Rainy Day Sweater / DROPS 210-5 – Free knitting patterns by DROPS Design
NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm – click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for “crochet terms” here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:
GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge vertically = knit 2 rows.
See diagram A.1.
DECREASE TIP-1 (evenly):
To calculate how to decrease evenly, use the total number of stitches on row (e.g. 89 stitches) and divide stitches by number of decreases to be done (e.g. 12) = 7.4.
In this example decrease by knitting approx. every 6th and 7th stitch together.
DECREASE TIP–2 applies to neck decrease front piece.
Decrease inside 3 stitches, continue these 3 stitches in stockinette stitch up along neck edge. All decreases are done from the right side.
Decrease as follows before stitches slipped on a stitch holder for neck (left shoulder).
Work until 5 stitches on needle (towards stitches slipped on a stitch holder), knit 2 together, work the last 3 stitches on needle in stockinette stitch.
Decrease as follows after stitches slipped on a stitch holder for neck (right shoulder).
Work 3 stitches in stockinette stitch, slip next stitch knitwise, knit next stitch, pass slipped stitch over, work the rest of row.
INCREASE TIP (applies to sleeves):
Begin 1 stitch before marker thread, make 1 yarn over, 2 stitches (marker thread is in the middle of these stitches), make 1 yarn over. On next round knit yarns over twisted to avoid holes.
START THE PIECE HERE:
SWEATER – SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Work sweater back and forth in 2 parts that are sewn together when finished. Work sleeves in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 89-97-103-113-125-137 stitches on circular needle size 4.5 mm = US 7 with Air. Purl 1 row from wrong side, then work as follows from right side: 2 edge stitches in in GARTER STITCH – see explanation above, * knit 1/purl 1 *, repeat from *-* until 3 stitches remain, knit 1 and 2 stitches in garter stitch. Continue like this until piece measures 8 cm = 3 1/8”. Switch to circular needle size 5.5 mm = US 9. Knit 1 row from right side while decreasing 12-14-14-16-18-20 stitches evenly – READ DECREASE TIP-1 = 77-83-89-97-107-117 stitches. Work A.1 with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch in each side. When piece measures 43-44-45-46-47-48 cm = 17″-17 1/4″-17 3/4″-18″-18 1/2″-19″, bind off for armholes in each side. Bind off stitches at beginning of every row in each side: Bind off 3 stitches 1-1-1-1-1-1 time, 2 stitches 1-1-1-1-1-1 time and 1 stitch 1-1-2-2-2-3 times = 65-71-75-83-93-101 stitches. Continue in A.1 until piece measures 60-62-64-66-68-70 cm = 23 5/8″-24 3/8″-25 1/4″-26″-26 3/4″-27 1/2″. Now bind off the middle 27-27-29-31-33-35 stitches for neck, and finish each shoulder separately. Then decrease on next row from the neck as follows: 1 stitch 1 time = 18-21-22-25-29-32 stitches remain for shoulder. Continue until piece measures 62-64-66-68-70-72 cm = 24 3/8″-25 1/4″-26″-26 3/4″-27 1/2″-28 3/8”, and bind off. Work the other shoulder the same way.
Cast on and work as on back piece until piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm = 21 1/4″-22″-22 3/4″-23 5/8″-24 3/8″-25 1/4″. Now slip the middle 17-17-19-21-23-25 stitches on 1 stitch holder for neck, and finish each shoulder separately. Then decrease every row from the neck as follows: 1 stitch 6 times – READ DECREASE TIP-2 (applies to neck) = 18-21-22-25-29-32 stitches remain for shoulder. Continue until piece measures 62-64-66-68-70-72 cm = 24 3/8″-25 1/4″-26″-26 3/4″-27 1/2″-28 3/8”, and bind off. Work the other shoulder the same way.
Work sleeves in the round on double pointed needles/ circular needle, bottom up. Divide piece when decreasing for sleeve cap and work back and forth on needle.
Cast on 46-48-50-52-52-56 stitches on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm = US 7 with Air. Knit 1 round, then work rib, knit 1/purl 1. When piece measures 8 cm = 3 1/8”, switch to double pointed needles size 5.5 mm = US 9, and work in stockinette stitch On first round in in stockinette stitch decrease 8-8-8-8-8-10 stitches evenly = 38-40-42-44-44-46 stitches. Insert a marker thread at beginning of round = mid under sleeve. Continue in stockinette stitch, AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 10-10-10-10-12-12 cm = 4”-4”-4”-4”-4 3/4”-4 3/4”, increase 1 stitch on each side of marker thread – READ INCREASE TIP. Work yarn overs twisted on next round to avoid holes. Increase every 3½-3½-3-3-2-2 cm = 1 1/4”-1 1/4”-1 1/8”-1 1/8”-3/4”-3/4” 11-12-13-13-15-15 times in total = 60-64-68-70-74-76 stitches. When piece measures 50-49-49-48-45-44 cm = 19 3/4”-19 1/4”-19 1/4”-19”-17 3/4”-17 1/4”, bind off 3 stitches on each side of marker thread (= 6 stitches bind off mid under sleeve), then work sleeve back and forth. Bind off for sleeve cap at beginning of every row in each side as follows: 2 stitches 1 time, 3 stitches 1 time, then bind off the remaining stitches. Work another sleeve the same way.
Sew the shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew side seams inside 1 edge stitch until 8 cm = 3 1/8” remain = vent.
Pick up approx. 92-106 stitches around the neck (including stitches on stitch holder and adapt so that the number of stitches is divisible by 2). Work rib knit 1/purl 1 for 9 cm = 3 1/2”. Bind off. Fold rib at the top of neck down on the inside of garment. Fasten rib to form a folding edge. To avoid a tight neck edge and avoiding the edge to tip outwards, it is important to make the seam elastic.
This pattern has been corrected. Click here to see the correction/s.. Updated online: 16.04.2020
Correction: Edited length measurements up to armhole and neck on front and back piece.
All measurements in charts are in cm.