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Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Elaine Phillips

Falling Stars Top Down Sweater

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

Size: M (L, XL)

Materials:
Elann Callista DK weight yarn, color Black, 50 g / 119 m (130 yards) - 8 skeins (A)
Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Silk DK Print yarn, color 8114 Blooming, 50 g / 110 m (120 yards) - 1 skein (B)

Needles:  circular 4 (3.5 mm) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge for stocking stitch for yarn A: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Directions


The top is worked from the top to the bottom in rounds without seams.

Size M

With color A cast on 108 sts. Knit one preparatory row, turn. Join and continue to work in rounds. Mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Round 5: with color B *k2tog, k1, k1f&b (increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch), k1f&b, k2, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 6: knit
Rounds 7-10: repeat rounds 5-6.
Round 11: with yarn A repeat round 5.
Round 12: purl
Round 13: *k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4*, repeat 12 times.
Round 14: purl
Round 15: *k4, k1f&b, k1f&b, k5*, repeat 12 times.
Round 16: purl
Round 17: with yarn B *k2tog, k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 18: knit
Rounds 19-22: repeat rounds 17-18.
Round 23: with yarn A repeat round 17.
Round 24: purl
Round 25: *k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6*, repeat 12 times.
Round 26: purl
Round 27: *k6, k1f&b, k1f&b, k7*, repeat 12 times.
Round 28: purl
Round 29: with yarn B *k2tog, k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 30: knit
Rounds 31-34: repeat rounds 29-30.
Round 35: with yarn A repeat round 29.
Round 36: purl
Round 37: *k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8*, repeat 12 times.
Round 38: purl
Round 39: *k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9*, repeat 12 times.
Round 40: purl
Round 41: *k2tog, k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 42: knit
Rounds 43-46: repeat rounds 41-42.
Round 47: repeat round 41.
Round 48: purl
Round 49: *k9, k1f&b, k1f&b, k10*, repeat 12 times.
Round 50: purl
Round 51: knit
Round 52: purl
Round 53: *k2tog, k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 54: knit
Rounds 55-58: repeat rounds 53-54 (total 276 sts before dividing for sleeves).

Divide for sleeves
Back - 92 sts
Front - 92 sts
Sleeves - 46 sts each

Transfer back stitches to a separate needle and work 12 rows back and forth as follows:
Row 1: *k2tog, k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Rows 2-6: knit
Row 7: *k2tog, k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Row 8: purl
Rows 9-12: repeat rows 7-8.

Size L

With color A cast on 108 sts. Knit one preparatory row, turn. Join and continue to work in rounds. Mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Round 5: with color B *k2tog, k1, k1f&b (increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch), k1f&b, k2, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 6: knit
Rounds 7-10: repeat rounds 5-6.
Round 11: with yarn A repeat round 5.
Round 12: purl
Round 13: *k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4*, repeat 12 times.
Round 14: purl
Round 15: *k4, k1f&b, k1f&b, k5*, repeat 12 times.
Round 16: purl
Round 17: with yarn B *k2tog, k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 18: knit
Rounds 19-22: repeat rounds 17-18.
Round 23: with yarn A repeat round 17.
Round 24: purl
Round 25: *k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6*, repeat 12 times.
Round 26: purl
Round 27: *k6, k1f&b, k1f&b, k7*, repeat 12 times.
Round 28: purl
Round 29: with yarn B *k2tog, k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 30: knit
Rounds 31-34: repeat rounds 29-30.
Round 35: with yarn A repeat round 29.
Round 36: purl
Round 37: *k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8*, repeat 12 times.
Round 38: purl
Round 39: *k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9*, repeat 12 times.
Round 40: purl
Round 41: *k2tog, k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 42: knit
Rounds 43-46: repeat rounds 41-42.
Round 47: repeat round 41.
Round 48: purl
Round 49: *k9, k1f&b, k1f&b, k10*, repeat 12 times.
Round 50: purl
Round 51: *k10, k1f&b, k1f&b, k11*, repeat 12 times.
Round 52: purl
Round 53: *k2tog, k9, k1f&b, k1f&b, k10, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 54: knit
Rounds 55-58: repeat rounds 53-54.
Round 59: repeat round 53.
Round 60: purl
Round 61: *k11, k1f&b, k1f&b, k12*, repeat 12 times.
Round 62: purl
Round 63: knit
Round 64: purl
Round 65: *k2tog, k10, k1f&b, k1f&b, k11, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 66: knit
Rounds 67-70: repeat rounds 65-66 (total 324 sts before dividing for sleeves).

Divide for sleeves
Back - 108 sts
Front - 108 sts
Sleeves - 54 sts each

Transfer back stitches to a separate needle and work 12 rows back and forth as follows:
Row 1: *k2tog, k10, k1f&b, k1f&b, k11, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Rows 2-6: knit
Row 7: *k2tog, k10, k1f&b, k1f&b, k11, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Row 8: purl
Rows 9-12: repeat rows 7-8.

Size XL

With color A cast on 108 sts. Knit one preparatory row, turn. Join and continue to work in rounds. Mark the beginning of the round.

Round 1: knit
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Round 5: with color B *k2tog, k1, k1f&b (increase by knitting into the front and back of a stitch), k1f&b, k2, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 6: knit
Rounds 7-10: repeat rounds 5-6.
Round 11: with yarn A repeat round 5.
Round 12: purl
Round 13: *k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4*, repeat 12 times.
Round 14: purl
Round 15: *k4, k1f&b, k1f&b, k5*, repeat 12 times.
Round 16: purl
Round 17: with yarn B *k2tog, k3, k1f&b, k1f&b, k4, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 18: knit
Rounds 19-22: repeat rounds 17-18.
Round 23: with yarn A repeat round 17.
Round 24: purl
Round 25: *k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6*, repeat 12 times.
Round 26: purl
Round 27: *k6, k1f&b, k1f&b, k7*, repeat 12 times.
Round 28: purl
Round 29: with yarn B *k2tog, k5, k1f&b, k1f&b, k6, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 30: knit
Rounds 31-34: repeat rounds 29-30.
Round 35: with yarn A repeat round 29.
Round 36: purl
Round 37: *k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8*, repeat 12 times.
Round 38: purl
Round 39: *k8, k1f&b, k1f&b, k9*, repeat 12 times.
Round 40: purl
Round 41: *k2tog, k7, k1f&b, k1f&b, k8, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 42: knit
Rounds 43-46: repeat rounds 41-42.
Round 47: repeat round 41.
Round 48: purl
Round 49: *k9, k1f&b, k1f&b, k10*, repeat 12 times.
Round 50: purl
Round 51: *k10, k1f&b, k1f&b, k11*, repeat 12 times.
Round 52: purl
Round 53: *k2tog, k9, k1f&b, k1f&b, k10, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 54: knit
Rounds 55-58: repeat rounds 53-54.
Round 59: repeat round 53.
Round 60: purl
Round 61: *k11, k1f&b, k1f&b, k12*, repeat 12 times.
Round 62: purl
Round 63: *k12, k1f&b, k1f&b, k13*, repeat 12 times.
Round 64: purl
Round 65: *k2tog, k11, k1f&b, k1f&b, k12, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 66: knit
Rounds 67-70: repeat rounds 65-66.
Round 71: repeat round 65.
Round 72: purl
Round 73: *k13, k1f&b, k1f&b, k14*, repeat 12 times.
Round 74: purl
Round 75: knit
Round 76: purl
Round 77: *k2tog, k12, k1f&b, k1f&b, k13, ssk*, repeat 12 times.
Round 78: knit
Rounds 79-82: repeat rounds 65-66 (total 372 sts before dividing for sleeves).


Divide for sleeves
Back - 124 sts
Front - 124 sts
Sleeves - 62 sts each

Transfer back stitches to a separate needle and work 12 rows back and forth as follows:
Row 1: *k2tog, k12, k1f&b, k1f&b, k13, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Rows 2-6: knit
Row 7: *k2tog, k12, k1f&b, k1f&b, k13, ssk*, repeat 4 times.
Row 8: purl
Rows 9-12: repeat rows 7-8.



Bodice
Knit row 13 of the back, transfer 46 (54, 62) sts of the right sleeve to a length of yarn, knit 92 (108, 124) sts of the front, transfer 46 (54, 62) sts of the left sleeve to a length of yarn, join and continue to work the bodice in rounds (184 (216, 248) sts) as follows:
Round 1: *k2tog, k8 (10, 12), k1f&b, k1f&b, k9 (11, 13), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Round 5: knit
Round 6: purl
Round 7: *k2tog, k8 (10, 12), k1f&b, k1f&b, k9 (11, 13), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 8: knit
Rounds 9-12: repeat rounds 7-8.
Round 13: *k2tog, k8 (10, 12), k1f&b, k1f&b, k9 (11, 13), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 14: purl
Round 15: *k2tog, k19 (23, 27), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 16: purl
Round 17: knit
Round 18: purl
Round 19: *k2tog, k7 (9, 11), k1f&b, k1f&b, k8 (10, 12), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 20: knit
Rounds 21-24: repeat rounds 19-20.
Round 25: *k2tog, k7 (9, 11), k1f&b, k1f&b, k8 (10, 12), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 26: purl
Round 27: *k2tog, k17 (21, 25), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 28: purl
Round 29: knit
Round 30: purl
Round 31: *k2tog, k6 (8, 10), k1f&b, k1f&b, k7 (9, 11), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 32: knit
Rounds 33-36: repeat rounds 31-32.
Round 37: *k2tog, k6 (8, 10), k1f&b, k1f&b, k7 (9, 11), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 38: purl
Round 39: knit
Round 40: purl
Round 41: knit
Round 42: purl
Round 43: *k2tog, k6 (8, 10), k1f&b, k1f&b, k7 (9, 11), ssk*, repeat 8 times.
Round 44: knit
Rounds 45-48: repeat rounds 43-44.
Rounds 49-60: repeat rounds 37-48.
Rounds 61-66: repeat rounds 37-42.
Cast off.



Sleeves
Sleeves are worked in rounds on double pointed needles.
Transfer 46 (54, 62) sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 11 sts over the underarm sts. You'll have 57 (65, 73) sts. Work 54 rounds as follows:
Round 1: *k2tog, k8 (10, 12), k1f&b, k1f&b, k9 (11, 13), ssk*, repeat 2 times, k2tog, k2, k1f&b, k1f&b, k3, ssk.
Round 2: purl
Round 3: knit
Round 4: purl
Round 5: knit
Round 6: purl
Round 7: *k2tog, k8 (10, 12), k1f&b, k1f&b, k9 (11, 13), ssk*, repeat 2 times, k2tog, k2, k1f&b, k1f&b, k3, ssk.
Round 8: knit
Rounds 9-12: repeat rounds 7-8.
Rounds 13-48: repeat rounds 1-12.
Rounds 49-54: repeat rounds 1-6.
Cast off.

Finishing:
Block the top.

Enjoy!

June 27, 2011: Error on row 73  for XL corrected.

November 08, 2011. Errors on rows 21-24 and 33-36 of the bodice corrected.



Comments

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# 1. Poster: carol beech
October 1, 2013

This is a super pattern - interesting without being too difficult. It is very easy to modify - I did one extra row of increases giving a total of 300sts.I also left out the extra rows of the back - not necessary. The length of the bodice and the sleeve can very easily be adjusted and I think binding off in purl instead of purling a round and then binding off gives a nicer finish. It is also very economical - I used 50gm balls of length 114m and it needed 6 of black and 1 of pink on size 5 needles. At 1.25 euros a ball that means a pullover for well under 10 euros. Thank you ABC for such a lovely pattern.
# 2. Poster: Juana
October 3, 2013

I love this sweater. Are the dimensions available for the 3 sizes so that I can decide which size to make? Thanks so much
# 3. Poster: Dagmar
November 10, 2013

Is the bust size for the finished sweater shown anywhere?
Love the sweater and would like to know which size to make.
Thank you in advance for the lovely pattern, Dagmar
# 4. Poster: Jody MORSE
September 15, 2014

I am searching for the lovely contrast yarn. Is it still available?
# 5. Poster: Jody MORSE
September 19, 2014

I have carried this fascinating sweater pattern in my inbox for ages. When I finally started I cannot find the "pink" contrast yarn anywhere. Can anyone help or do you have just the one skein required in an orphan pile anywhere? Thanks
# 6. Poster: kamla solanki
December 14, 2012

Before starting this sweater i have one question.for medium size sweater your pattern says after finishing first 58 roundsdivede stitches for back two sleevesand front.
after that we should knit just knitback stitches for 12 rows i am thinking then what about front stitches?
# 7. Poster: Helen
July 10, 2014

I have not made this sweater, but I have made others in the round from top-down. The stitches are divided only the create an opening for the sleeves that will be finished later. Simply transfer the 60 plus stitches for the sleeve onto a contrasting piece of yarn and tie it off. After you finish the body of the sweater, you pick up the stitches and finish off your sleeve to the length you want.
# 8. Poster: Helen
July 10, 2014

After looking at the directions again, it looks like the back is divided off the circular needled and onto straights for 12 or 13 rows. Then the stitches for the back is placed back onto the circular needles and the stitches for a sleeve is placed on a holding piece of yarn or string and the stitches for the front is picked. The remaining stitches for the second sleeve is placed on a separate piece of string to be worked on after the body of the sweater is finished.
# 9. Poster: Elaine Phillips
December 15, 2012

You have to scroll down the pattern to Bodice for further instructions.
# 10. Poster: kamla solanki
January 22, 2013

I want to make this falling star top inoatons classic wool yarn in small and extra small size if you can tell me how much stitch i should cast on then it will be great.
in the same yarn i done unto division part of sleeves but it is too big.
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