Sunday, 6 September 2015

Teddy Pumpkin Sweater





Summers over - what summer we had here in dear old blighty - and my thoughts have turned to patterns for the coming seasons.  So first up here is a cute little pumpkin sweater for Ted  for Halloween.  

The sweater is knit in double knitting yarn and takes about 75g of main colour with small amounts of orange, black and green.  

The pumpkin motif is made using the intarsia (colour block) method and if anyone is new to this here is a great tutorial

Intarsia for dummies      



I've also used a duplicate stitch for decorating the mouth, eyes, nose and mouth here's another link for this technique      duplicate stitch you tube


Please let me know if you find and mistakes on the pattern or have any queries. And when you've made the sweater please put a photo on Ravelry and link to my pattern.  Thanks



Pattern Teddy Pumpkin Sweater




Measurements:   to fit 15/16” Teddy Bear
Actual measurements:  Chest 16”, Length centre back 7”, Sleeve seam 3”
Materials: 75g double knitting yarn in main colour, oddments of orange yarn and small amount of black and green for motif ,  Needles size 3.25mm and 4mm, small button
Tension: 24sts - 30 rows to 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using no 4mm needles (or the size required to give correct tension.             
Abbreviations:  k: knit, p: purl, Ss: stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl), inc: increase, dc: decrease, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, tog: together, yon: yarn on needle
Note:  When knitting the motif, use a separate length of main colour yarn at each side of the motif to prevent lengths of yarn across the back of knitting.  Twist yarn when changing colour. 

Back

Using smaller needles and main, cast 46sts
Work 6 rows k1, p1 rib, inc 1st at end of last row   (47sts)
Change to larger needles *
Work 22 rows ss   (adjust length here if you want)
Armhole shaping
Next row:  Cast off 3sts at beg of next 2 rows 
Work 22 rows ss
Cast off 8sts at beg of next 2 rows
Fasten off yarn, leave 25sts on holder

Front

As back to *
Work 6 rows ss
Follow chart for pumpkin motif, centre at front, AT THE SAME TIME on row 23 (17 of chart) begin armhole shaping

Armhole shaping

Next row:  Cast off 3sts at beg of next 2 rows 
Work 8 rows ss
Shape neck
Next row:  k 13 turn
Continue for left front
** Dec 1st at neck edge on next 5 rows   (8sts)
Work 8 rows ss   Cast off.  Fasten off yarn
 Right font neck shaping
With right side facing, slip centre 15sts onto holder.  Re-join yarn and k 13sts
Work as left front from **

Sleeves (make 2)

Using smaller needles cast on 38sts
Work 4 rows k1, p1 rib, inc 1st at each end of last row    (40sts)
Change to larger needles
Work 20 rows ss, place a marker at each end of row 16  (work chart A on first 2 rows if required)
Cast off loosely

Neckband

Join left shoulder seam
Using smaller needles and with right side facing knit 25sts across back, pick up and knit 14sts down left front, knit 15sts at centre front, pick up and knit 14sts up right front.     (68sts)
Work 3 rows k1, p1 rib.
Next row:  (buttonhole) rib to last 2sts, yon, k2tog.
Cast off loosely in rib ( I use a size larger needle)

To Finish

Join right shoulder seam to 1.5” of neckband
Join sleeve seam to markers
Sew in sleeves evenly placing centre of sleeves to shoulder seams.
Sew button on neckband to correspond with buttonhole
Sew in all ends

Decorating Motif

Using black and  duplicate stitch embroider mouth, nose and eyes as on chart, and 
using green make stalk as chart.