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Free Knitting Pattern: 'Counting Sheep' Sweater & Hat

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: kwe-countingSheepSweaterHat
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Child 4, Child 5-6, Child 7-8
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Chest 28 (30, 32) inches Length 15 (15½ inches, 16)inches Sleeve width at upper arm 15 (16, 16)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: None
 

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; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
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'Counting Sheep' Sweater & Hat

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®

GAUGE:

18 sts and 24 rows to 4 inches in St st using Size 8 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:

STITCH EXPLANATION

SEED STITCH (over any number of stitches)
Row 1 * K1, p1; rep from * .
Row 2 and all foll rows
K the purl sts and p the knit sts.

FENCE PAT I (multiple of 4 sts)
Rows 1 and 3
(RS) K1 B, k1 C, * k3 B, k1 C; rep from * , end k2 B.
Row 2
Purl across with colors as established.
Row 4
With C, purl.
Rows 5 - 7
Rep Rows 1 - 3.

FENCE PAT II (multiple of 4 sts)
Rows 1 and 3
(RS) K1 B, k1 C, * k3 B, k1 C; rep from * , end k2 B.
Row 2
Purl across with colors as established.
Row 4
With C, purl.
Rows 5 and 7
K1 A, k1 C, * k3 A, k1 C; rep from * , end k2 A.
Row 6
Purl across with colors as established.

NOTES:

When working charts, use small balls of yarn for separate areas of color. Twist yarns on WS to avoid holes.

JACKET

BACK
With smaller needles and B, cast on 60 (64, 68) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib as foll:

3 rows B, 2 rows C, 3 rows B and inc 4 sts across last row—64 (68, 72). Change to larger needles. Beg with a k row, work 20 rows in St st (k on RS, p on WS). Work 7 rows in Fence Pat I. With B, beg with a p row and work 17 rows in St st. Work 7 rows in Fence Pat II. With A, beg with a p row and work even in St st until piece measures 15 (15½, 16)" from beg, end with a WS row. Bind off 17 (18, 19) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 30 (32, 34) sts on holder.

FRONT
Cast on and rib as for back, inc 4 sts across last row. Change to larger needles and beg with a k row, work 4 rows in St st.

Beg Chart #1: Row 1 (RS) K5 (7, 9) B, place marker (pm), * work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k9 B, pm, rep from * once, work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k5 (7, 9) B. Working sheep in seed st as noted and all other sts in St st, work as established through chart Row 16. Work 7 rows of Fence Pat I. With B, purl 1 row.

Rep Chart #1: Row 1 (RS) K 15 (17, 19) B, pm, work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k9, pm, work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k 16 (18, 20) B. Work sts as before to top of chart. Work 7 rows Fence Pat II. With A, beg with a p row and work 11 (13, 15) rows in St st.

Beg Chart #2: Row 1 (RS) K5 (7, 9) A, pm, work 11 sts of Chart #2, pm,

k 32 A, pm, work 11 sts of Chart #2, pm, k5 (7, 9) A. Work sts as established through chart Row 5. With A, p 1 row.

Rep Chart #2: Row 1 K27 (29, 31) A, pm, work 11 sts of Chart #2, pm, k26 (28, 30) A. Work sts as before to top of chart. With A only, cont in St st until piece measures 13 (13½, 14)" from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Neck: Next Row (RS) K24 (25, 26), place 16 (18, 20) sts on holder, join 2nd ball of yarn and k to end. Working both sides at once, bind off from each neck edge 3 sts once, then dec 1 st each side every other row 4 times. Bind off rem sts.

SLEEVES
With smaller needles and B, cast on 34 (38, 38) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib as foll:

3 rows B, 2 rows C, 3 rows B and inc 6 sts across on last row—40 (44, 44) sts. Change to larger needles. With B, beg with a k row and work 10 rows in St st. Work 7 rows in Fence Pat II. With A, cont in in St st, AT SAME TIME, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 12 times, every 6th row twice—68 (72, 72) sts. Work even and when piece measures 12 (12½, 13)" from beg, bind off all sts.

FINISHING
Sew left shoulders tog.

Neckband With RS facing, smaller needles and A, pick up and k70 (74, 78) sts evenly around neck edge. Work 1" in k1, p1 rib. Sew right shoulders, including neckband. Place markers 7½ (8, 8)" down from shoulders on front and back. Sew straight edge of sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams. With D, work French knots or make small loops for sheep’s ears.

HAT
With smaller needles and B, cast on 80 sts. Work 7 rows in k1, p1 rib. Change to larger needles. Beg with k row, work 4 rows in St st.

Beg Chart #1: Row 1 (RS) K4 B, place marker (pm), * work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k8 B, pm; rep from * twice, work 12 sts of Chart #1, pm, k4 B. Work sheep in seed st as noted and all other sts in St st, work as established through chart Row 16. Piece measures approx 3½" from beg. Work fence pat as foll:

Row 1 (RS) * K2 B, k1 C; rep from * , end k2 B.
Row 2
Purl with colors as established.
Row 3
With C, knit.
Row 4
* P2 A, p1 C; rep from * , end p2 A.
Row 5
* K2 A, k1 C; rep from * , end k2 A. With A, p 1 row.
Beg Crown: Dec Row 1
(RS) * K9, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—73 sts.

P 1 row.
Dec Row 2
* K8, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—59 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 3
* K7, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—52 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 4
* K6, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—45 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 5
* K5, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—45 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 6
* K4, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—38 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 7
* K3, k2tog; rep from * , end k3—31 sts. P 1 row.
Dec Row 8
* K2tog; rep from * , end k1—16 sts. P 1 row. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through rem sts, pull tog tightly and sew seam


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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approx = approximately beg = begin(s)(ning)
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
foll = follow(s)(ing) inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
pat = pattern Pm = place marker
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  


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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 2 reviews)
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'Counting Sheep' Sweater & Hat Reviewed by Celia Wood on 2008-03-27 ****
I have knitted this pattern twice, once in the colourway shown and once using a different green, the original no longer being available. To make only one from the specified yarns is quite extravagant because so little is used of the secondary colours but if you make two or more it is not expensive. They are a great hit with the small 4 year olds I have made them for. I did not knit the hat but I think it looks lovely.


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