Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Eyelet yoke toddler jumper- a free pattern!

As promised in my last post, here is my free pattern for Little One's eyelet-yoked jumper. Knitted in the round, this was pretty quick to make, taking me about a week of evening knitting.  As it's knitted top-down, it can be made to any length- just keep knitting until it's as long as you want it (or you run out of yarn!).





I call her Little One, but really this would fit most 2-3 year olds comfortably!  The looser knit over the rows of eyelet pattern give the yoke and sleeves a little extra puff and adds a nice chunky texture.



Yarn used: 300g Ancora Creativa Cotton DK (knits up more like a worsted or aran weight)
Needles: 4mm and 4.5mm circular needles (US sizes 6 and 7)
Tension: 17st over 4" (10cm) on larger needles
Finished chest measures 24", designed to fit 21-22" chest with ease.

Abbreviations:
K knit; P purl; KFB knit into front and back of same stitch to increase; PM place marker; YO yarn over needle; Sl1 slip 1 stitch; Psso pass slipped stitch over; tog together; Inc increase

Cast on 64 st with 4mm needles. Beginning of round is at centre back of neck.

Yoke:
Work a 2x2 rib *K2, P2* for 10 rounds
Change to larger needles.
Round 11: *K1, KFB,P2* (80 st)
Rd 12:  Knit
Rd 13: Knit
Rd 14: *K4, KFB* (96 st)
Rd 15: Knit
Rd 16: *K2, KFB* (128 st)
Rd 17:  *K4, KFB, K2, KFB*  (160 st)
Rd 18: Purl
Rd 19: *YO, P2tog* to end
Rd 20: Purl
Knit 3 rows
These 6 rows set the eyelet pattern. Repeat pattern twice (three rows eyelets)

Sleeves:
Rd 36: K20, PM, K40, PM, K40, PM, K40, PM, K20
Rd 37: K to marker, *K1, Sl1, K1, Psso* to marker, K40, *K2tog, K1* to marker, K20
Rd 38: Repeat previous row
Rd 39: K20, work *K1 P1* rib to marker, K40, *K1, P1* to marker, K20
Repeat for a further 4 rows.
Rd 44: K20, cast off ribbing to marker, K40, cast of ribbing to marker, K20
Rd 45: K20, Cast on 10, K40, Cast on 10, K20
Knit 4 rows

Body/ Skirt:
Rd 50: K24, Inc, PM, K2, PM, Inc, K48, Inc, PM, K2, PM, Inc, K24 
The 2 stitches between markers sets the side seam effect of the jumper (see image below).
Knit 3 rows
Increase once at markers on next and every following 4th row, until jumper is desired length. If knitting as a dress, you may want to knit without further increases once the desired hem width is achieved.

Side seam effect: Increase at either side of same 2 stitches


Hem:
Knit 6 rows seed stitch.
Odd rows: *K1, P1*
Even rows: *P1, K1*
Cast off using a fairly loose or stretchy method. This is the method I used here.


I haven't re-tested this pattern yet, so do let me know if you come across any errors!

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