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Men's Colourwork Sweater Novita Nalle

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A wide horizontal colourwork band makes a statement on this masculine sweater.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2016 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 10
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031610
Pattern details
Size
S(M)L(XL)XXL

Yarn demand
Novita Nalle
A - flax 450(500)500(550)600 g
B - fox slightly less than 50 g
C - navy slightly less than 100 g
D - jeans slightly less than 100 g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
1 pair of 3.5 mm Novita knitting needles
1 x 4.0 mm (40 cm) Novita circular needle for the neckline border
Or the sizes required to give the correct tension.

Designer
Saara Toikka

Details

Back

Using yarn A, cast on 122 (130) 142 (150) 158 sts and work 7 cm in rib. Change to st st and work 4 rows.

Start following colourwork chart from row 1 and repeat the 2 st pattern to end. Work rows 2-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and continue in st st.

When the work measures 41 (42) 43 (45) 46 cm, change to colourwork and work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work 4 rows in st st.

Continue in st st and start shaping the armholes:

Cast off 4 (4) 5 (6) 8 sts at the beginning on next 2 rows.

Change to colourwork starting from row 5 of the chart. Repeat the 4 st pattern and at the same time continue shaping the armholes:

Keeping pattern correct, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of next 4 (4) 6 (6) 6 rows and then 1 st at the beginning of next 8 (8) 6 (8) 8 rows.

Continue following the chart until you have finished row 40. Change to yarn A, and work 6 rows in st st. Work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work the rest of the piece in st st.

When you have finished the armhole shapings you have 98 (106) 114 (118) 122 sts on the needle.

When the armhole measures 20 (21) 22 (22) 23 cm, on a RS row cast off centre 36 (36) 36 (38) 38 sts for back neck and work to end. Work each side of the neck separately and shape the first side in the following way:

Next row (WS): Work to end.

Next row (RS, starting at neck edge): Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Continue working straight until the armhole measures 22 (23) 24 (24) 25 cm. Cast off 28 (32) 36 (37) 39 sts for shoulder.

Work the other side to match, reversing the shapings.

Front

Work as for back but divide for neck as follows:

When the armhole measures 13 (14) 15 (15) 16 cm, work next RS row to centre 30 (30) 30 (32) 32 sts, place them on a holder and work to end. Then, work each side of the neck separately:

Next row (WS): Work to end.

Next row (RS, starting at neck egde): Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Continue working straight and when the armhole measures 22 (23) 24 (24) 25 cm, cast off 28 (32) 36 (37) 39 sts for shoulder.

Work the other side to match, reversing the shapings.

Sleeves

(make 2)

Using yarn A, cast on 56 (58) 60 (62) 64 sts and work 7 cm in rib. Work 4 rows in st st.

Start following colourwork chart from row 1 and repeat the 2 st pattern to end. Work rows 2-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and continue in st st.

When the work measures 10 (9) 14 (12) 11 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat these increases every 2.5 (2.5) 2 (2) 2 cm for 15 (16) 18 (19) 20 times more = 88 (92) 98 (102) 106 sts.

When the work measures 47 (48) 49 (49) 50 cm, change to colourwork and work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work 4 rows in s st.

Start shaping the sleeve top:

Cast off 4 (4) 5 (6) 8 sts at the beginning on next 2 rows.

Change to colourwork starting from row 5 of the chart. Repeat the 4 st pattern and at the same time continue shaping the sleeve top:

Keeping pattern correct, cast off 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows, 2 sts at the beginning of next 4 rows, 1 st at the beginning of next 32 (34) 38 (40) 40 rows, 2 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows and 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows.

Continue following the chart until you have finished row 40. Change to yarn A, and work the rest of the piece in st st.

When you have finished shaping the sleeve top, cast off all sts.

Finishing

Lay pieces to measures on a flat surface with the WS facing, wet with a spray bottle and let dry.

Join shoulder seams.

Neck edge: Starting from either shoulder seam, using yarn A and circular needle, pick up and knit sts along both sides of the neck and sts on hold so that you have 106 (106) 106 (110) 110 sts on the needle. Work 6 cm in st st in the round. Cast off all sts using a stretchy cast-off method.

Join sleeve and side seams. Sew sleeves in place.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Body circumference 104(112)120(128)136 cm Length of the garment 66(68)70(72)74 cm Underarm sleeve 50(51)52(52)53 cm

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Rib stitch:
Row 1: *K2, p2*, repeat *-*.
Row 2: *K2, p2

Back

Using yarn A, cast on 122 (130) 142 (150) 158 sts and work 7 cm in rib. Change to st st and work 4 rows.

Start following colourwork chart from row 1 and repeat the 2 st pattern to end. Work rows 2-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and continue in st st.

When the work measures 41 (42) 43 (45) 46 cm, change to colourwork and work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work 4 rows in st st.

Continue in st st and start shaping the armholes:

Cast off 4 (4) 5 (6) 8 sts at the beginning on next 2 rows.

Change to colourwork starting from row 5 of the chart. Repeat the 4 st pattern and at the same time continue shaping the armholes:

Keeping pattern correct, cast off 2 sts at the beginning of next 4 (4) 6 (6) 6 rows and then 1 st at the beginning of next 8 (8) 6 (8) 8 rows.

Continue following the chart until you have finished row 40. Change to yarn A, and work 6 rows in st st. Work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work the rest of the piece in st st.

When you have finished the armhole shapings you have 98 (106) 114 (118) 122 sts on the needle.

When the armhole measures 20 (21) 22 (22) 23 cm, on a RS row cast off centre 36 (36) 36 (38) 38 sts for back neck and work to end. Work each side of the neck separately and shape the first side in the following way:

Next row (WS): Work to end.

Next row (RS, starting at neck edge): Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Continue working straight until the armhole measures 22 (23) 24 (24) 25 cm. Cast off 28 (32) 36 (37) 39 sts for shoulder.

Work the other side to match, reversing the shapings.

Front

Work as for back but divide for neck as follows:

When the armhole measures 13 (14) 15 (15) 16 cm, work next RS row to centre 30 (30) 30 (32) 32 sts, place them on a holder and work to end. Then, work each side of the neck separately:

Next row (WS): Work to end.

Next row (RS, starting at neck egde): Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 2 sts, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Next row: Work to end.

Next row: Cast off 1 st, work to end.

Continue working straight and when the armhole measures 22 (23) 24 (24) 25 cm, cast off 28 (32) 36 (37) 39 sts for shoulder.

Work the other side to match, reversing the shapings.

Sleeves

(make 2)

Using yarn A, cast on 56 (58) 60 (62) 64 sts and work 7 cm in rib. Work 4 rows in st st.

Start following colourwork chart from row 1 and repeat the 2 st pattern to end. Work rows 2-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and continue in st st.

When the work measures 10 (9) 14 (12) 11 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat these increases every 2.5 (2.5) 2 (2) 2 cm for 15 (16) 18 (19) 20 times more = 88 (92) 98 (102) 106 sts.

When the work measures 47 (48) 49 (49) 50 cm, change to colourwork and work rows 1-4 of the chart. Change to yarn A, and work 4 rows in s st.

Start shaping the sleeve top:

Cast off 4 (4) 5 (6) 8 sts at the beginning on next 2 rows.

Change to colourwork starting from row 5 of the chart. Repeat the 4 st pattern and at the same time continue shaping the sleeve top:

Keeping pattern correct, cast off 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows, 2 sts at the beginning of next 4 rows, 1 st at the beginning of next 32 (34) 38 (40) 40 rows, 2 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows and 3 sts at the beginning of next 2 rows.

Continue following the chart until you have finished row 40. Change to yarn A, and work the rest of the piece in st st.

When you have finished shaping the sleeve top, cast off all sts.

Finishing

Lay pieces to measures on a flat surface with the WS facing, wet with a spray bottle and let dry.

Join shoulder seams.

Neck edge: Starting from either shoulder seam, using yarn A and circular needle, pick up and knit sts along both sides of the neck and sts on hold so that you have 106 (106) 106 (110) 110 sts on the needle. Work 6 cm in st st in the round. Cast off all sts using a stretchy cast-off method.

Join sleeve and side seams. Sew sleeves in place.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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