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Welcome to week 3 of our tiny sweater KAL. This week’s sweater features a candy cane. Buttons are made using one strand of white and one strand of red together to embroider the french knots. All of my sweaters will be knit in one piece with very little seaming if any at all. They are also made using only 3 double pointed needles. This is so much less awkward than using 4 or 5 double pointed needles on such a tiny garment.
Sweater is knit from the top down. Chart #1 is turned upside down to make it easier to follow.
Ssweater is approx. 3″ tall
- Size 2 Double pointed needles (set of 3)
- Sport Weight, dk, lace or DMC #5 pearl cotton weight yarn. 30 yards for main color and 1 yard each of 2 contrast colors. Yarn used in sample is Lion Brand Bon Bon Christmas collection in green, metallic red and white. .
- miniature doll coat hanger or Large paper clip to make your own coat hanger.
- 4 stitch markers
- large darning needle
pm= place marker
sm = slip marker
inc.= increase. Increases are made by knitting in front and back of stitch.
Row 1 p1, k1 across
Row 2: p1, k1 across
Row 3: Set up row for increases. k6 pm(left front) k2 pm (sleeve), k4 pm (back) , k2 pm (sleeve) k6 (right front)
Row 4: and every even row: Purl across, slipping markers as you work your way across the row.
Row 5: K to stitch before first marker, inc in stitch , sm, inc in stitch after marker, continue inc in the st before and the st after each marker, k to end. (28 sts)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4.
Rows 7-12: Repeat Rows 5 and 6. Your will have 10 sts on each front, 10 sts on each sleeve and 12 sts on the back. (52 sts) .
Work Rows 13-28 of chart on stitches before first marker (left front) and at the same time
Row 13: Repeat row 5
Row 14: Repeat row 6.
Row 15-18: Repeat rows 5 and 6, two more times until there are 13 sts on each front, 16 sts on each sleeve and 18 sts on the back. (76 sts) .
Row 19: Knit to first marker, slip sleeve sts onto a scrap piece of yarn, knit back sts, slip sleeve sts onto a scrap of yarn. Knit to the end.
Row 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 P across
Row 21, 23, 25, 27: K across
Row 29 and 30: K1, P1 across
Bind off all sts in K1 P1 ribbing.
Slip 16sts for first sleeve from waste thread onto 2 double pointed needles (8 sts on each). Hold the 2 needles parallel with the working yarn on the back needle. With a 3rd double pointed needle and green begin knitting on the first stitch on the front needle, K to end of first needle,turn so that stitches from second needle are facing you and join, knitting stitches from second needle, 1 round completed.
Knit 4 more rounds in green
Knit 2 rounds in red
Next 2 rounds with Green: k1, p1 across both needles.
Bind off all stitches in k1 p1 ribbing.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Weave in all ends and stitch up any holes under the armhole
Sew up 3/4 of the fronts together by overlapping the right side onto the left side, leaving about 3/4″ to 1″ open at the top. Using one of the contrast colors, make buttons by embroidering french knots (one strand of red and one strand of white held together) evenly spaced as shown in picture above. Don’t forget to add a personalized label.
Add miniature coat hanger and hang on tree.
Here is a video to make your own coat hangers out of large paper clips: