Petals & Stripes
Bright and cheerful stripes are adorned with whimsical appliqué and embroidery to give this sweater a playful look. Hemline and cuff slits add a relaxed feel.
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert LH needle from front to back under horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle; knit through back of resulting loop. Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle from back to front under horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle; knit into front of resulting loop. Slip, slip, purl (ssp): Sl 2 sts 1 at a time kwise to RH needle; return sts to LH needle in turned position and p2togtbl—a left-leaning single dec.
Stripe Pat 1 (16 rows) Working in St st, work 6 rows B, 4 rows C, 2 rows B, 2 rows C, 2 rows B. Stripe Pat 2 (14 rows) Working in St st, *work 4 rows C, 2 rows B, 2 rows C, 6 rows B; rep from * for pat. Stripe Pat 3 (16 rows) Working in St st, *work 4 rows C, 2 rows B, 2 rows A, 2 rows B, 4 rows C, 2 rows B; rep from * for pat.
Pullover is worked in pieces and then sewn together, leaving side slits at the bottom of the body and sleeves.
When working stripes, for any stripe of 6 rows or fewer, carry yarn not in use loosely along the side; do not cut. Cut yarn for stripes of more than 6 rows.
Work waist and sleeve cap decreases as follows: K2, ssk at beginning of rightside rows and k2tog, k2 at end.
Work armhole decreases as follows: K1, ssk at beginning of right-side rows and k2tog, k1 at end.
Work neck decreases as follows: Ssk at beginning of right-side rows and k2tog at end; work p2tog at beginning of wrong-side rows and ssp.
Work waist and sleeve increases as follows: K2, M1R at beginning of rightside rows and M1L, k2 at end of row.
Using size 8 needles, A and provisional cast-on (see page 111), cast on 73 (79, 85, 95, 103, 113) sts.
Work 6 rows in St st, beg with a knit row.
Change to size 10 needles and B. Picot row (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end. Purl 1 row. Change to size 8 needles and A. Work 6 rows in St st. Joining row (RS): Carefully remove provisional cast-on and place sts on spare size 8 needle. Fold hem to WS at turning row. *Knit 1 st from front needle tog with 1 st from spare needle; rep from * to last st, k1. Work 5 (5,7, 7, 9, 9) rows even. Work all rows of Stripe Pat 1.