Flower Sweater

Short-Sleeve Flower Sweater

(Worked on size 8 needles with Red Heart Grape Ivy worsted –weight yarn)

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 5-6: Continue in stockinette stitch

            Row 7: Knit 16, knit two together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 16

            Row 8: Purl (but knit into the first loop of each yarn over twice)*

                        *This goes for ALL purl rows in the flower design part of the sweater.

Row 9: Knit 14, knit two together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 2 together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 14

            Row 10: Purl

Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 13, knit 2 together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 13, 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 7, knit 2 together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 2together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 7, 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 7, knit 2 together, yarn over twice, slip slip knit, knit 7, 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 15 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

            Work 16 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row

            Row 17: Knit 12, knit 2 together, knit 1

            Rows 18: Purl

            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 15 stitches

            Work 2 rows knit1, purl 1 ribbing

            Work 16 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row

            Row 17: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 12

            Row 18: Purl

            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 4-6: Work in straight stockinette stitch

            Row 7: 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.

(It’s very dry here, as you can see. Some of these clover flowers are so parched they look like carmel corn. So much for meadows and grapevines!)

 

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. Sew on 3 size 1 snaps for closure. If desired, sew a piece of felt or other fabric under the flower design to make it stand out.

 

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