Easy Peasy Cotton Candy Sweater
Some of you have asked me for the pattern of my loose fit sweater, so I am trying to write up what I did. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns, I am still new to this ;) The sweater is called Cotton Candy because it is soft, pink, and loose fit, so you could eat a lot of it.. I would LOVE it if you tagged me in your result <3
- 1. 11/12 balls of 100% Merino a 100g, Needle size 6mm-7mm.
- To be specific, I used OnLine Star Wool 13 Big, Colour Number 14, which you can buy here: http://www.loveknitting.com/online-linie-13-starwool-big
- 2. 1 set of circular knitting needles Size 7mm (For front and back)
- 3. 1 set of circular knitting needles size 5mm (For sleeves. Optional, I think 7mm would work, too).
- 4. 5mm crochet hook OR Sewing Needle. I prefer crocheting parts together.
This sweater is made for size M. It is quite loose, if you want it in a larger size I would add 5-10 rows in length, but not necessarily in width. For Size S I would cast on 60 instead of 66 for front and back and keep measurements for sleeves and length.
You need to know how to do:
- Knit & Purl
- Cast on/ off
- Moss increase (Knit and purl into same stich)
- Stocking stitch (switch between knit and purl each row to make one side knitted and the other purled)
- Garter stitch (knit each row, right and wrong side to get the "stripes" in upper part of sweater)
Front: (Needle Size 7mm)
- Row 1: Cast on 66 loosely. (Turn work after each row)
- Row 2-7: Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 1… etc.
- Row 8: Knit all
- Row 9: Purl all.
- Row 10-37: Switch between knit and purl, so front is fully knitted and back is purled.
- Row 38-64: Only knit. The change in pattern is called Garter stich.
- Row 65: Cast off.
Back: (Needle Size 7mm)
I made the back 12 rows longer than the front, but if you want it in one length, just repeat “Front”.
- Row 1: Cast on 54 For the following rows (2-13) add one to each row, to get to 66.
- Row 2-7: Purl into first stich, but leave loop on the hook. Bring yarn to the back and knit into same loop. This will lead to an increase of one loop. Continue with switching between knit and purl.
- Row 8: You should have 60 loops on your needle, Keep increasing by 1 each row, but knit all.
- Row 9: Increase by one, purl all.
- Row 10-13: Repeat Rows 8 &9.
- Row 14-49: Your total should be 66 sts by now, just like "front". Stop Increasing. Switch between knit and purl each row, so front is fully knitted and back is purled.
- Row 50-76: Only knit. The change in pattern is called Garter stich.
- Row 77: Cast off.
Sleeves (Switch to needle size 5mm)
- Row 1(RS): Cast on 26 sts.
- Row 2: Purl.
- Row 3: Purl
- Row 4: Knit.
- Row 5: Knit.
- Row 6: Purl.
- Row 7: Purl.
- Row 8: Knit
- *Pattern Change*
- Row 9,11,13, 15: Knit. (Knit all uneven numbered rows)
- Row 10,12,14,16: Purl
- Row 17: Moss Increase by 1 st. (Purl into 1st st, leave loop on the needle, bring yarn in back, knit into same loop). Knit rest of row.
- Row 18. Increase Row by 1, Purl rest of row.
- Row 19-26: Repeat row 9-16
- Row 27 & 28: Repeat Row 17 & 18.
- Row 29-32: switch between knit and purl.
- Total number of stitches is 32.
- Row 33: cast off 6. Knit rest.
- Row 34: Cast of 6. Purl rest.
- Row 35: Cast off 4. Knit rest.
- Row 36: Cast off 4: Purl rest.
- Row 37: Cast off 4. Knit rest.
- Row 38: Cast off 4: Purl rest
- Row 39: Cast off remaining 4.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Sew / Crochet together
Seam sweater on parts shown in the graphic. Turn all pieces inside out, so the stitching is inside. For the collar I seamed 18 stitches from left and 18 stitches from right , and left a total of 30 stitches free (The front and back pieces both are 66 sts wide).
Sew in ends.
Good luck! If you have questions or do not understand what I mean, please contact me through Instagram, Email, or leave a comment. Good luck!