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Below is a close-up showing how
the beads nestle into the Meringue yarn.


 


Crystal Palace Yarns
Meringue Beaded Pullover
with Holiday Motifs

This is a festive sweater for the holidays that doesn’t resort to cutesy clichés. The velvety look of this soft springy yarn is a perfect foil for the sparkle of beads. Picture it in red Meringue with gold beads, too? Or make it for non-holiday wear with other beaded motif or without beads.

Materials:
Yarn: 8 (9, 10, 12, 13) 50 gr balls Crystal Palace Meringue (40% Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic, 20% Elastic Nylon, 123 yds)
Model Shown in Color #4107 Blue
Needles: 16" circular size 8 needle and size 10 straight or circular needle or correct size to obtain gauge
Beads: 6 mm round beads - 39 for Tree, 66 for Star, 66 for Snowflake

Finished Measurements:
Chest circumference: 36" (40", 44", 48", 52")
Length: 23" (24", 24", 25", 25")

Gauge:
4 sts = 1" and 6 rows = 1" in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles

Notes on working with beads:
1. Select beads with holes large enough to easily accommodate your yarn.
2. When indicated in the instructions, string all the beads for your design onto the working yarn. Your tapestry needle will probably not fit through the beads. My favorite tool for stringing beads on yarn is a dental floss threader. This is a piece of stiff nylon, like fishing line, with a loop on one end which is used to work dental floss under bridgework. Ask your dentist, or pick some up at the drugstore. Alternatively, use a short length of beading wire folded in half. Catch the end of the yarn in the fold, and thread both ends through your beads.
3. Push the beads down the strand of yarn until you have plenty of yarn to work with. Where indicated on the chart, slide one bead into position against the right hand needle on the right side of the work. Slip the next stitch as if to purl with the yarn and the bead held to the right side. When you knit or purl the next stitch, the bead is locked in place.

Stitches used:
Moss Stitch Border: Row 1 (WS): K 1, *P 1, K 1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 (RS): P 1, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: Repeat row 2
Row 4: Repeat row 1
Row 5: Repeat row 1
Row 6: Repeat row 2

Stockinette Stitch (St St): Knit the right side rows, purl the wrong side rows.

Abbreviations:
BO: Bind Off
Beg: Beginning
CO: Cast On
Decr: Decrease
Incr: Increase
K: Knit
K2tog: Knit 2 together
PM: Place Marker on needle
RS: Right Side
Rept: Repeat
Sl: Slip
SSK: Slip, Slip, Knit
St(s): Stitch (es)
WS: Wrong Side

Charts: There are 2 charts for placing the beads
Shown on model: Snowflake and also a Holiday Tree and a Star of David
The charts are on a separate page - click here for the charts.

Directions:
Back:
Using smaller needles, CO 73 (81, 89, 97, 105) sts.
Work 6 rows of Moss Stitch Border.
Change to larger needles and work in St St until piece measures 15" (15½", 15", 16", 15½") from beginning.
Shape Armholes: BO 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at beg and end of every RS row 4 (8, 8, 12, 12) times - 57 (57, 61, 61, 65) sts. Continue without shaping until piece measures 22" (23", 23", 24", 24").
Shape Shoulders: K 13 (13, 15, 15, 16) sts and place on holder for right shoulder. BO center 31 (31, 31, 31, 33) sts. K to end of row.
BO 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) sts at beg of next WS row. K 1 row. BO remaining 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts. Place held sts on needle and reattach yarn at neck edge. P 1 row. BO 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) sts at beg of next RS row. P 1 row. BO remaining 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts.

Front:
Work as for back through the 5th row of armhole shaping. On 6th row, P 18 (22, 24, 28, 20), PM, P 25, PM, P to end of row.
Break yarn. String beads on to yarn - 66 beads for snowflake, 66 beads for Star, 39 beads for Tree. Rejoin yarn.
Continuing armhole shaping as for back, work chart pattern over center 25 sts, inserting beads where indicated. When chart is complete, continue in St st until work measures 21" (22", 22", 23", 23") from beginning.
Shape Front neck and shoulders: K 16 (16, 18, 18, 20) sts and place on holder for left shoulder. BO center 25 (25, 25, 25, 25) sts. K to end of row. Decr 1 st at neck edge every other row 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) times. At the same time, when same length as back to shoulders, BO 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) sts at beg of next WS row. K 1 row. BO remaining 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts.
Place held sts on needle and reattach yarn at neck edge. P 1 row. Decr 1 st at neck edge every other row 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) times. At the same time, when same length as back to shoulders BO 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) sts at beg of next RS row. P 1 row. BO remaining 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts.

Sleeves:
Using smaller needles, CO 34 (34, 36, 36, 38) sts.
Work 6 rows of Moss Stitch Border.
Change to larger needles and St St.
Incr 1 st at beg and end of every 6th row 4 (, 6, 8, 10, 16) times, then every 8th row 6 (6, 5, 4, 0) times. Continue without shaping until sleeve measures 17" (17½", 17½", 18", 18") or desired length to underarm.
Shape sleeve cap: BO 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then decr 1 st at beg and end of every other row 4 (4, 4, 4, 4) times, then every 4th row 4 (4, 6, 4, 6) times, then every other row 4 (4, 2, 4, 2) times. BO 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then BO remaining 18 (22, 22, 26, 26) sts.

Finishing:
Sew back to front at shoulders.
Sew sleeve caps to armholes.
Sew side and sleeve seams.

Neckband:
Starting at right shoulder seam, using smaller needle, pick up and knit 38 (38, 38, 38, 40) sts along back neck and 42 (42, 42, 42, 44) sts along front neck edge - 80 (80, 80, 80, 84) sts. Work 6 rows of moss st border. BO loosely.

Weave in ends and block gently.

 

Designed and knit by Sandi Rosner
Sandi is the author of Not Just Socks and Not Just More Socks
and her new book due soon: Not Just Socks for Kids
 

Sandi is the owner of Knitting Workshop in Sebastopol, California.

Special thanks to Sandi for designing and knitting this Meringue pattern. If you are traveling north of San Francisco - stop and visit her shop in Sebastopol and see this sweater in person:
Knitting Workshop
117 S. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472   707-824-0699

copyright 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 Crystal Palace Yarns Meringue are welcome to use this free pattern for their customers.

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phone: 510-237-9988,  fax: 510-237-9809