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« on: September 26, 2007 01:23:49 PM »

...or at least that's what i'm calling it!  i knit this up for a coworker who loved her old GAP sweater, which was slowly dying (you know, getting faded and ratty).  she's allergic to wool which gave me the excuse to knit with 5 skeins of blue sky cotton...  yumm!  it is so soft and cozy i think i'm going to have to knit another for myself.  i'm really pleased with how it came out - all the math worked like magic!  i was a little nervous with all the ribbing!

anyway, hope 'yall like.  simple and comfy.

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okay, so here's the pattern for a size small (34" bust) - which is the only one i've knit.  i've promised someone i'll translate this for a 38" bust soon but if anyone does the math before me and is willing to share, please let me know!  (i have a dimensions photo on the computer at work which i'll upload on monday.)


Blue Sky Cotton, 5 skeins (approx 750 yds / 685 m)

#7 24” circular (or size to obtain gauge)
#7 dpns (set of 5)  (same as above)

5 stitch markers (4 one color, 1 different)
yarn needle
scrap yarn

16 stitches and 24 rows = 4”


-k2tog = knit two together
-kfb = knit front and back – knit into the front of the next stitch, and, without dropping that stitch
           off of the needle, knit into the back of the same stitch
-pm = place marker
-po = pick up
-ssk = slip, slip, knit – slip the next two stitches on your left needle knit-wise, insert your left needle into the front of the two slipped stitches, and knit them together through the back loops with the right needle

The Laura sweater is worked top-down in one piece, with virtually no seaming!  It is recommended that you try the sweater on as you knit, and adjust as needed for your body type.

-Using the circular needles, cast on 96 stitches using your preferred method.  Join in the round, marking the beginning of your row with the stitch marker that is a different color from the rest.
-First row:  *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 12”.

-Slip 1 stitch, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm (you will pass your original row marker here – that’s okay).
-Row 1:  *(k to one stitch before a like-colored marker, kfb, pass marker, kfb);  repeat from * 4x;  knit to end of row.
-Row 2:  Knit all stitches
-Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 32 total rows.
-Next round:  Knit to the first marker and place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn.  Remove the two stitch markers that used to be on either side of these 40 stitches.  Knit the next stitch, creating the underarm of the sweater.  Continue knitting to the next marker.  Place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn and again remove the two stitch markers that sandwiched them.  Knit the next stitch, creating the second underarm.  Knit to the end of the row.
-Knit stockinette for 12”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 3”.
-Bind off.

-Take the 40 stitches you first placed on scrap yarn and divide it equally among 4 dpns.
-Starting at the underarm, po 2 stitches with the 5th dpn – and mark the second as the beginning of your row (right in the middle of the underarm).  Knit the remainder of the stitches in the row.  (42 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 4”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k37, ssk.  (40 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k35, ssk.  (38 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for another 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k33, ssk.  (36 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 1”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 7.5”.
-Bind off.

Repeat all sleeve instructions for second set of live stitches on scrap yarn (second sleeve).

Weave in all ends.  Sew up the two small armpit seams.  Block lightly (especially the ribbed arm cuffs) and enjoy your new sweater!

« Last Edit: October 01, 2007 08:23:57 AM by subliminalrabbit » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007 01:50:35 PM »

wow that is one awesome sweater,it must be so comfy,you did great!

« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2007 01:52:16 PM »

Wow, that turned out really great for no pattern!  You're brave.  I have a sweater really similar to that (store bought, so not nearly as nice) and it is totally comfy, so I bet that one is, too.  What a nice friend you are!  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007 02:28:23 PM »

It's lovely, I bet she'll love it!

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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2007 02:33:13 PM »

It's beautiful!

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 02:35:12 PM »

So beautiful and classic. Great job

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2007 02:50:02 PM »

that looks really good..I love the color..looks good on you!!
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2007 05:19:45 PM »

It's gorgeous! I bet it's way better than that GAP sweater EVER was!

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007 05:49:29 PM »

Oooh - how deliciously comfy! Do you have some info for those of us who would want to make one?

« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2007 06:03:22 PM »

that is really lovely!
if you have a pattern, i would really like it! Smiley

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