Swirls Pinwheel Sweater

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I love to make these sweaters, although it is technically a cardigan. They are so easy to make and there are so many methods that will make knitting this sweater so much easier. I am making this pattern in the X-Small size, if you would like to have the full pattern for all the sizes from X-Small to 3X- Large you can buy this pattern at my Ravelry store here:

Swirl Cardigan at Knitting Knots Ravelry Store 

Today I am going to share those methods with you so let’s get started.

The Supplies:

Worsted Weight Yarn (1416 yards) I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in Lilac

4.5 mm (US 7) circular needles 40 cm,

60 cm and 80 cm (16”, 24”, and 32”).

4 mm (US G) crochet hook

8 Stitch markers, 2 stitch holders, scrap yarn.

 Gauge:

22 st. and 24 rows = 10cm / 4″ on

4.5mm (US 7) needles

Using 4.5 mm US size 7 double-circular needles cast on 8 st. I  like to use the sliding loop cast on so you don’t  have a hole in the center of you sweater.

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Here is a video on exactly how to do this:

Sliding Loop Video

Here’s a Tutorial for Two at a Time Magic Loop Socks on another one of my blog post just in case you need a refresher on the magic loop method. Here is the video for this method:

Magic Loop Video

As you can see in the picture above I have divided the sweater in half. Four stitched on each needle.

Round 1: Knit into the front and the back (kf&b) of each stitch -16 st. on round, mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker and move this up every round.

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Round 2 and all even number rounds: Knit.

Round 3: K1, kf&b, repeat to end of round, making sure you do your last m1L on each needle.

Round 5: K3, m1L, repeat to end of round. (m1L stands for make one left and here is a video on how to do it:

M1L or Make One Left Video

At this point I find it is alot easier if you add a stitch maker after every section. Then you don’t have to worry about where the increases go. I do recommend counting when you do you increase to make sure all the sections have the same number of stitches.

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The one with the blue buttons helps me keep track of where the round starts. Because I am using the magic loop method the sweater is split in half just like knitting socks.  I use it whenever I can, so I don’t have to use DPNs. I put the different colored stitch maker after the first section and before the second section. (Although to knitting pattern on Ravelry has directions for DPNs if you would rather do it that way.)

Round 7: K4 m1L, repeat to end of round.

Round 9: K5 m1L, repeat to end of round.

Continue increasing in this manner until you have 16″ making sure to measure across the center of the sweater, ending with an odd row.

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Here is a picture of the way you measure for the sleeves. This is only 8″ and it need’s to be 16″ but it is easier to take a picture of it when it is smaller.

Cast off for Sleeves

 

 

ext Round: knit the first set of stitches and the m1L from the round before, place the second set of stitches on a holder, cast on the same number of stitches using a provisional cast on (this will be the sleeve later). Here is a video for the Provisional Cast On:

Provisional Cast On Video

Continue knitting 4 more sets of stitches plus the m1L from the previous round. Slip the next set stitches on a holder. Cast on the same number of stitches using a provisional cast on.

Knit the last set of stitches and the m1L from the previous round.

Continue in pattern, increasing until you have the 16″ making sure to measure across center of the sweater. Shown in photo above.

Edging

Round 1: (Purl 1, knit 1) repeat all the way around.

Round 2: (Knit 1, purl 1) repeat all the way around.

Work rounds 1 and 2, 3 times total.

Bind off in pattern. (Use stretchy Bind off)

Stretchy Bind Off In Pattern Video

Sleeves:

Using 4.5mm (US size 7,) circular needles. Place arm stitches from stitch holder onto needle. Pick up 1 stitch from underarm, place maker to mark the beginning of round, place other side of stitches from provisional cast on needles, pick up 1 stitch.

Round 1-13: K in round 13 rows.

Round 14: K1, K2TOG, K to 3 stitches before the end of round. SSK, K1.* Repeat between ** 4 more times.

K in round 9 more rows.

Continue to Edging.

Circle Sweater

Here’s a Picture of the one of these sweaters I made for my mother

Edging

Round 1: (Purl 1, knit 1) repeat all the way around.

Round 2: (Knit 1, purl 1) repeat all the way around.

Work rounds 1 and 2, 3 times total.

Bind off in pattern. (Use stretchy Bind off)

Stretchy Bind Off In Pattern Video

Abbreviations:

Kf&b – knit into the front and back of the stitch,

ssk – slip 2 sts separately to right needle as if to knit, then knit these 2 sts together by slipping left needle into them from left to right,

m1L – pick up stitch from the round below and then knit it.

 

Thank you so much.

 

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