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Circular Knit Mohair Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

I-Cord Necklace pattern

Size: 8/10 (38/40)

Lion Brand (affiliate link) Moonlight Mohair bulky weight yarn, color 202 Tundra, 50 g / 75 m (82 yards) - 10 skeins (A)
Elann (affiliate link).com, Peruvian Highland Wool worsted weight yarn, color 500 black, 50 g / 100 m (109 yards) - 2 skeins (B)

Needles:  circular 4 (3.75 mm) 60 cm (24"),  10 (6.0 mm) 60cm (24"), 2 pairs of 10 (6.0 mm) (21")  OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Gauge: 12 sts x 12 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) for mohair yarn.


Rib: 1k, 1p

Stocking Stitch
In circular knitting, all rows knit sts


This sweater is worked as one piece, bottom up

With black wool yarn (B) cast on 112 sts on 4 needles. Place marker for the beginning and join. Knit rib. Knit 56 sts, place the second marker for center of rnd, knit rib to the end. Work rib for 16 rounds. Move markers with every round to mark the beginning and the center.
Change needles to 10 (6.0 mm) needles and knit stocking stitch - all k sts with mohair (A). Knit for 45 rounds. Move markers with every round to mark the beginning and the center.

Divide for armholes
In the 46th rnd: work to 4 sts before the beginning marker, bind off next 6 sts for underarm. Go on making the 47th rnd, work to 2 sts before the central marker, bind off next 6 sts for underarm. Finish the round. There must be 48 sts on the back and 52 sts on the front. Place markers on the first and last sts of the front, and on the first and last sts of the back.

With the circular needles #4 (21") cast on 22 sts with wool yarn (B). Place marker for the beginning and join. Work rib for 8 rounds.
Change needles to 10 (6.0 mm) needles and knit stocking stitch - all k sts with mohair (A).

Make 1 st before and after the marker (2sts in a round) in the following rounds: 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48.

Work 70 rounds. There must 46 sts. In 71st rnd work to 3 sts before the marker, bind off the next 6 sts for underarm. Place markers in the first and last sts.

With longer circular needle #10, work across 40 sleeve sts, 52 front sts, 40 sleeve stitches, 48 back sts, as established. Make three rounds.
In the 4th rnd *ssk, work to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; repeat 3 times more - 8 total sts decreased. Repeat decrease 3 times in every 4th round: 8, 12 and 16.
Then decrease every other round 9 times: 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 3rd short row, 7th short row (For short rows see instructions below).

Shaping the neck with short rows: in rnd 31 (1st short row) knit 5 sts after the first front marker. Place the front sts on an auxilary thread, leaving 5 sts before the second marker on the working needle. Turn and purl back (2nd short row).
Sort row 3: Knit, making decreases.
Short row 4: Purl back.
Short row 5: Knit.
Short row 6: Purl back.
Short row 7: Like short row 3.
Short row 8: Like short row 4.
Round 32: Knit all sts round. In the 32nd rnd there must be: sleeve - 14sts, front - 26 sts, sleeve - 14 sts, back - 22 sts.

In 33rd rnd change to #4 needles and black wool. Work rib for 16 rnds. Bind off.

Sew underarm seams.

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Poster: Margaret
April 30, 2016

Instead of casting off the stitches under the arms of the sleeve and the sweater, I choose to put them on a small holder and graft them together after I finish the sweater. It makes for a smoother underarm area.
Poster: Roxana
May 5, 2014

I'd like to eliminate the neck and bottom bands
Poster: JeanJ
May 2, 2015

I'd love to make this sweater, maybe a couple of them. I do need directions for larger sizes, are directions available?
Poster: Ruth Carlson
September 2, 2015

I would like directions for larger sizes like maybe 20 - 22.
Poster: June tucker
October 23, 2017

Is it possible to email the pattern in a size 14/16

Thank you
Poster: Kathy Juurlink
January 28, 2015

I would like this pattern in larger sizes and also in worstad and double knit weight Yarns please.
Poster: Mary Hurlbert
October 5, 2013

Answer to comment on how to knit the neck of this sweater. Knitter will be having problems dealing with circuar needle at this point. My advice is to purchase a circular needle of required size only shorter length, or use 4 needles of required size, passing stitches onto three needles and knitting with the fourth, as in knitting socks, etc.
Poster: Cheryl
October 1, 2013

For the sleeve directions, wouldn't you need to make 2 sleeves and on different needles so they can be worked back into the front and back sections on hold? There's no mention of doing the sleeve directions twice.
Poster: audrey jones
September 29, 2013

Poster: Michele
December 2, 2012

I am a beginner in knitting and I'm stuck at the Shaping the neck with short rows I'm not sure if it would be possible to show this step on a video or not but it would be helpfull

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