Saturday, 4 October 2014

Kodi's Cosy V-Neck Sweater

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Kodi’s Cosy V-Neck Sweater

To fit: 0-3 months; Chest: 18-19"; Actual Chest Measurement: 20"; Length, Shoulder to Hem: 9.5”

A beautifully textured baby sweater, easy and quick to make, with a buttoned shoulder tab for ease of dressing baby.  Long sleeved and V-necked, this is a classic that will go with just about anything and keep baby snug all Winter.

Materials:  1.5 skeins worsted weight yarn (aran/10ply); 5.5mm hook; yarn needle, 2 small buttons.

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; bphdc = back post half double crochet; sk = skip; beg = beginning; rep = repeat. RS = Right side; WS = Wrong side; yo = yarn over.

Gauge:  12 sts, 16 rows in pattern with 5.5mm hook = 4”


Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Pattern:

Back:

Row 1:  With 5.5mm hook, make a single crochet foundation chain of 33 sts.  (Alternatively, make a chain of 34 sts, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and to end.)

Row 2:  Ch2, *fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in top of ch2; Turn.

Row 3:  Ch2, *bphdc in next st, fphdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in top of ch2; Turn.

Row 4:  Pattern row: Ch2, *sl st in next st, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end; hdc in top of ch2 from previous row.  Turn.

Row 5 – armhole: Work pattern row until work measures 6”, ending with a WS row.

Next Row (RS): Ch1, sl st over the next 2 sts; *hdc in next st; sl st in next st*; rep from * to * to last 3 sts, hdc into next st, Turn, leaving last 2 sts unworked.

Next Row (WS): Ch2, *sl st in next st, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in last st.  Turn (29)

Next Row (RS):  Ch2, * sl st in next st, hdc in next st*; rep from * to * to end, hdc in last st.  Turn (29)

Repeat the last 2 rows until work measures 9.5”.  Do not fasten off yet.

Buttonhole flap:

Row 1:  Ch1, [ (sl st in next, hdc in next) 3 times ]; hdc in next; Turn

Row 2: Ch1, [ (sl st in next, hdc in next) 3 times ]; hdc in next; Turn

Row 3:  Ch1, hdc in same st, ch1, sk1, hdc in next, sl st in next, hdc in next, ch1, sk1, hdc in next. Hdc in top of turning chain. (2 buttonholes).

Row 4:  Ch1, work in pattern (as Row 1) to end, including the ch1 loops you made for the buttonholes; when you reach the corner st, work (hdc, ch1, sc) into the corner, then sc down the side of the flap.  Fasten off.

Front: 

Work as for back, shaping the armholes just the same over 2 rows, then working in pattern on 29 sts for the next 3 rows, ending with a RS row.

Working on WS:

Ch1, work in pattern for 12sts, hdc2tog.  Turn.

Ch1, hdc2tog pattern to end, Turn.

Ch1, work in pattern to last 2 sts, hdc2tog.  Turn.

Repeat the last 2 rows until work until 8 sts remain then continue until the front measures the same as the back to the shoulders (9.5”).  Fasten off.

With WS facing, rejoin yarn to centre front st, the same st where you left off after dividing for the other shoulder.

Ch1, hdc2tog, work in pattern to end, hdc in last st.  Turn

Ch1, work in pattern to last 2 sts, hdc2tog, turn.

Repeat the last 2 rows until 8 sts remain then continue until work measures the same as the back to the shoulders and both shoulder fronts are equal (9.5”).  Fasten off.


Note:  When you are decreasing, adjust the pattern row accordingly, so that, after you have decreased, work the next st in pattern as required.  You can work your decrease using the normal hdc2tog, or you can decrease in pattern by, for example, working as follows:  If your next sts are meant to be (sl st, then hdc), insert hook into st as if to sl st, pull yarn through but do not pull it through the loop already on the hook (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into next st, draw yarn through, (4 loops), yo, draw yarn through all 4 loops on hook.  This completes the decrease in pattern.


Sew up side seams to the armhole.  Sew up left shoulder seam; leave right shoulder seam open, but you can catch it together at the very top of the armhole edge to make inserting the sleeve easier later.

Sleeves: (Make 2)

First attach yarn to underarm and work an even 30 sc around the edge of the entire armhole.  Fasten off.  Repeat for the other side.  This will make inserting the sleeve a whole lot easier as you will finish the sleeve with 30 sts, making it a simple matter of matching stitch for stitch.

With 5.5mm hook, make a single foundation chain of 18 sts.

Row 1:  Ch2, *fphdc in next, bphdc in next*; repeat to end, hdc in last st; turn.

Row 2:  As Row 1.

Row 3:  Ch2, hdc in same st (increase made); pattern to end, 2 hdc in last st (increase made)

Row 4:  Ch2, pattern to end, hdc in last st. 

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 30 sts, working the increased sts into the pattern as you go.

Continue to work straight until sleeve measures 6”.  Fasten off.

Turn sweater inside out, then insert the sleeve into the armhole, from the inside, with RS of sleeve facing RS of sweater.  Fix in place with stitch markers or pins, placing the sleeve seam at the bottom armhole seam.  Sew the sleeve in to the armhole, matching stitch for stitch along the row of sc you made earlier in preparation.

Repeat for the other sleeve.  Weave in ends and turn the sweater RS out again.

Attach the yarn to the back of the neckline, at the bottom of the buttonhole flap.  Sc all around the neckline as follows:

Sc evenly along back edge; when you come to the back/front join, work sc2tog in the two stitches either side of the join.  Sc down the left side of the “V” neck, sc2tog in the 2 stitches either side of the bottom of the “V” to pull it together; sc up the right side of the “V” neck.  At the top corner, work (sc, ch1, sc) into the corner stitch; sc across the front right shoulder.  Sc2tog at the front/back join, sc up the side of the buttonhole flap, (sc, ch1, sc) into the top corner st, sc across the top edge, (sc, ch1, sc) into the next corner of the buttonhole flap, sc down the other side of the flap, sc2tog where the flap meets the back of the neckline again, then sc along the back and all around the neckline again, (working joins and corners as before), this time stopping before the buttonhole flap.  Sl st into the right shoulder where it meets the buttonhole flap, Fasten off. 

Tidy up ends, sew 2 buttons on to the front right shoulder, corresponding to where the buttonhole flap sits over it, and your sweater is complete.

Enjoy!

AG J
©AG Handmades 2014








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