Took Forever – But Fits Better

When I tried to make Bengalina a Christmas Sweater, the results were less than stellar. It looked cute in the front, but didn’t fit too well in back. It’s been two months now, and I think I finally worked out the bugs, just in time for . . .

. . . Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Tiger Sweater

Front:

            Cast on 38 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

            Row 3: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 32, knit 2 together, knit 1 – 36 Stitches

            Row 4: Purl

            Rows 5-10: Continue in stockinette stitch

            Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 30, knit 2 together, knit 1 – 34 stitches

            Row 12: Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl 28, purl 2 together, purl 1

Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 22, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 14:  Purl 1, purl 2 together purl 20, purl 2 together, purl 1

            Row 15: knit 1, knit 3 together, knit 18, knit 3 together, knit 1

            Row 16: Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl 16, purl 2 together, purl 1

            Rows 17 – 20: Work in straight stockinette stitch

            Row 21: Knit 3, cast off 14, knit 3

            Row 22: Purl first 3 stitches, slip last 3 on a holder

            Work 3 rows stockinette stitch with remaining 3 stitches

            Row 4: Purl 2 together, purl 1

            Row 5: Knit 2 together

            Cut yarn and draw it through the remaining loop

            Re-attach yarn to the other three stitches, starting on the wrong side

            Work 4 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row

            Row 5: Purl 1, purl 2 together

            Row 6: Knit 2 together, cut thread and draw it through the remaining loop

Right Side:

            Cast on 21 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

            Work 10 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row

            Row 11: Knit 18, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl

            Row 13: Knit 17, knit 2 together, knit 2

            Row 15: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 13, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 17: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 11, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Rows 18: Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl 12

            Row 19: Knit 3, cast off 11

Re attach yarn to remaining 3 stitches and work 3 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row.

            Row 4: Knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 5: Purl 2

            Row 6: Knit 2 together

            Cut yarn and draw through remaining loop

Left side:

             Cast on 21 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit1, purl 1 ribbing

            Work 10 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row

            Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 18

            Rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl

            Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 17

            Row 15: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 13, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 17: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 11, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Row 18: Purl 12, purl 2 together, purl 1

            Row 19: Cast off 11, knit 3

            With remaining 3 stitches, work 3 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row

            Row 4: Knit 1, knit 2 together

            Row 5: Purl 2

            Row 6: Knit 2 together

            Cut a tail and thread it through the remaining loop

           

Sleeves (make 2 alike)

            Cast on 30 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

            Row 3: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 24, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Rows 4-12: Work in straight stockinette stitch

            Row 13: Cast off 7, knit 14, cast off 7

            Re attach yarn to remaining 14 stitches

            Purl first row

            Second row: knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 8, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Third row: Purl 2 together across

            Fourth row: cast off

 

Finishing:  Sew side seams 2 and ¼ inches from the bottom. Sew on sleeves so the last few rows line up with the narrowest part of the shoulder.

Crochet around the neckline and edges of back right and left pieces.

First, I inster the hook (a size 7 in this case) into the first stitch of the part I want to edge.

Then I single-crochet across the neckline, picking up only the “front half” of each stitch I work into. You’re probably supposed to pick up both parts, in most cases, but this way just seems simpler to me.

Sew on 3 size 1 snaps for closure. Sew a heart appliqué or cut-out felt heart to the front of the sweater.

 

            Well, there she is – all dressed up and no place to go. On Tuesday, I’ll introduce you to someone who does have a date this Valentine’s Day, and he brought her roses (knitted roses of course).

 

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