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Child's Sweater-Size 4

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Child's Pullover

Knit by Nancy Swinburnson. Shown in size 4 at a gauge of 4.5st/inch.

This pattern is for a crew neck pullover sweater with set in sleeves.

Size:
Standard 4 year old
Gauge:
4.5 st=1 inch
Finished Measurements:
Chest: 24 inches
Sleeve Length: 9 inches
Yarn:
Approximately 5.8 ounces in yarn that meets gauge. Please note that some yarns are heavier than others (cotton weighs more than wool for example and you will need more yarn).
Needles:
As appropriate to meet gauge. Use needles one or two times smaller for ribbing than for the rest of the sweater.

Instructions:

Back:
Cast on 58 sts on smaller needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2 ins.
Change to larger needles. Work even until piece measures 6 ins, excluding ribbing.
Armhole: BO 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next row (50 sts). Work even until armhole measures 5 ins.
Shoulder shaping: BO 6 sts at beginning of next 4 rows.
Place rem sts on holder.

Front:
Same as for back until armhole measures 3 ins with 50 sts remaining.
Shape neck: Work both sides at the same time. Work 18 sts. Slip the next 14 sts to a holder. With a second ball of yarn, work remaining 18 sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 6 times, until 12 sts remain.
Work even until armhole measures 5 ins.
Shoulder shaping: BO as for back.

Sleeves:
Cast on 29 sts on smaller needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 1 inch. Inc 5 sts evenly across the row to 34 sts total.
Change to larger needles. Work even until piece measures 1.5 ins, excluding ribbing.
Inc 1 st at each end of next row, then every following 9th row 3 times to 42 sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 8 ins, excluding ribbing.
Shape cap: BO 3 sts at beg of next two rows. Dec 1 st at each end of every row 3 times, then dec 1 st at each end of every 2nd row 6 times, then dec 1 st at each end of every row 3 times. BO remaining 12 sts loosely.

Finishing:
Sew left shoulder seam.
With smaller needles and right side of work facing, pick up and knit 26 sts from back neck holder, 13 sts from left front neck edge, 14 sts from front neck holder, and 13 sts from right front neck edge. Total 66 sts.
Knit 1 inch in K1P1 ribbing.
BO loosely in ribbing.
Sew side and sleeve seams.
Weave in all loose ends.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


Also see Knit A Bit, for patterns by Barbara Breiter