Festive Unicorn of the Sea Sweater

Narwhals are great, but have you seen a narwhal wearing a Santa hat? Now you have! This festive little narwhal takes the original Unicorn of the Sea Sweater from February 2018 and adds on an adorable Santa hat. Made with the intarsia technique and worked flat from the bottom up, this whimsical sweater is a must-have project for the holidays.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 24 (26.25, 27.75, 29, 30.5)” to fit bust 20.75 (23, 25, 26.5, 28)”

2” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 26.25”

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking.

Materials

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK (100% Merino Wool; 114 yards [105 meters]/50 grams): 23019 Duck Egg (MC 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) balls), 23003 Black (CC1, 1 ball), 23081 Sea Green (CC2, 1 ball), 23001 White (CC3, 1 ball), 23002 Ecru (CC4, 1 ball), 23012 Scarlet (CC5, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm) straight; US size 4 (3.5 mm) straight

Notions: Yarn bobbins, markers (2), tapestry needle, chart row marker

Special Stitches

2 x 2 Ribbing

Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 (WS): *P2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern Notes

The Festive Narwhal Sweater is worked flat from the bottom up in pieces, then seamed before adding the neckband. The festive narwhal is incorporated using the intarsia technique.

Pattern

Back

With MC and smaller needles, CO 66 (74, 78, 82, 86) sts.

Work in 2 x 2 Ribbing (worked flat) for 1.5”, ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles.

Row 1 (RS): K17 (19, 20, 21, 22), m1 (0, 0, 0, 0), k32 (36, 38, 40, 42), m1 (0, 0, 0, 0), k17 (19, 20, 21, 22). (68 (74, 78, 82, 86) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl.**

Work 48 (52, 58, 68, 76) rows in St st, ending with a WS row. At this point Back should meas 8 (8.5, 9.5, 11, 12)”.

Note: If you wish to add extra length to the body of the jumper, work extra rows here in St st, then add the same number of rows to the Front of the jumper before incorporating the chart.

BO 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. (58 (64, 68, 72, 76) sts)

Work 8 (8, 6, 6, 8) rows in St st, ending with a WS row.

Raglan Decreases

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 56 (62, 66, 70, 74) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Work Rows 1-2, 11 (13, 15, 17, 18) more times. (34 (36, 36, 36, 38) sts)

BO all sts loosely.

Front

Work same Back to **.

Work 14 (20, 26, 36, 46) rows in St st, and the same number of extra rows you may have added to the Back for length, ending with a WS row.

Chart Placement

Next Row (RS): K12 (15, 17, 19, 21), pm, work next 44 sts from the Festive Narwhal chart, pm, k12 (15, 17, 19, 21).Cont in St st, working the appropriate row of chart between the stitch markers until you have worked a total of 34 (32, 32, 32, 30) rows of the Festive Narwhal chart.

Cont working the Narwhal chart patt between the markers, while working the armhole and raglan rows.

BO 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. (58 (64, 68, 72, 76) sts)

Work 8 (8, 6, 6, 8) rows in St st, ending with a WS row.

Raglan Decreases

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 56 (62, 66, 70, 74) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Work Rows 1-2, 1 (3, 5, 7, 8) more times. (54 (56, 56, 56, 58) sts)

Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, k16, BO 16 (18, 18, 18, 20) sts, k16, k2tog, k1. (18 sts rem on each side of BO)

Work only on the sts that the working yarn is attached to.

***Next Row (WS): Purl

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 16 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Work Rows 1-2, 6 more times. (4 sts) ****

Next Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1. (3 sts)

Next Row: Purl.

Next Row: K2tog, k1. (2 sts)

Next Row: Purl.

BO all sts.

Re-join yarn at the neckline edge at the back of the piece, then work from *** to ****.

Next Row (RS): K1, ssk, k1. (3 sts)

Next Row: Purl.

Next Row: K1, ssk. (2 sts)

Next Row: Purl.

BO all sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

With MC and smaller needles, CO 38 (42, 42, 46, 50) sts.

Work in 2 x 2 Ribbing (worked flat) for 1.5”, ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles.

Starting with a knit row, work 6 (8, 6, 8, 10) rows in St st.

Increase Row (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d; 40 (44, 44, 48, 52) sts)

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Work these 8 (10, 8, 10, 12) rows 4 (4, 6, 6, 5) more times. (48 (52, 56, 60, 62) sts)

Cont in St st until Sleeve meas 8.5 (10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5)”, ending with a WS row.

BO 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. (38 (42, 46, 50, 52) sts)

Work 8 (8, 6, 6, 8) rows in St st, ending with a WS row.

Raglan Decreases

Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts dec’d; 36 (40, 44, 48, 50) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl.

Work Rows 1-2, 11 (13, 15, 17, 18) more times. (14 sts)

BO all sts loosely.

Neckband

Weave in all ends. Join shoulder seams along raglan decrease lines using mattress stitch, leaving the Back Right Shoulder seam open.

With MC and smaller needles, and starting at top right of Back with RS facing, PU and k33 (35, 35, 35, 37) sts along BO edge of Back, 12 sts along BO edge of Left Sleeve, 12 sts down Left Front edge diagonal, 16 (18, 18, 18, 20) sts across the neckline BO, 12 sts up Right Front edge diagonal, and 13 sts along BO edge of Right Sleeve. PM, join to work in the rnd. (98 (102, 102, 102, 106) sts)

Work in 2 x 2 Ribbing (in the rnd) for 1”. BO all sts loosely in patt.

Finishing

Join Back Right Shoulder, side and underarm seams.

Soak the jumper in lukewarm water. Squeeze out excess water, lie the jumper out to the dimensions shown in the schematic and leave to dry flat.

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