Alice sweater

knitting pattern

The Alice sweater is worked from the bottom up. The body is worked in the round to the underarms. Then the back and front are separated. The shoulders are sewn together with the horizontal seam. The sleeves are worked in the round, from the stitches that are picked up around the armhole edge.

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Sizes

To fit bust circumference:

Size 1 – 82-87 cm [32-34”]
Size 2 – 92-97 cm [36-38”]
Size 3 – 102-107 cm [40-42”]

Materials and tools

Yarn:

A – light blue: Nako CALICO. 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.  100g [3.5 oz] = 245 m [268 yds]. 2(3-3) skeins.

B – ivory: Nako CALICO. 50% cotton, 50% acrylic.  100g [3.5 oz] = 245 m [268 yds]. 4(5-5) skeins.

C: Kutnor SHINE PAIL. 98% cotton, 2% sequins. 50 g [1.8 oz] = 120 m [131 yds]. 1 skein.

Circular knitting needles 4.5 mm [US 7], 80 cm [32″] and 40 cm [16″] long.

Double pointed needles 4.5 mm [US 7].

Sewing needle.

Stitch markers.

Gauge (Tension)

In Stockinette stitch:

10 cm [4”] = 22 stitches, 29 rows.

Instructions

The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus (). Example: size 1(size 2-size 3). If there is only one number given, it applies to all sizes.

Edge stitches:

  • knit the first and the last stitch of the right-side row,
  • purl the first and the last stitch of the wrong-side row.

Work in pattern (as established) means that you will work as previously stated, without changing the position of the pattern.

BOR – beginning of the round.

K – knit.

K2togL – knit 2 stitches together left leaning.

K2togR – knit 2 stitches together right leaning.

P – purl.

RS – right side.

SM – slip the marker onto a right-hand needle.

WS wrong side.

1×1 ribbing: P1, K1. Repeat to the end of the round.

Stockinette stitch:

For working in the round: knit.

For working back and forth: RS – knit, WS – purl.

Stitch no.3:

For working in the round:

  • Round 1: knit.
  • Round 2: purl.
Body

With colour A and circular needles 80 cm [32″] long, cast on 220(242-264) stitches using the long tail cast on technique.

Join for working in the round and place the BOR marker.

Work 17 rounds in 1×1 ribbing. 5 cm [2″].

Next 84 rounds: work in Stockinette stitch. 34 cm [13½”] from the cast on edge.

Cut the yarn A, join 1 strand of yarn B and 1 strand of yarn C. Next, you will work with yarn B and yarn C held together.

Next 18 rounds: work in Stitch no.3.

Cut the yarn C.

Next 2 rounds: work in Stockinette stitch.

Separate back and front

With sewing needle, place 110(121-132) stitches of the front on hold onto a waste yarn. Next, you will work the back in Stockinette stitch, back and forth, starting from the WS row.

Back

Work 49(53-57) rows in Stockinette stitch, ending on a WS row.

Cast off.

Front

Place 110(121-132) stitches of the front onto the needles again. With the WS facing, join the yarn.

Starting from the WS row, work 29(33-37) rows in Stockinette stitch.

Shape the neckline:

Row 1 (RS): K the edge stitch, K48(52-57), cast off next 12(15-16) stitches, K to the end of the row.

Next you will work 2 parts of the front separately. Leave the stitches of the left front on the needles and work with the right front.

Row 2 and every following WS row: P the edge stitch, P until you have 1 stitch left, slip the last stitch with yarn in front.

Row 3 (RS): cast off 4 stitches, K to the end of the row.

Row 5 (RS): cast off 3 stitches, K to the end of the row.

Rows 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 (RS): cast off 2 stitches, K to the end of the row.

Rows 17, 19 (RS): cast off 1 stitch, K to the end of the row.

Row 20 (WS): P to the end of the row.

Cast off 30(34-39) stitches.

Next you will work the left front. With the WS facing, join yarn to the remaining stitches.

Row 1 (WS): P to the end of the row.

Row 2 and every following RS row: K the edge stitch, K until you have 1 stitch left, slip the last stitch with yarn in back.

Row 3 (WS): cast off 4 stitches, P to the end of the row.

Row 5 (WS): cast off 3 stitches, P to the end of the row.

Rows 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 (WS): cast off 2 stitches, P to the end of the row.

Rows 17, 19 (WS): cast off 1 stitch, P to the end of the row.

Cast off 30(34-39) stitches.

Sleeves

There are two ways for making the sleeves. You can work with double pointed needles or with the circular needles, using the magic loop method.

Sew the shoulder seams.

With the RS facing, pick up 78(84-92) stitches around the armhole edge. Place the BOR marker.

Work 30(24-16) rounds in Stockinette stitch.

✓ Next round (decrease): SM, K1, K2togL, work in pattern until you have 3 stitches before the marker, K2togR, K1.

Next 15(13-9) rounds: work in Stockinette stitch. ✓

Repeat from ✓ to ✓ until you have 66(70-72) stitches left.

Continue working in Stockinette stitch until the sleeve measures 44.5(43-41.5) cm [17½(17-16¼)”] from the armhole edge (approx. 126(122-118) rounds).

Next 16 rounds: work in 1×1 ribbing.

Cast off in ribbing.

Collar

With the RS facing and beginning from the middle of the back neck edge, pick up 108(114-116) stitches around the neckline edge.

Work 18 rounds in 1×1 ribbing.

Cast off in ribbing.