Peppermint Lollipop Sweater

This red and white sweater is a fun festive knit for the baby or toddler in your life. It is knit from the bottom up and features candy-striped sleeves.

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: 3 months (6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 2-3 Years)

Finished chest size: 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 22)” to fit \ chest size18 (19, 20, 21, 22, 24)”.

2” negative ease recommended.

Shown in size 2-3 years.

Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.

Materials:

Yarn: Red Heart Soft (100% Acrylic Yarn; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams]: E728_9925 Really Red (A), 2 balls; E728_4600 White (B), 1 ball. (YARN WEIGHT #4)

Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular and DPNS.

Notions: Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle; seven ¾” white buttons.

Special Stitches

K2, P2 Rib

Row 1: K2, p2; rep from * for entire row.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat from the bottom up on circular needles. The sleeves will be work in the round on DPNs.

Pattern

With circular needles and A, CO 76 (80, 84, 88, 92, 100) sts.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 8 rows.

Beg working in St st until Sweater meas 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8½)” from CO edge, ending on a WS row.

Set piece aside.

Sleeves (make 2)

With DPNs and A, CO 24 (28, 28, 32, 32, 36) sts, pm, join for working in the rnd.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 8 rnds.

Beg working in St st

With A, work 4 rnds.

With B, work 4 rnds.

Rep these last 8 rnds until Sleeve meas 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8)” from CO edge.

Place first 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts and last 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts on stitch holder – 18 (22, 22, 24, 24, 28) sts.

Joining Row (RS): With A and starting at the Front Left of Sweater, k16 (17, 18, 18, 19, 21) sts, place next 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts on stitch holder, pm, k18 (22, 22, 24, 24, 28) sts from Left Sleeve, pm, k32 (34, 36, 36, 38, 42) sts from Back of Sweater, pm; place next 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts on stitch holder, k18 (22, 22, 24, 24, 28) sts from Right Sleeve, pm, k16 (17, 18, 18, 19, 21) sts – 100 (112, 116, 120, 124, 140) sts.

Work back and forth in St st 5 rows.

Yoke

Dec Row (RS): *K to 2 sts from m, k2tog, sm, ssk; rep from * 3 more times – 92 (104, 108, 112, 116, 132) sts.

Work 5 rows in St st.

Next Row (RS): Rep Dec Row – 84 (96, 100, 104, 108, 124) sts.

Next Row: Purl.

Next Row: Rep Dec Row – 76 (88, 92, 96, 100, 116) sts.

Rep last 2 rows until 36 (32, 36, 32, 36, 36) sts rem.

Sl rem sts to stitch holder.

Buttonband

Right Edge

With RS facing, pick up 52 (52, 52, 72, 72, 72) sts along the edge of Sweater.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 7 rows.

BO sts.

With RS facing, pick up 52 (52, 52, 72, 72, 72) sts along the edge of Sweater.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 3 rows.

Buttonhole Row: K2, p2, yo, k2tog, *p2, k2, p2, k2, yo, p2tog, k2, p2, k2, p2, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k2, p2.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 3 rows.

BO sts.

Collar

Pick up 4 (6, 4, 6, 4, 4) sts along top of Left Buttonband, k36 (32, 36, 32, 36, 36) sts, pick up 4 (6, 4 ,6, 4, 4) sts along top of Left Buttonband – 44 (44, 44, 44, 44, 44) sts.

Work in K2, P2 Rib patt for 6 rows.

BO loosely.

Finishing

Using Kitchener st, seam armholes.

Weave in ends. Block to measurements.

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