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Home : Patterns : Top Down Pullover
 

Free Knitting Pattern: Top Down Pullover

Lion Brand« Superwash Merino Cashmere
Pattern #: L0580
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SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced (Level 5)

SIZE:

S (M/L, 1X/2X)
Finished Bust 35 (43, 51) in. (89 (109, 129.5) cm)
Finished Length 26 1/2 (28, 29 1/2) in. (67.5 (71, 75) 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.



CORRECTIONS: (applied Jan 3, 2014)
Schematic corrected.
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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Color (A)
Superwash Merino Cashmere

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Superwash Merino Cashmere
Blossom Seafoam Slate Ebony Green Tea Wine
*Superwash Merino Cashmere (Article #821). 72% Superwash Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 13% Cashmere    ; package size: 1.40oz/40.00 gr. (87yds/80m) pull skeins

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MATERIALS
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QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  821-172 Superwash Merino Cashmere Yarn: Green Tea
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$ 104.39 15, 19 
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 7   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 6 (4 mm), 16 in. (40.5 cm) long
Circular knitting needle size 6 (4 mm), 29 in. (73.5 cm) long
Circular knitting needle size 7 (4.5 mm), 29 in. (73.5 cm) long
 

Top Down Pullover

Lion Brand« Superwash Merino Cashmere

GAUGE:

18 sts + 26 rnds = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd), using larger 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

STITCH EXPLANATION:

kfb (knit into front and then back) An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - you have increased 1 st.
pfb (purl into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Purl the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Purl the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - you have increased 1 st.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog - 1 st decreased.

PATTERN STITCH
K1, p1 Rib worked in the rnd (multiple of 2 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K1, p1; rep from * to around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K1, p1 Rib worked in the rnd.

NOTES:

1. Pullover is worked in one piece from neck down. A smaller circular needle is used for the neck and yoke (upper portion of the Pullover) to create a slightly firmer knit fabric.
2. At the underarms, sts are placed on holders for sleeves, then the body is continued in one piece.
3. When body has been completed, sts are picked up for the sleeves, then sleeves are worked in the rnd down to lower edge. Sleeves are designed to end a few inches (cm's) above wrist. If desired, continue in St st to make longer Sleeves.
4. The lower edges are designed to roll softly.
5. The stitch pattern in yoke has been modified for larger sizes, and will vary slightly from the photograph.



YOKE
With shorter size 6 (4 mm) circular needle, cast on 108 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K1, p1 Rib worked in the rnd until piece measures 4 in. (10 cm) from beg.
When sts have been sufficiently increased, change to longer size 6 (4 mm) circular needle.

Size S ONLY
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd):
*K1, p1, k1, pfb; rep from * around - 135 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 12 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, pfb, k1, p2; rep from * around - 162 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 12 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p2, k1, p1, pfb; rep from * around - 189 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 12 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p1, pfb, k1, p3; rep from * around - 216 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Rep last rnd until piece measures 12 in. (30.5 cm) from beg.

Size M/L ONLY
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd):
*K1, pfb, k1, pfb, k1, p1; rep from * around - 144 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 13 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p1, pfb, k1, p2, k1, pfb; rep from * around - 180 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 14 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p3, k1, p1, pfb, k1, p1, pfb; rep from * around - 216 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 14 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p3, (k1, p2, pfb) twice; rep from * around - 252 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Rep last rnd until piece measures 13 in. (33 cm) from beg.

Size 1X/2X ONLY
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd):
*(K1, pfb) 5 times, k1, p1; rep from * around - 153 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 15 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p2, (k1, p1, pfb) 4 times, k1, pfb; rep from * around - 198 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 15 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p1, pfb, k1, p3, (k1, p2, pfb) 3 times, k1, p1, pfb; rep from * around - 243 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 15 Rnds: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Next Rnd (Increase Rnd): *K1, p2, pfb, k1, p2, pfb, k1, p4, (k1, p3, pfb) 2 times, k1, p2, pfb; rep from * around - 288 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: Knit the k sts and purl the p sts around.
Rep last rnd until piece measures 14 in. (35.5 cm) from beg.

BODY
All Sizes
Divide for Body and Sleeves

Change to size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle.
Next Rnd: K63 (79, 93) for front, sl 45 (47, 51) sts to st holder for sleeve, cast on 16 (18, 22) sts for underarm, k63 (79, 93) for back, sl next 45 (47, 51) sts to holder for sleeve, cast on 16 (18, 22) sts for underarm - 158 (194, 228) sts.
Working over these 158 (194, 228) body sts only, work even in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd) until piece measures 14 1/2 (15, 15 1/2) in. (37 (38, 39.5) cm) from divide. Bind off.

SLEEVES (make 2)
Note:
Sleeves are designed to end a few inches (cm's) above wrist.
Set Up Rnd: From right side with double pointed needles, cast on 8 (9, 11) sts, k45 (47, 51) sleeve sts from holder, cast on 8 (9, 11) sts - 61 (65, 73) sts. Place marker for beg of rnd and join for knitting in the rnd.
Work in St st worked in the rnd for 9 rnds.
Decrease Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 59 (63, 71) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rep last 10 rnds 7 (8, 9) times - 45 (47, 53) sts remain. Work even in St st until sleeve measures 14 1/2 (15, 15 1/2) in. (37 (38, 39.5) cm) from underarm or to desired length.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Graft underarm sts of sleeves and body as follows:
Grafting
Holding the 2 needles parallel with wrong sides of fabric together, thread a blunt needle with yarn end and work as follows: Insert needle as if to purl into the first stitch on front piece. Insert needle as if to knit into the first stitch on the back piece. Then follow steps 1-4 below.
1) Insert needle as if to knit through the first st on the front needle and let the st drop from the needle.
2) Insert needle into the second st on the front needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle.
3) Insert needle into the first st on the back needle as if to purl and let the st drop from the needle, then 4) Insert needle as if to knit through the second st on the back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle. Rep 1-4 until all sts have been grafted. When finished, adjust tension as necessary.

Weave in ends.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sl = slip St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together


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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Top Down Pullover Reviewed by Nicky on 2013-02-25 *****
I have made this sweater using the "Amazing" yarn, and it looks quite amazing! I also decided to do some ribbing at the sleeve edges and the base of the body to give it a more finished look. This could quite well be my favorite sweater.


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