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Pink Colorblock Sweater

Pink Colorblock Sweater

When cooler weather approaches, it’s time to get our hands on some layering pieces! Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Pink Colorblock drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

In case you’re missing that extra cute layering garment, here is the free pattern for our Pink Colorblock Sweater. It’s a gorgeous, lightweight sweater, with a classic v-neck shape, made youthful with the addition of monotone colorbocking in fuschia and millennial pink.

For this sweater we used the Knit Picks yarn Palette in Blossom Heather as the main color and Mauve as the contrasting color. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
With CC1, cast on 288 stitches with US size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Ribbing
Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm, ending after a WS row. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles. Continue in stockinette stitch until lower body measures approximately 11.5 in / 29 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Cut CC1 and rejoin with MC. Knit 144 stitches. Place the remaining 144 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 2.75 in / 7 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 72 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Knit across the remaining 72 stitches (these will become the right shoulder). Turn your work and purl back.

Right Shoulder

Decrease Row (RS)

K1, ssk, k to end

Next Rows

Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 56 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 44 st

Bind Off

Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Place the stitches from the holder or waste yarn back onto your needle. Beginning on the WS, purl to the end of the row.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 56 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 44 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Back

Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.

Neck

With US size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles - pick up stitches around the neckline starting at the front center point of the V and working around the neck, ending on the other side of the V. You will need a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 1.5 in / 4 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension. When ribbing is complete, tack down the front sections of ribbing that overlap at the V in the center to close the V neck shaping. Use a darning needle and the same yarn to secure the edges.

Sleeves

With US size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 118 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row
K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 0.75 in / 2 cm until sleeve measures approximately 16 in / 40.5 cm and you have 76 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.

Yarn

Fingering
weight |
4 ply

Main Color:

1005 meters / 1099 yards

Contrast Color 1:

358 meters / 391 yards

Gauge

26 stitches and 32 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 3 US / 3.25 mm needles

Needles

Circular 3 US / 3.25 mm

Circular 2 US / 2.75 mm

Notions

Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

Size

This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 36 in/ 91 cm bust. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

Info
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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

44 in / 112.0 cm

Body Length:

11.5 in / 29.0 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

18 in / 45.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

16 in / 40.5 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

MC: Main Color

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

Sweater icon
Base
Drop Shoulder Sweater
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sections

Body Cropped Regular

Neck V-Neck

Sleeves Full Length

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embellishment
Lower Body Colorblock 1
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yarn
Fingering
weight
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size
36 in / 91 cm
Pink Colorblock Sweater by Bellish drop shoulder illustration