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V-Neck Odd Ball Sweater Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

V-Neck Odd Ball Sweater Knitting Pattern

Use your yarn stash for this v-neck short sleeved sweater knitting pattern knit with left over yarn.

Size:
Medium
Finished chest measurement 38"

Gauge:
16 sts=4" in St st with larger needles
Sweater is knit with short lengths of yarn so you may occassionally use yarn that does not work to this exact gauge.

Materials:
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles
Size 9 US (5.5 mm) needles
Worsted weight yarn in various shades. This sweater was knit with mostly cotton in shades of cream, greens, and peaches.

Instructions

It's important you understand intarsia knitting before beginning this pattern. There is no set way to knit each row. Feel free to improvise as you knit. Knit with lengths of yarn about 3 to 12 feet. Generally, three different colors are used in every row. For row 1, knit 22 stitches with the first color, 22 stitches with the second and the remaining stitches with the third color. On each subsequent row, knit one to four additional or fewer stitches with each color. Continue in this manner until the yarn has run out. Change to a color that is different than the one you just used, trying to keep the three main color schemes fairly even spaced throughout the sweater.

Back
With smaller needles, CO 68 st. With different colors for each row, work k1, p1 ribbing 2½".
Inc 9 st evenly over last row - 77 sts.
Change to larger needles and work in St st over pattern for 13" or to desired length.
BO 4 st beg next 2 rows - 69 sts.
Dec 1 st each end every other row 4 times - 61 sts.
Work armhole 9".
BO 8 st beg next 4 rows. Place rem st on holder.

Front
Work same as Back until armhole reaches 4".
Work 34 st, place 1 st on holder, place 34 st on holder to be worked later.
At neck edge, dec 1 st every other row 13 times.
Work armhole 9".
BO 8 st, work back, BO rem st.
Place 34 st from holder back on needle and work in same manner.

Sleeves
With smaller needles, CO 44 st. With different colors for each row, work k1, p1 ribbing 1½".
Inc 8 st evenly over last row - 52 sts.
Change to larger needles and work in St st over pattern.
Inc 1 st each end every 4th row 4 times - 60 sts.
Work even until 6½" or desired length.
BO 4 st beg next 2 rows - 52 sts.
Dec 1 st each end every other row 16 times.
BO 20 st.

V-Neck Band
Seam right shoulder
With smaller needles, knit stitches from holder. Pick up stitches along neckline until reaching the st on the holder, place marker, knit that stitch, place marker, then continue picking up stitches along other side of neckline. Please see Picking Up Stitches For Necklines And Armholes for more information. With different colors for each row, work in k1, p1 ribbing for 1", decreasing 1 st on each side of marker. BO.

Finishing
Seam other shoulder. Sew in sleeves. Seam sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends on WS.

©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