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Drop Shoulder Sweater

  • Full length body
  • Regular fit
  • Crew neck
  • Sleeveless
  • Fingering
  • Plain
  • Plain
  • Purse stitch

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Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1

Cast on 340 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. Begin pattern as follows:

Purse Stitch (Round Instructions)

Round 1

[Yo, p2tog] repeat between brackets to end of round

Round 2

[K2tog, yo] repeat between brackets to end of round

Next Round

Rep pattern until lower body measures approximately 16.5 in / 42 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round RS

Knit 170 stitches. Place the remaining 170 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 6 in / 15 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 73 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Bind off the next 24 stitches in pattern with medium tension (this becomes the centre of the neckline). Knit across the remaining 73 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 38 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint (1/1)

Right Shoulder: 54 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 one 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 38 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint (1/1)

Left Shoulder: 54 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 - or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for body – pick up stitches around the neckline, ending with a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

Ribbing

[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of round.

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

Bind Off

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Note

Adjust your bind off tension, and/or the number of stitches you've picked up to create a tighter or looser neckline.

Sleeves

With US size 2 (2.75 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 132 stitches around the arm, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

Note

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.

Work in [k2, p2] ribbing for 1.5 in / 4 cm and bind off in pattern.

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:

1542 meters / 1686 yards

Needles

Circular 3 US / 3.25 mm

Circular 2 US / 2.75 mm

Notions

Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

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Size

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Bust Circumference:

52 in / 132 cm

Body Length:

16.5 in / 42 cm

Shoulder Drop:

11 in / 28 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

17 in / 43 cm

Wrist Circumferece:

14 in / 35.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

14.75 in / 37.5 cm

Positive Ease:

6 in / 15 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease

INC: Increase

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two together

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker

M1: Make one

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip marker

ST: Stitch

WS: Wrong side

P2TOG: Purl two together

YO: Yarn over