Stripes on Stripes Sweater

you can never have too many striped tops!

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Bold stripes, bright stars, brave hearts! It says it all about this pattern! Definitely not for the faint-hearted! But definitely for those looking for a big happiness kick with last stitch! and those having a lot of patience to wave-in all of those colourful yarn endings 馃檪

The design is slightly oversized, perfect for casual outfits. And is knitted with a premium yarn, a mix of alpaca and merino.

This design is knitted in the top-down techniques using stockinette stitch. First neckline and shoulders are shaped while knitting back and forth in flat. Then work is joined together to give final shape to the neckline and yoke is continued in rounds before it is divided into body and sleeves. Both sleeves and body are continued in round. Eventually sweater is completed with a neck edge using seemless technique.

size

XS/S/M ( 34/36/38 ); sweater has a slightly oversized design therefore may fit those 3 sizes.

measurements:聽

bust circumference: 104cm (41in) ; mid-back (without neckband): 58cm (23in)

yarn

Drops Nepal聽sweater is knitted on single thread, total yardage needed ~ 440g,

Colours: ~150g white (1011), ~100g goldenrod (2923), ~50g powder pink (3112), ~50g navy blue (1709), ~50g grey green (7139), ~40g raspberry rose (8910)

needles

circular needles 5 mm (US 8) with 50 & 80 cm cables; optionally double-pointed needles 5mm for sleeves knitting

other accessories

wool needle; 4 markers; 2 yarn holder (either piece of yarn or interchangeable cables)

gauge

10 cm (4 in) x 10(4 in) cm, 22 s x 15 r in stockinette stitch

Pattern

Colour change

In this patter colour change is made every 6 rounds on the right side of your work. Colours are mixed in the following order: goldenrod (2923), white (1011), powder pink (3112), navy blue (1709), grey green (7139), white (1011), raspberry rose (8910).

For the invisible colour change please聽apply this technique. It will ensure jogless stripes! Complete this approach with聽a technique for a perfect stripes while working on an increase.

TIP:聽This technique nicely waves in loose ends of yarn, that is why its is also perfect for starting with new thread, even of the same colour.

Back and Front Increase

Keep on knitting in flat while knitting聽on the right side and聽purling on the wrong side. With each row you will increase your work with 4 stitches in the following way:

Cast on聽36 stitches and聽purl聽next row.

Divid work as follows: 1 stitch (left front), marker 1, 5 stitches (left shoulder), marker 2, 24 stitches (back), marker 3, 5 stitches (right shoulder), marker4 , 1 stitch.

Row 1 || Right Side聽:聽knit聽to marker 1,聽M1R, slip marker 1, knit across left shoulder, slip marker 2, M1L, knit across back, M1R, slip marker 3, knit across right shoulder, slip marker 4, M1L , knit to the end of row

Row 2聽|| Wrong side聽:聽purl聽to marker 4,聽M1R, slip marker 4, purl across right shoulder, slip marker 3, M1L, purl across back, M1R, slip marker 2, purl across left shoulder, slip marker 1, M1L, purl to the end of row

Repeat these two steps 7 times. Total of 14 extra rows should be worked and total of 56 stitches should be added.

Shoulder Increase

You continue to work in flat聽knitting聽on the right side and purling on the wrong side. A 6-stitch increase is made in the shoulders section and in the front section every other round in the following way:

Row 1|| Right Side聽:聽k1聽(knit 1 stitch),聽M1L, knit to marker 1, slip marker 1, M1L knit across left shoulder,聽M1R, slip marker 2, knit across back, slip marker 3, M1L, knit across right shoulder, M1R, slip marker 4, knit till last stitch in the row, M1R, k1

Row 2聽|| Wrong Side聽:聽purl聽across

Repeat these two steps 7 times, Total of 14 extra rows should be worked and 42 stitches should be added.

Join your work

In this round you join your work and as of now you will continue working in round. Join your work as follows:

Joining round || Right sidek1,聽M1L, knit to marker 1, slip marker 1, M1L knit across shoulder, M1R, slip marker 2, knit across back, slip marker 3, M1L, knit across聽 shoulder, M1R, slip marker 4, knit till last stitch in the row, M1R, k1, add 6 stitches using through the back loop technique, join the work in round, continue knitting until marker 1.

Marker 1 indicates the beginning of the round now.

Knit across one more round. No extra stitches added.

Sleeves Increase

Round 1: slip marker 1,聽M1Lknit across shoulder, M1R, slip marker 2, knit across back, slip marker 3, M1L, knit across shoulder, M1R, slip marker 4, knit till end fo the round

Round聽2 :聽knit聽across

Repeat these two steps 5 times. Total of 10 extra rounds should be worked and 20 stitches should be added.

Raglan Increase

Continue knitting in round, while adding extra 8 stitches every in all the sections: shoulder/sleeves, back and front, in the following way:

Round 1: slip marker 1,聽M1L聽knit across shoulder,聽M1R, slip marker 2, k1, M1L, knit to 1 stitch before marker 3, M1R, k1, slip marker 3, M1L, knit across聽 shoulder, M1R, slip marker 4, k1, M1L, knit to 1 stitch before end of round, M1R, k1

Repeat this step total of 10 times, Total of 80 stitches should be added. Yoke increase has been completed and now the work can be divided between body and sleeves.

Split stitches between Body and Sleeves

Knit聽right side of the back until first raglan stitch including.

Place all next stitches between first and second raglan stitch on the holder.聽 聽Those will be stitches used to knit left sleeve in the later stage. Keep on knitting聽the body by add 6 stitches under the right underarm by using聽through the back loop technique.聽

Join your work, knit raglan stitch and continue聽knitting聽front of the sweater until third raglan stitch including.

Place all stitches between third and fourth raglan stitch on the holder. Those will be stitches used to knit right sleeve in the later stage. Keep on knitting the body by add 6 stitches under left underarm by using through the back loop technique.

Join your work, knit raglan stitch and continue knitting left side of back of the sweater until marker 1.

TIP:at this point you will just need marker 1. Other remaining markers will not be needed.

Body

Keep on聽knitting聽until your sweater is around 53cm long measuring in the middle of the back ( or other desirable length). And continue with knitting a ribbing.

TIP:聽if your first ribbing row is in a new colour, just knit this row in a new colour before you start working on ribbing.

Start knitting ribbing by decreasing number of stitches in the following way:

Round:聽*k2tog,聽p1聽(purl 1 stitch), *repeat across the round

Then continue for next 9 rounds as follows:

Round聽:聽k1,聽p1

And bing off using聽tubular bind off

Sleeves

Sleeves are worked in round either on circular needles or double-pointed needles using the聽magic loop technique.

TIP:聽if you used a piece of yarn to put your stitches on hold, it is the time to place them again on your needles. if you put them on interchangeable cables, then attached your needles to it.

Check technique here聽or follow steps below:

Step 1:聽Start by picking up 6 stitches that were added under the underarm. Place marker in the middle of those 6 stitches to mark begging of round.

Step 2:聽Keep on聽knitting聽until last 4 stitches before the marker.

Step 3:聽K2tog,聽k2. Slip marker, k2, k2tog.

Keep on knitting your sleeve using stockinette stitch until it is 40cm long (measuring from underarm).

TIP:聽if your first ribbing row is in a new colour, just聽knit聽this row across in new a colour before you start working on ribbing.

Start knitting ribbing by decreasing number of stitches in the following way:

Round:聽*k2tog,聽p1, *repeat across the round

Then continue for next 9 rounds as follows:

Round:聽k1,聽p1

And bind off using聽tubular bind off technique.

Repeat the same for the second sleeve.

Neck Ribbing

Pick up stitches around neck. Check the tutorial how to do it. Mark beginning of the round and continue knitting in round using the following technique:

Round:聽k1,聽p1

Repeat this round 6 more time.

And bind off using聽tubular bind off technique.

Finish off

Wave in all the loose ends.Neck Ribbing

Pick up stitches around neck. Check the tutorial how to do it. Mark beginning of the round and continue knitting using the following technique:

Round:聽k1,聽p1

Repeat this round 6 more time.

And bind off using聽tubular bind off technique.

Finish off

Wave in all the loose ends

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