Back to School 2-fer!

 

Topsy and Toby prepare to go back to school at my alma mater, Rockford College! Here are the patterns for their letter sweater and cheerleading uniform.

I used size 8 needles for both these patterns. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft (main color) contrasted with Impecable (white).

Cheerleader Outfit

            Back:

                        Cast on 20 stitches

                        Work 12 rows stockinette stitch (or until piece measures 2 inches) ending with a

                        purl row.

                        Row 13: knit 1, knit 2 tog,  knit 14, knit 2 tog, knit 1

                        Row 14: Purl 4, cast off 12 purlwise, and purl 4

                        Slip last 4 stitches on a holder

                        Work 7 rows stockinette stitch on right side

 Bind off

                        Re-attach yarn to left side

                        Work 7 rows stockinette stitch

                        Bind off.

                       

            Front (Underside)

                        Right side

                                    Cast on 8 stitches

Work 12 rows stockinette stitch (or until piece measures 2 inches) ending with a purl row.

Row 13: knit 1, knit 2 tog, knit 5

Row 14: Bind off 3, purl 4

With remaining 4 stitches, work 8 rows stockinette stitch

Bind off

                        Left side

                                    Cast on 8 stitches

Work 12 rows stockinette stitch (or until piece measures 2 inches) ending with a purl row.

Row 13: Knit 5, knit 2 tog, knit 1

Row 14: Purl 4, bind off 3 ( you will have to purl six at first because the bind off stitch takes up two stitches)

Break off yarn

Reattach yarn and work 8 rows stockinette stitch

Bind off

                       

                        Skirt:

                                    Cast on 64 stitches

                                    Knit 3 rows

                                    Break off yarn

                                    Purl the next row in a contrasting color

                                    Break off yarn

Re-attach original color and work in stockinette stitch for 6 rows or until the piece measures almost 2 inches.

Break off yarn

DO NOT BIND OFF!

Cut a long tail and thread it through all the stitches.

                                   

                        Finishing/ Assembly:

                                    Sew side seams approximately one inch on the right side.

                                    Sew shoulder seams on the wrong side.

Loosely gather the skirt and carefully sew it to the top “vest” part of the dress.

Hint: The skirt has about twice as many stitches as the bodice, so pick up two loops from the bottom for every one stitch you go through on the top.

Attach three snaps, or desired number, remembering to check the placement of each on the dog before sewing them permanently.

If desired, sew the letter of your school or favorite team on the back. Do not use an iron-on letter because most yarn cannot be ironed.

                       

Letter Sweater

            Back:

                        Cast on 25 stitches

                        Knit 3 rows.

                        Break off yarn.

                        Row 4: Knit with a contrasting color.

                        Break off yarn.

Re-attach original color and work in stockinette stitch starting with a purl row until work measures 23/4 inches or desired size (about 13 rows).

 

Left side:

                        Cast on 8 stitches

                        Knit 3 rows

                        Break off yarn

                        Knit the next row in a contrasting color

                        Row 13: Knit 5, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 14: Purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1

                        Row 15: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 16: Purl 2 together, purl 3

Work 8 more rows in stockinette stitch, then bind off and mark this side with a pin.

            Right side:

Cast on 8 stitches

                        Knit 3 rows

                        Break off yarn

                        Knit the next row in a contrasting color

                        Row 13: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 5

                        Row 14Purl 1 purl 2 together, purl 4

Row 15: Knit 1, knit 2 together knit 3

Row 16: Purl 3, purl 2 together

Work 8 more rows in stockinette stitch, then bind off.

            Sleeves (Make 2)

                        Cast on 26 stitches

                        Knit 3 rows, break off yarn

                        Purl next row in the contrasting color

                        Break off yarn then re-attach original color

                        Work in stockinette stitch until the piece measures almost two and a half inches

Bind off

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One Response to Back to School 2-fer!

  1. Benny Beagle says:

    So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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