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Checker Knitted Pullover

Alternating Blocks Knit Pullover

Knitted Pullover

Check it out! Have fun alternating blocks of color to create this classic knitted pullover.

Size: Directions are given for size small. Changes for medium and large sizes are in parentheses.

Materials:

4-ply worsted weight yarn

  • 12 (15, 18) ozs. blue (or the color of your choice)
  • 3 (6, 6) ozs. white (or the color of your choice)

Knitting needles size 7 and 9 (or size to obtain gauge)
Stitch holders
Yarn needle for finishing

Gauge:

  • 4 stitches = 1"
  • 11 rows = 2" (in stockinette stitch)

Finished measurements:

  • Bust -- 39 (43, 47)"
  • Width of front or back at underarms -- 19 1/2 (21 1/2, 23 1/2)"
  • Width of sleeve at upper arm -- 18 (19, 20)"

NOTE: When changing colors, pick up new color from under dropped color to twist yarns and prevent holes. Carry color not in use loosely along wrong side of work.

BACK: With smaller needles and Blue, cast on 78 (86, 94) stitches (sts).

Ribbing - Row 1: {Knit (k) 1, Purl (p) 1} repeat directions in brackets across. Repeat Row 1 until 2 1/2" from beginning, end with wrong side row. Change to larger needles. Work even in stockinette stitch (k 1 row, p 1 row) until piece measures 13 (13 1/2, 14)" from beginning, end with wrong side row.

Shape Armholes: Bind off 4 (4, 5) sts at beginning of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then decrease 1 st each end every other row 2 (3, 3) times -- 62 (68, 74) sts. Work even until armholes measure 9 (9 1/2, 10)" from beginning, end with wrong side row.
Shape Shoulders: Bind off 16 (18, 20) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 30 (32, 34) sts for neck.

FRONT: With smaller needles and Blue, cast on 78 (86, 94) sts.

Ribbing: Work as for back. change to larger needles.
Begin Pattern -- Row 1 (right side): Join white and k 5; * with Blue, k 4, with White, k 4, * repeat between * * 7 (8, 9) times more = 8 (9, 10) times in all, with blue, k 4, with White, k 5.
Row 2: With White, p 5, with Blue, p 4, with White, p 4, * repeat between * * 7 (8, 9) times more = 8 (9, 10) times in all, with blue, p 4, with White, p 5.
Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.
Row 5: With Blue, knit 5 *with White, knit 4, with Blue, knit 4 * repeat between * * 7 (8, 9) times more = 8 (9, 10) times in all, with White, k 4, with Blue, knit 5.
Row 6: With Blue, purl 5, * with White, p 4, with Blue, p 4 ,* repeat between * * 7 (8, 9) times in all, with White, p 4, with Blue, p 5.
Rows 7 and 8: Repeat Rows 5 and 6. Repeat Rows 1-8 for check pattern until piece measures 13 ( 13 1/2, 14)" from beginning, end with wrong side row.

Shape Armholes: Keeping a pattern, work as for back -- 62 (68, 74) sts. Work even in pattern until armholes measures 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2)" from beginning, end with wrong side row.

SHAPE NECK -- Left Side, Next Row: Work in pattern on 26 (28, 30) sts, place remaining sts on holder. Bind off 3 sts at beginning of next row (neck), then at same edge bind off 2 sts twice and decrease 1 st every other row 3 times -- 16 (18, 20) sts. Work even in pattern until same length as back to shoulders. Bind off.

Right Side: Leave center 10 (12, 14) sts on holder for neck, then from right side place remaining sts on larger needle, join color in progress, complete row in pattern. Work 1 row even. Keeping in pattern, at neck edge bind of 3 sts once, 2 sts twice, and decrease 1 st every other row 3 times -- 16 (18, 20) sts. complete as for left side.

SLEEVES -- Ribbing: With smaller needles and Blue, cast on 32 (34, 36) sts. Work as for back until 2 1/2" from beginning, end with wrong side row. Change to larger needles. Work in stockinette stitch, increasing 1 st each end every 4th row 20 (21, 22) times -- 72 (76, 80) sts. Work even until sleeve measures 18 1/2 (19, 19 1/2)" or length desired, end with wrong side row.

Shape Cap: Bind off 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, and 2 sts at beginning of next 4 rows, then decrease 1 st each end every other row 2 (3, 4) times -- 52 (54, 56) sts. Bind off.

FINISHING

Sew left shoulder.

Neckband: From right side with smaller needles and Blue, pick up and k 26 (28, 30) sts across back neck and 36 (38, 40) STS ACROSS FRONT NECK, INCLUDING THE STS ON HOLDER -- 62 (66, 70) sts. Work in ribbing as for back for 1 1/2". Bind off. Sew right shoulder and neckband. Sew side and sleeve seam. Sew in sleeves.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these instructions. We cannot be responsible, however, for variances in individual techniques, human errors or typographical mistakes.