Cozy up to the coldest of days—in this comfy knit sweater with its country hearts garland.
- 4-ply worsted-weight yarn in 3-ounce skeins (Marion used Red Heart yarn)—6 (6,7) skeins of blue-grey (Color A), 1 skein of wine (Color B)
- 9 yards 4-ply worsted-weight gold yarn or other contrasting color yarn of choice or 1/2 yard of purchased cord
- 48-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide wine grosgrain ribbon or color to match hearts
- Size 6 knitting needles
- Size 10 knitting needles
- Hand-sewing needle
- Tapestry needle
- Wine hand-sewing thread or color to match hearts
- Gold hand-sewing thread or color to match cord
- 4 safety pins
- Tape measure
GAUGE: 4 stitches = 1 inch.
- With smaller needles and color A, cast on 78 (70, 86) sts. Work *k 2, p 2* ribbing for 2-1/2 in. Change to larger needles.
- Odd Rows (1, 3, 5, etc.): K across.
- Even Rows (2, 4, 6, etc.): P across.
- Repeat odd and even rows until piece measures 15 (14, 16) in. Place a safety pin at each edge of last row to mark armholes. Continue working even until armholes measure 9 (8, 10) in., ending with a wrong-side (p) row.
- Shaping back neck: K across 29 (26, 32) sts, attach a second strand of yarn; bind off center 20 (18, 22) sts, k remaining 29 (26, 32) sts. Working both sides separately, at the same time, dec 1 st each neck edge every row three times—26 (23, 29) sts remain. Bind off remaining sts.
- Work same as back until armholes measure 6 (5, 7) in., ending with a p row.
- Shaping front neck: K across 31 (28, 34) sts, attach a second strand of yarn; bind off center 16 (14, 18) sts, k remaining 31 (28, 34) sts. Working both sides separately, at the same time, dec 1 st each neck edge every other row five times—26 (23, 29) sts remain. Work even until armholes measure same as back. Bind off all sts.
- Using tapestry needle and blue-grey yarn, hand-stitch front and back together at one shoulder with narrow 1/4-in. seam. Weave in loose ends.
- With right side facing, using color A and smaller needles, pick up 82 (78, 86) sts around neck edge. Work *k 2, p 2* ribbing for 2-1/2 in. Bind off in ribbing.
- Using tapestry needle and blue-grey yarn, hand-stitch other front and back shoulder edge and neck ribbing together as before. Weave in loose ends.
- With larger needles and color A, cast on 68 (64, 72) sts. Work odd and even rows until sleeve measures
- 2 in. Dec 1 st each edge every fifth row 13 times—42 (38, 46) sts remain. Work even until sleeve measures 16 (15-1/2, 16-1/2) in., ending with a p row.
- Change to smaller needles. Work k 2, p 2 ribbing for 2 in. Bind off all sts in ribbing.
- Work second sleeve in same manner.
- Using tapestry needle and blue-grey thread, hand-stitch one sleeve in each armhole with narrow 1/4-in. seam. Weave in loose ends. In same manner, stitch each side-and-sleeve seam in one continuous seam. Weave in loose ends.
- Following the Heart Chart, work hearts in duplicate st using tapestry needle, with color B, as shown here: Duplicate Stitch. Work center heart 2-1/2 in. below neck ribbing at center front. Work left and right hearts over 10 sts and up 8 sts from center heart.
- Cut gold yarn into three 3-yard pieces. Using three strands of yarn, finger-crochet three 6-in. ties. Thread yarn tails into ends. Or cut purchased cord into three 6-in. lengths. Tie each one into a bow. Use matching thread to hand-stitch bows to hearts. Knot ends.
- Cut one 24-in. length of wine grosgrain ribbon. Thread ribbon onto tapestry needle and tie a loose knot 2 in. from end of ribbon.
- Leaving tail of ribbon on the inside of sweater, make one small 1/4-in. stitch on the outside top edge of one of the side hearts.
- On the inside of sweater, bring ribbon to opposite top edge of heart.
- On the outside, make several large, loose 1/2-in. to 3/4-in. backstitches to the top edge of center heart. See Back Stitch for backstitch. Continue to “join” hearts, as in photo.
- Adjust, if necessary, so ribbon stitches do not pull and distort sweater front. Finish off with a small 1/4-in. stitch. Tie a loose knot on inside close to sweater. Trim ribbon, leaving a 2-in. tail.
- Cut two 12-in. pieces of ribbon and slip one through each of the small stitches at each outside heart edge. Tie two small bows, as in photo, and secure with a couple of hand-stitches using hand-sewing needle and matching thread. Trim ends to desired length.
FINISHED SIZE: Directions are for size Medium. Changes for sizes Small and Large are in parentheses. Actual chest measurements are 40 (36, 44) inches.
- dec decrease
- k knit
- p purl
- st(s) stitch(es)
Knit Heart Sweater from Marion Kelley of Lansing, Michigan