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Bear or Doll Holiday Sweater

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Knit a cute sweater to dress up a doll or bear at the holidays or anytime. This is a fun and quick sweater knitting pattern from Lily Sugar n' Cream for those learning how to cable.

Knit Bear or Doll Sweater


Materials:

  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream 4-Ply Worsted Weight 100% Cotton – Solids: 2½ oz/70.9 g/ Ombres: 2 oz/56.7 g.  2 (2) balls of Solids or Ombres.  5 yds/4.5 m of Contrast for Snowflake Motif
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 3¾ mm (U.S. 5) and 4½ mm (U.S. 7) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • 2 buttons

Size:
Finished chest

Small 13½" [34.5 cm] 15" [38 cm]
Medium 17" [43 cm] 19" [48 cm]

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins (10 cm) with larger needles in stocking st.

Stitch Glossary: C4B = slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then K2 from cable needle.

Instructions: The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).

BACK: With smaller needles cast on 39 (47) sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep these 2 rows (K1. P1) ribbing for 4 rows ending on a 2nd row and inc 2 sts evenly across last row. 41 (49) sts.

Change to larger needles proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). (K1. P1) 5 (7) times. P1. K4. P1. K9. P1. K4. P1. (P1. K1) 5 (7) times.
2nd row: (P1. K1) 5 (7) times. K1. P4. K1. P9. K1. P4. K1. (K1. P1) 5 (7) times.
3rd row: (P1. K1) 5 (7) times. P1. C4B. P1. K9. P1. C4B. P1. (K1. P1) 5 (7) times.
4th row: (K1. P1) 5 (7) times. K1. P4. K1. P9. K1. P4. K1. (P1. K1) 5 (7) times.
These 4 rows form pat.

Cont in pat until work from beg measures 3 () ins [7.5 (9) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.

Armhole shaping: Cast off 4 sts beg next and following row. 33 (41) sts.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures 6 (7) ins [15 (18) cm] ending with RS facing for next row.

Shoulder shaping: Cast off 6 (8) sts beg next 2 rows. Leave rem 21 (25) sts on a st holder.

FRONT: Work as given for Back until 10 rows less have been worked before beg of shoulder shaping, thus ending with RS facing for next row.

Neck shaping: Next row: Pat across 10 (13) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 (5) rows. 6 (8) sts.
Work 5 (4) rows even in pat, thus ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

With RS of work facing slip next 13 (15) sts from spare needle onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Keeping cont of panel pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 (5) rows. 6 (8) sts.
Work 5 (4) rows even in pat, thus ending with WS facing for next row. Cast off.

SLEEVES: With smaller needles cast on 25 (29) sts.
Work 4 rows in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back ending on a 2nd row and inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 29 (33) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
4th row: K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
These 4 rows form moss st pat.

Cont even in pat until sleeve from beg measures 3 () ins [7.5 (9) cm] ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

FINISHING: Neckband: Sew right shoulder seam. With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 7 sts down left front neck edge. Knit across 13 (15) sts from front st holder. Pick up and knit 7 sts up right front neck edge. Knit across 21 (25) sts from back st holder dec 3 sts evenly across. 45 (51) sts.
Beg and ending on a 2nd row, work 3 rows in (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back. Cast off in ribbing.
Sew left shoulder seam, leaving 1½ ins [4 cm] open from top of neckband.
Make 2 button loops, evenly spaced along front of shoulder opening. Sew buttons onto back of shoulder opening to correspond with button loops.
Place markers on front and back side edges 2¾ () ins [7 (9) cm] down from shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Duplicate st Snowflake motif on Front as shown in diagram.

Snowflake Chart

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