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free knitting pattern - Cotton Chenille textured sweatshirt

Crystal Palace Yarns
free Cotton Chenille knit sweatshirt pattern

Textured Cotton Chenille Sweatshirt

Finished Chest Measurements: 38(42,46)" 
Finished Length measurements: 21(21,23)"

MATERIALS: Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille 100% cotton, 12 (13,14) 50 gr balls. Crystal Palace Bamboo Needles single point sizes 7 and 9, 16" circular size 7, 26" circular size 7, stitch holders, smooth cotton yarn for sewing seams.
Color shown at right is Cotton Chenille is #9578 "icestorm", the version at bottom right is #1208 "aloe")

GAUGE: 4 sts = 1" in Stockinette stitch (St st) on larger needles. Take time to check gauge and learn the stitch pattern.

(kpk): k1, p1, k1 into same st.
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
rem: remaining
Note: work in multiples of 4 sts plus 2 sts.

BACK: With larger single point needles cast on 77(85,93) sts loosely.

Row1: RS: Purl.
Row 2:
WS: k1, *p3 tog, (kpk) rep from * 18 (20,22) times, p3 tog, k1.
Row 3:
Row 4:
K1, *(kpk), p3 tog rep from* 18(20,22) times, (kpk), k1.
Row 5:

Repeat pattern rows 2-5. Work even in pattern until back measures 21 (21,23)" from beginning. End on last purl row, RS. Place sts on holder for double needle join cast off. (End on Row 3 of Pattern)

FRONT: Work as for back until piece measures 18.75(18.75,19.75)".
Next row:
Row 1: WS: K1 ,*(kpk), p3 tog, rep from* 8(9,10) times, k1. Place center 7 sts on holder. Place rem sts for left shoulder and neck on holder. Turn work.
Row 2
: RS: P 34(38,42) sts.
Row 3
: K1, *p3 tog, (kpk), rep from* 7(8,9) times, p3 tog, k2 tog.
Row 4
: P 31 (35,39) sts.
Row 5
: K1 * (kpk), p3 tog, rep from * 7(8,9) times, k2 tog.
Row 6
: P 30 (34, 38) sts.
Row 7
: K1 *(kpk), rep from * 6(7,8) times, p3 tog, k2 tog.
Row 8
: P27 (31,35)sts.
Row 9
: K1 * (kpk), p3 tog, rep from* 6(7,8) times, k2 tog.
Row 10
: P 26(30,34) sts.
Row 11
: K1 * (kpk), p3 tog, rep from* 6(7,8) times, p3 tog, k2 tog.
Row 12
: P 23(27,31) sts.

Hold sts on needle for double needle join cast off.
Reverse shoulder and neck shaping for left side.

SLEEVES: Work from sleeve top to cuff. With larger size single point needles cast on 69(77,77)sts. [Or see Sleeve Note at bottom of pattern for knitting sleeves directly on sweater body.]

Row 1: RS: Purl
Row 2
: K1, *p3 tog, (kpk), rep from * until 4 sts rem, p3 tog, k1.
Row 3,5,7,9
: Purl.
Row 4
: K1, *(kpk), p3 tog, rep from* until 2 sts rem, (kpk),k1.
Row 6
: Repeat row 2.
Row 8:
K2 tog, *p3 tog, (kpk), rep from * until 5 sts rem, p3 tog, k2 tog. (place marker to note decrease row). [Note: It is easier to keep track if you do all dec's on a purl row.]
Row 10
: K1, *(kpk), p3 tog, rep from * to end. Continue in pattern as for rows 1 -4, at the same time, dec (as in row 8) every 6th row until 31 sts rem. Work until sleeve measures 16.75 (18.25,18.25)".

Double needle join
cast off

1. Position fabrics wrong side together. Needle tips are parallel and lined up side by side.

2. Insert right needle into first stitch on near needle and first stitch of far needle, and knit two together.

3. Repeat with next two stitches, then pull the second stitch on right hand needle over the first to bind off.

4. Repeat across edge.

Begin Cuff
Change to smaller single point needles.
Beg with a purl row, work in St st.
Row 11-18:
Work even in St st.
Row 19
: (WS) Bind off as if to knit using size 9 needles for binding off.

FINISHING: Join shoulder seams. (Double needle join method is used on model, see below). Sew sleeve to body matching center of shoulder with center of sleeve cap. Sew underarm seams. Turn piece upside down. With right side facing, using 26" circular needle, size 7, pick up all stitches along bottom of sweater. Place a marker at beg of row. Knit in the round, dec'ing 8 sts evenly on first row. Work 9 rounds in St st. Bind off loosely using size 9 needles since Cotton Chenille has no stretch.

Neck Roll: With 16" circular needle, size 7, pick up 77 sts evenly around neck. With right side facing, work in rounds.

Round 1: Purl.
Rounds 2-8
: Knit.

Bind off loosely with size 9 needles. Let neck edge roll. Steam piece gently.

Sleeve Note: Sleeves can be knit directly on to the sweater easily. Measure 9.5 inches from shoulder, pick up from right side 38 sts on one side, 39 on other side. Figure about 1 st/row. Continue to knit down as instructions until proper length sleeve. This way you have no seam at sleeve top.

Designed by Jeanne Bauer, Cambridge Studio

Pattern Copyright 2000-2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Cotton Chenille are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page February 07, 2012