Drape yourself in the colors of an ocean sunrise with this lace-weight, gradient wrap sweater
28 sts and 46 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter st. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Knit in front, back and front (kfbf): Knit in front, back, and then front again of next st—2 sts inc. Make 1 Purl (M1P): Insert LH needle from back to front under horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle; purl through back of resulting loop.
Garment fabric is worked on the diagonal. A garter stitch triangle is worked for each of the Right and Left Fronts. These pieces are joined and the Back is worked between them to form 1 flat Body piece.
Steeks for armholes are incorporated into the main fabric, then are cut open to create armholes.
Sleeve stitches are picked up around edge of armhole and are worked in the round down to the cuff.
Sleeves are longer than traditional set-in sleeves because the Sleeve incorporates the shoulder shaping.
Each ball of yarn has 6 distinct colors (gradients). To align color stripes, start new pieces at the beginning of a new color in the yarn. For the Left Front, start working with the same color as used for the Right Front so that stripes across the Front of the sweater will be aligned. Do likewise for Sleeves. Some yarn will have to be cut and discarded, but this has been accounted for in the yardage. When looking for a ball with a good color match, examine both ends of the yarn (the outer cut end and the inner cut end) to see if they are a close match to the ball(s) used for the section to be matched. This will help minimize wasted yarn.
After the Left and Right Fronts are joined and the stitch count is doubled, a 2nd ball of yarn is added in order to maintain the same width of the color bands. The 2nd ball is removed after the armhole steeks are complete and the stitch count has been reduced by approximately half.
To mark the center stitch of the Body without using a stitch marker (which would have to be moved every row), run a strand of waste yarn up the piece to the right of the center stitch. Weave it in and out of the fabric by flipping it back and forth from the right and wrong sides every few rows.
When casting on, use knit cast-on (see page 80).
Left Front Using shorter needle, cast on 1 st. Row 1 (RS): Kfbf—3 sts. Row 2: Cast on 1 st; knit into the caston st, k1-tbl, knit to end—1 st inc. Mark RS of fabric. Rep Row 2 until you have completed 202 (216, 226, 236, 244) rows, ending with a WS row—204 (218, 228, 238, 246) sts.
Leave sts on needle and set aside. Cut yarn. Right Front Using 2nd shorter needle, work as for Left Front; do not cut yarn. Back Joining row (RS): Using longer needle, knit across Right Front, cast on 1 st (center st), knit across Left Front sts— 409 (437, 457, 477, 493) sts. Knit 1 row, marking center st. Add 2nd ball of yarn, matching color sequence to that of first ball of yarn. Alternate balls 1 and 2 every 2 rows throughout, carrying non-working yarn loosely along edge. Row 1 (RS): K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to 1 st before center st, sk2p, knit to end—3 sts dec. Row 2: K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to end—1 st dec.
Rep [Rows 1 and 2] 28 (25, 22, 21, 18) times—293 (333, 365, 389, 417) sts. Set Up Armhole Steeks Row 1 (RS): K1-tbl, k2tog, k67 (77, 81, 95, 105), bind off 14 sts for underarm, knit to 1 st before center st, sk2p, knit to last 81 (91, 95, 109, 119) sts, bind off 14 sts, knit to end—262 (302, 334, 358, 386) sts. Row 2: K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to first bindoff, pm, cast on 14 sts for steek, pm, knit to 2nd bind-off, pm, cast on 14 sts for steek, pm, knit to end—289 (329, 361, 385, 413) sts. Continue Body & Work Steeks Row 1: K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to 1 st before center st, sk2p, knit to end—3 sts dec.
Row 2: K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to first steek marker, p14 steek sts, knit to next steek marker, p14 steek sts, knit to end—1 st dec.
Rep [last 2 rows] 24 (27, 30, 33, 38) times—189 (217, 237, 249, 257) sts. Complete Armhole Steeks Row 1 (RS): Removing steek markers when you come to them, k1-tbl, knit to first steek marker, bind off 14 steek sts, knit to 1 st before center st, sk2p, knit to next steek marker, bind off 14 sts, knit to end—186 (214, 234, 246, 254) sts. Row 2: K1-tbl, k2tog, knit to first bindoff, cast on 14 sts, knit to 2nd bind-off, cast on 14 sts, knit to end—185 (213, 233, 245, 253) sts.
Remove a ball of yarn, and continue with just 1 ball.
Continue as established, dec 1 st at beg of each row and 2 sts at center on RS rows until 7 sts rem. Next row: K2, sk2p, k2—5 sts. Next row: K1, sk2p, k1—3 sts. Next row: Sk2p—1 st.
Fasten off. Right Armhole Steek & Sleeve Note: Steek columns may be sewn on a sewing machine, but this will produce a facing with less stretch. With RS facing, locate next-to-last (2nd from right) column of sts at bottom of cast-on edge of steek. Slip-St Column: Using crochet hook attach yarn, then pull working end of yarn up through the center of the st on first row. *Insert hook through the center of the next st in column, then pick up working yarn and draw it through center of the st and then through first loop. Rep from * until reaching bound-off edge of the steek. Cut and tie off securely.
Make additional slip-st columns on 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th columns of steek sts, counting from right.
Cut steek vertically between 7th and 8th sts (counting from right).
Fold right flap of steek sts in half lengthwise, then fold over again at the edge of the sleeve opening to form a facing on the WS of work. Sew first folded edge to the inside edge of sleeve about 1/2 inch from the folded edge. Tuck ends of the slip-st column yarns into facing. Sew cast-on and bound-off edges to inside of body.
Rep for left flap of steek. Right Sleeve With RS facing, using dpns and beg at center bottom of armhole, pick up and knit 7 sts along bound-off edge, 1 st in corner, 1 st between each ridge of vertical edge, 1 st in corner, 14 sts across cast-on edge, 1 st in corner, 1 st between each ridge vertical selvage edge, 1 st in corner and 7 sts along bound-off edge. Pm for beg of rnd.
Count sts and record. Rnd 1: Purl, making evenly spaced incs (using M1P) or decs (using p2tog), around armhole opening as necessary to adjust st count to 86 (92, 98, 108, 120) sts. Rnd 2: Knit. Rnd 3: Purl.
Rep [Rnds 2 and 3] until sleeve measures 31/2 inches, ending with a purl rnd. Dec rnd: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, skp, k1—84 (90, 96, 106, 118) sts.
Rep Dec rnd [every 28 rnds (14 ridges)] 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) more times— 72 (76, 82, 90, 102) sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 221/4 (233/4, 233/4, 241/4, 241/4) inches.
Using a double strand of yarn, bind off loosely. Left Armhole Steek & Sleeve Work same as Right Armhole Steek & Sleeve.
Weave in ends and block to measurements.