 3 needles, pick up and k approx 89 (89, 89, 97, 97, 97) sts around neck edge. Work in seed st for 1˝in.. Bind off loosely. Sew left shoulder/neckband seam. Place bound-off edge of Sleeve between armhole shaping and sew in place. Sew side and Sleeve seams leaving 2˝in. of seed st open at lower edge for slits, if desired.

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approx = approximately beg = begin(s)(ning)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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