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Knit a women's sweater

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Knit a women's sweater

Yarn – Bernat Softee Baby /light 3 /Net Weight - 240 g/ 992 yds (816 m)/about 2.5 balls needed
Needles – US 3, US 8
Size – US 4 – 6
Complexity – Intermediate
Video tutorial includes following steps:
Step 1
Cast on 160 stitches or multiples of 16 sts on one long US 8 knitting needle
Step 2
1st round – knit (k) all 160 stitches (sts) using a circular US 8 needles in the round.
Step 3
Begin to knit in the round making a mark where your rounds start
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds – knit all 160 sts
Step 4
6th round – k1 and purl (p) 1 to end
7th round – p1 and slip 1 to end
slip a st. - slide one stitch from the left needle to the right one without knitting it.
Alternate 6th and 7th rows for 20 rounds
Step 5
Knit all 160 stitches for 5 rounds
Step 6
Leaf pattern
1st round – k7, [skip 2, k14] to last 9 sts; skip2, k7
2nd round – knit all 160 sts
3rd round – k6, k2tog, yarn over (yo), pick up stitch* (ps), k2tog, [k12, k2tog, yo, ps, k2tog] to last 6 sts; k6
4th round –k5, k2tog, yo, k1 p1, yo, k2tog,[k10, k2tog, yo, k1,p1, yo,k2tog] to last 5sts; k5
5th round – k4, k2tog, yo, [k1 p1] twice, yo, k2tog,[k8, k2tog, yo, [ k1,p1] twice, yo, k2tog] to last 4sts; k4
6th round – k3, k2tog, yo, [k1 p1] 3 times, yo, k2tog,[k6, k2tog, yo, [k1,p1] 3 times, yo,k2tog] to last 3sts; k3
7th round – k3, skip 1, [k1 p1] 4 times, skip 1,[k6, skip 1, [k1,p1] 4 times, skip 1] to last 3sts; k3
8th round – k4, [p1, k1] 4 times; k4
*pick up a stitch - insert a needle under a yarn between two neighboring stitches, grab the yarn, and pull it through, resulting in one extra stitch on the right working needle.
Alternate 7th and 8th rounds for about 6 rounds
Step 7
Start decreasing
9th round - k3, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2tog, yo, [ k6, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 3 times, k2tog, yo] to end
10th round - k4, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 2 times, k2tog, yo, [ k8, yo, k2tog, [p1, k1] 2 times, k2tog, yo] to end
11th round - k5, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, k2tog, yo,[ k10, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, k2tog, yo] to end
12th round - k6, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, [k12, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo] to end
13th round - k7, yo, k2tog, [k14, yo, k2tog] to end
Knit all 160 sts to end for the next 5 rounds.
Step 8
Corn pattern
1st round – k1, p1 to end
2nd round – purl each knit stitch, and knit all purl stitches to end
Alternate 1st and 2nd rows for few rounds
Knit 160 sts for the following few rounds.
Step 9
Diamond pattern
To work this pattern you need to have multiples of 6 sts.
Pick up one stitch on both side of the sweater to have 162 sts.
1st, 4th, and 7th rounds – k5 and p1 to end
2nd, 5th rounds – k4, p1, k1, p1, [k3, p1, k1, p1] to end
3rd, 6th rounds – k2, p1, k3, p1, [k1, p1, k3, p1] to end
Knit all stitches for 5 rounds
Repeat Step 8
Knit 162 sts for several rounds
Step 10
Heart pattern
To work this pattern, it is necessary to have multiples of 9 sts.
1st round – k8, p1 to end
2nd round – k7, p1, k1, p1, [k6, p1, k1, p1] to end
3rd round – k5, p1, k3, p1, [k4, p1, k3, p1] to end
4th round – k3, p1, [k2, p1] to end
5th round – k3, p2, k1, p2, [k4, p2, k1, p2] to end
Knit all stitches for 6 rounds
Step 11
Front part
Use 80 sts
Cast 4 stitches off from the sleeve side of the sweater
Begin the bee cell pattern
1st row (wrong side) - p1, [yo, p2tog, p2] to last 2 stitches, p2tog
2nd row (right side) - bind 3 stitches off and knit all the remaining stitches
3rd row - skip 1, p3, [yo, p2tog, p2] to end
4th, 6th rows - knit all stitches to end
5th row - skip 1, p1, [yo, p2tog, p2] to last 2 sts, p2
Repeat rows 3 - 6
Step 12
Front shoulder
Leave 16 stitches or multiples of 4 sts for a shoulder, and slide onto a knitting needle the remaining stitches. If you don’t bind those sts off, it won’t be necessary to pick stitches up later on. In addition, that way the neck line will look nicer as well.
Work the bee cell pattern for about 2 inches, and cast off the 16 shoulder stitches.
Step 13
Back part and back shoulder parts
Repeat step 11 for the back of your sweater, using remaining 82 sts. Cast off 3 sts instead of binding off 4 stitches from both sleeve sides, and make the shoulder piece about 1 inch long and 16 sts wide.
Step 14
Connect the front and back shoulder pieces together.
Step 15
Slide back 16 stitches from the long knitting needle leaving still 48 stitches.
Attach the yarn, and work a second shoulder on the other side of the sweater.
Continue the bee cell pattern for about 2 inches for the front shoulder piece and 1 inch for the back one.
Cast off the 16 stitches, and connect the two shoulder pieces together.
Step 16
Work the neck.
Attach the yarn and pick up stitches from both shoulder sides.
Knit in round for about 5 rounds and cast all the stitches off.
Step 17
Attach the yarn to the sleeve side of the sweater.
Pick up about 48 stitches on double pointed/circular US 3 needles (do not knit tight). For the bee cell pattern you need to have a certain number of stitches that can be divided by 4 like 44, 48, or 52. In my case, I picked 46 stitches up initially and then reduced the number to 44.
Since you will knit in round the bee cell pattern, there won’t be wrong side. So, now instead of [yo, p2tog, p2], you should work [yo, k2tog, k2].
Knit the desired length of the sleeve.
Step 18
Knit all 44 sleeve stitches for about 5 rounds.
Repeat step 4, but work the ribbing pattern for about 10 rounds.
Knit all the stitches again for about 5 rounds (optional).
Cast off and secure the end of the yarn.