Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sock Monkey Sweater Pattern

on size 4 needles, cast on 50 st. join without twisting. mark beg of rnd.
K1, P1 rib for 3 rows
Set up round for arm increases:
Switch to size 5 needles. K 6, pm, K 19, pm, K6, pm, K19.
increase round:
Yo, K until marker, yo, sl marker, k until marker, sl marker, yo,k until next marker, yo,sl marker, K rest of rnd.
Repeat increase round a total of 5 times. 70 st total.
separate for sleeves:
sl 16 sleeve st on holder (I thread them on waste yarn). cast on 10 st over sleeve hole using reverse loop, k until next marker, sl sleeve st onto waste yarn, cast on 10 st over sleeve hole using reverse loop, cont k rest of rnd.
cont K until sweater measures 2.5” from neck cast. (1.25” from underarm cast on).
Switch to size 4 needles and work 3 rows K1, P1 rib
Cast off in rib.
pick up for sleeves
transfer st on holder to needles. pick up and knit 12 st along armpit and cont working 5 rnds.
switch to size 4 needles, work 2 rows K1, P1 rib. bind off in rib
Repeat with second sleeve.
weave in ends.
block it and rock it

Also, please let me know of any improvements or corrections to the pattern. Much appreciated!

On a side note:
This was the first "nice treat wool" I bought for myself as a beginning spinner. Knitting with it brought back memories of all the self criticism I gave myself for bumpy inconsistent yarn.
Over the course of knitting these 4 sock monkey sweaters, I knit from the more experienced yarn to the beginner yarn. It was fun to see how my consistency improved even over just 4 ounces. I remember being surprised that the sweater acutally looked decent and like "real yarn".
It was fun to revisit this yarn after it laying around for so long in the stash.

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