Sunday, August 15, 2010

Knitting Keeps Me From Unraveling

 William Shakespeare

This pattern is a quick fun way to get rid of scraps of sock yarn.  And, they're awfully cute, too.

Mini Sweaters

Fingerling weight yarn & double-pointed needles size 1 or 2 – a specific gauge is not needed since these are a decorative ornament.

Basic Pattern Directions

Cast on 30 stitches. Divide stitches between three needles with 10 stitches on each needle.
Round 1 & 2: * K1, P1, repeat to end of round.
Round 3: K2, Place Marker (PM), K10 (front), PM, K5 (sleeve), PM, K10 (back), PM, K3.

You should have 5 stitches between the markers for the sleeves, and 10 stitches between the markers for the front and for the back.

Raglan Increases
Round 1: *K to 1 stitches before marker, K1F&B, Slip markers, K1F& B, repeat 4 times to finish round.
Round 2: K all stitches.
Repeat the raglan increases 5 times (including the first time) until there are 15 stitches between the sleeve markers, and 20 stitches for the front.

On the next round, K to the first marker, remove marker and slip sleeve stitches on to waste yarn or a spare needle. Remove the second marker, then knit the back stitches. Remove the 3rd marker and place sleeve stitches on waste yarn, then keep 4th marker in place to mark the beginning of your round from here on. Redistribute the body stitches on the three needles.

If desired, begin two-strand pattern (see below). Knit the body stitches until the body measures 1 inch from the underarm.
Knit 2 rounds of *K1, P1, ribbing.
Bind off all body stitches.

Pick up sleeve stitches from waste yarn on to three needles, and pick up 2 stitches from under arm area. (17 stitches total) The round begins at the under arm point.
Round 1: Knit all stitches.
Round 2: K2tog, K remaining stitches.
Repeat these two rounds until only 12 stitches remain and arm measures roughly 1" from underarm.
Knit 2 rounds of *K1, P1, ribbing.
Bind off all body stitches.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Weave in all ends except the initial cast-on tail. Bring the tail across the neck of the
sweater and tie on the other side, leaving a loop which can be put over the branch of
the tree to hang. Weave in any remaining end.

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