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Little Knits

This pullover is fitted in both the body and the sleeves. The smocking stitch bottom creates a body hugging design. Stockinette stitch on top gives ease where women need it most. The neckline is a simple crocheted edging intended not to distract from the body of the sweater.

Don’t be afraid when the size looks small on the needles. Blocking will stretch and improve the look of the smocking stitch pattern.

The wool and cotton blend is delicious to work with and even softer when washed. It makes a garment that is wearable most of the year. Add a fitted tank underneath and wear it even longer.

model: Jill Bigelow-Suttell photos: Gordy Suttell

SIZE

XS[S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL]
To fit bust 30[34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches

 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 33[37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57] inches
Length: 19.5[19.5, 20.5, 22, 22.5, 23.5, 24.5] inches.

 
MATERIALS
Schulana Merino Cotton 90 (53% virgin wool, 47% cotton; 98yd/90m per 50g ball); Color: #10; 10[11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20] balls

1 set US #8/5mm needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Crochet hook, approx. size H/8 / 5mm

 
GAUGE
18 sts / 22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
24 sts / 26 rows = 4 inches in smocking pattern
PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

Smocking Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 8 sts + 2)
Set-up Row [RS]: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
Rows 1 & 3 [WS]: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [RS]: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 4 [RS]: P2, [insert right needle, from front to back, between 6th and 7th sts on left needle, wrap working yarn around right needle and pull loop through to front of work, place loop on left needle; k loop together with next st on left needle, k1, p2, k2, p2] to end.
Rows 5 & 7 [WS]: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6 [RS]: [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 8 [RS]: P2, k2, p2, [insert right needle, from front to back, between 6th and 7th sts on left needle, wrap working yarn around right needle and pull loop through to front of work, place loop on left needle; k loop together with next st on left needle, k1, p2, k2, p2] to last 4 sts, k2, p2.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for Smocking Pattern.

Notes about working Short Rows
Wrap & Turn [W&T]
To wrap and turn on a RS row, knit to point specified in pattern, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip next stitch to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this stitch to back of work, slip stitch back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin purling back in the other direction.

To wrap and turn on a WS row, purl to point specified in pattern, bring yarn to back of work between needles, slip next stitch to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this stitch to front of work, slip stitch back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin knitting back in the other direction.

Working Wraps Together with Wrapped Stitches:
When working rows which follow short rows, work the "wraps" at the turning points of the short rows, together with the stitches they wrap, as follows:

When working a RS row: Knit to wrapped stitch. Slip next stitch from left needle to right needle, use tip of left needle to pick up "wrap" and place it on right needle, insert left needle into both wrap and stitch, and knit them together.

When working a WS row: Purl to wrapped stitch. Slip next stitch from left needle to right needle, use tip of left needle to pick up "wrap" and place it on right needle, slip both wrap and stitch back to left needle, purl together through back loops.

Three-Needle Bind Off
Hold both pieces of knitting with right sides together.
*Insert needle into first st on front needle and first st on back needle, and knit them together. Repeat this for the next st on the front and back needles. Draw the first st worked over the second st.*

Repeat from * to * until all sts have been bound off. Break yarn and draw through remaining st.

Crochet
Instructions for Single Crochet can be found here.

DIRECTIONS

Back

*CO 90[98, 114, 130, 138, 154, 170] sts.

Work Set-up Row of Smocking Pattern, work Rows 1-8 seven times, then Rows 1-4 once.
Work measures approx. 10 inches.

Next Row [WS]: P7[6, 6, 12, 1, 8, 2], p2tog, [p3[4, 3, 2, 3, 2, 2], p2tog] 15[14, 20, 26, 27, 34, 41] times, p6[6, 6, 12, 0, 8, 2]. 74[83, 93, 103, 110, 119, 128] sts.

Cont in stockinette st until work measures 11.5[11.5, 12, 12.5, 12.5, 13, 13.5] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes:

BO 4[6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 12] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 66[71, 79, 85, 92, 99, 104] sts.

Next Row [RS]: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

P 1 row.

Repeat these 2 rows 3[4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] times more. 58[61, 65, 69, 74, 79, 82] sts.*

Cont in stockinette st until armhole measures 7[7, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10] inches (work measures 18.5[18.5, 19.5, 21, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5] inches), ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders
Note: See "Notes about working Short Rows", in Pattern Notes above.

Row 1 [RS]: K to last 5[6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, w&t.
Row 2 [WS]: P to last 5[6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, w&t.
Row 3 [RS]: K11[11, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15], BO 26[27, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36] sts, k5[5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7] (there are 6[6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] sts on right needle after bound off sts), w&t.

The left shoulder will be completed, then the yarn will be rejoined to the right shoulder.
Row 4
[WS]: P6[6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8].
Row 5 [RS]: K1, ssk, k to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts. Place 15[16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22] sts just worked on st holder, and break yarn, leaving an 18-inch tail (to be used for working Three-Needle Bind Off).

Rejoin yarn to sts of right shoulder with WS facing.
Next Row [WS]: P6[6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8], w&t.
Next Row [RS]: K3[3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5], k2tog, k1.
Next Row [WS]: P to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts. Place all sts on st holder and break yarn, leaving an 18-inch tail.

Front
Work from * to * as for Back.

Cont in stockinette st until armhole measures 4[4, 4.5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7] inches (work measures 15.5[15.5, 16.5, 18, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neckline
Next Row [RS]: K24[26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35], place these sts on hold on st holder, BO 10[9, 11, 11, 12, 13, 12] sts, k to end. 24[26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35] sts on needle.

P 1 row.
Next Row [RS]: BO 2 sts, k to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 1[1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2] times more. 20[22, 23, 25, 25, 27, 29] sts.

Note: Read ahead! Neckline and shoulder shaping are worked at the same time.

P 1 row.
Next Row [RS]: K1, ssk, k to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 4[5, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6] times more. 15[16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22] sts.
AT THE SAME TIME
: When front measures same as back to beginning of short-row shoulder shaping (should be after 5th decrease row of neck shaping above), work shoulder shaping as follows:
Row 1 [RS]: K to last 5[6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, w&t.
Row 2 [WS]: P to end.
Row 3 [RS]: K to last 10[11, 12, 12, 13, 15, 15] sts, w&t.
Row 4 [WS]: P to end.
Row 5 [RS]: K to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts. Place all sts on st holder and break yarn.

Replace held sts of left shoulder on needle with RS facing and rejoin yarn.
K 1 row.
Next Row [WS]: BO 2 sts, p to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 1[1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2] times more. 20[22, 23, 25, 25, 27, 29] sts.

Note: Read ahead! Neckline and shoulder shaping are worked at the same time.

Next Row [RS]: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 4[5, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6] times more. 15[16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22] sts.
AT THE SAME TIME: When front measures same as back to beginning of short-row shoulder shaping (should be after 5th decrease row of neck shaping above), work shoulder shaping as follows:
Row 1 [WS]: P to last 5[6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] sts, w&t.
Row 2 [RS]: K to end.
Row 3 [WS]: P to last 10[11, 12, 12, 13, 15, 15] sts, w&t.
Row 4 [RS]: K to end.
Row 5 [WS]: P to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts. Place all sts on st holder.

Sleeves [Make 2]
CO 42[42, 50, 50, 58, 66, 74] sts.

Work Set-up Row, then Rows 1-7 of Smocking Pattern.

Increase Row [RS]: P2, m1, work next row of patt to last 2 sts, m1, p2.
Work 5 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 6 rows 8 times more, working increased sts into pattern, then work Increase Row once more. 62[62, 70, 70, 78, 86, 94] sts. Row 6 of pattern has just been worked.

Work Rows 7 and 8 of pattern. Work measures approx. 11 inches.

Next Row [WS]: P2[2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1], p2tog, [p6[6, 5, 5, 8, 7, 8], p2tog] 7[7, 9, 9, 7, 9, 9] times, p2[2, 2, 2, 3, 1, 1]. 54[54, 60, 60, 70, 76, 84] sts.

Sizes XS, S, M, and L Only:
Row 1 [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Rows 2 & 3: Work in stockinette st.
Row 4 [WS]: P1, m1, p to last st, m1, p1.
Rows 5 & 6: Work in stockinette st.
Work these 6 rows 3[3, 3, 4, -, -, -] times more, then work Rows 1-3 1[1, 0, 1, -, -, -] times more. 72[72, 76, 82, -, -, -] sts.

Size 3XL Only:
Work 20 rows in stockinette st before proceeding.

Sizes XL, 2XL, 3XL Only:
Next Row [RS]: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1.
Work -[-, -, -, 5, 7, 23] rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these -[-, -, -, 6, 8, 24] rows -[-, -, -, 5, 4, 0] times more. -[-, -, -, 82, 86, 86] sts.

All Sizes:
Cont in stockinette st until work measures 17[17, 17.5, 17.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19] inches, ending with a WS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap
BO 4[6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 12] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 64[60, 62, 64, 64, 66, 62] sts.

Size 3XL Only:
Next Row [RS]: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Work 3 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 4 rows twice more. 56 sts.

All Sizes:
Next Row [RS]: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 5[7, 6, 10, 12, 14, 9] times more. 52[44, 48, 42, 38, 36, 36] sts.

Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL Only:
Next Row [RS]: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next Row [WS]: P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1.
Repeat these 2 rows 4[2, 3, 1, 0, -, -] times more. 32[32, 32, 34, 34, -, -] sts.

All Sizes:
BO 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows.
BO remaining 24[24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28] sts.

FINISHING

Join shoulder seams using Three-Needle Bind Off.
Sew sleeves into armholes. Sew sleeve seams and side seams.
Work 1 row single crochet around neckline edge.
Weave in all ends. Block as desired.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Jill lives in Ohio and works in Pennsylvania; where she is Co-owner of Kindred Spirits Yarn Studio.

See her other designs at ksyarnstudio.com