Hearts Aflutter Toddler Sweater

A row of double hearts makes this toddler sweater perfect for Valentine’s day festivities. She’ll be jumping for joy when she receives this this sweater just in time for her class party.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Finished Chest Size 19 (20, 21, 23.25, 25.5, 27.75, 29.5, 31.25)” / [48.5 (51, 53.5, 59, 65, 70.5, 75, 79.5) cm] to fit ages 3mos (6mos, 12mos, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) years

Shown in size 23.25″ / [59 cm] (2 years)

Gauge: 22 sts and 20 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stripe Pattern with larger needles.

Materials

Yarn: Swans Island Washable DK Weight (100% Washable Merino wool; 140 yards [128 meters]/50 grams): EWS226 Mallard (MC, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks), EWS224 Edgecomb Grey (CC, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) hanks)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm); 16″ circular and DPNs, US size 5 (3.75 mm): 16″ circular and DPNs

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

CC: contrast color

dec(‘d): decrease(d)

est: establish(ed)

inc(‘d): increase(d)

MC: main color

m: marker

meas: measure(s)

mos: months

Special Stitches

Stripe Pattern (any number of sts)

With CC, knit 4 rnds.

With MC, knit 4 rnds.

Rep last 8 rnds for patt.

Heart Pattern (multiple of 8 sts)

See Chart.

Backward Loop Cast-on Method

*Wrap yarn around left thumb from front to back and secure in palm with other fingers, insert right needle upwards through strand on thumb, slip loop from thumb onto needle, pulling yarn to tighten; rep from * for desired number of sts.

Pattern Notes

This pullover is worked from the top down, seamlessly. There are a few increase rounds worked in the striped sections of the yoke. The sleeves and body are divided at the underarms and worked separately from the top down, making it easy to adjust the lengths to fit your child.

Pattern

Yoke

With smaller circular needles and MC, CO 90 (96, 102, 106, 110, 116, 120, 120) sts. Do not join.

Change to CC.

Turn and knit 1 row, then pm for beg of rnd. Join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist sts.

Purl 1 rnd.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to CC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd.

Inc Rnd 1: Inc 22 (16, 18, 22, 26, 28, 24, 32) sts evenly around for your size as follows:

Sizes 3mos (-, 12mos, -, -, 6, -, 10) years only: *K5 (-, 5, -, -, 5, -, 3), m1, [k4 (-, 6, -, -, 4, -, 4), m1] 10 (-, 2, -, -, 6, -, 3) times; rep from * to end. (112 (-, 120, -, -, 144, -, 152) sts)

Sizes – (6mos, -, -, -, -, 8, -) years only: *K- (6, -, -, -, -, 5, -), m1; rep from * to end. (- (112, -, -, -, -, 144, -) sts)

Size – (-, -, 2, -, -, -, -) years only: K1, m1, *k5, m1; rep from * to end. (128 sts)

Size – (-, -, -, 4, -, -, -) years only: K5, m1, *k4, m1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5. (136 sts)

All Sizes

Using MC, CC, and larger circular needle, work 8 rnds of Heart Pattern.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd.

Inc Rnd 2: Inc 21 (24, 20, 24, 26, 30, 32, 24) sts evenly around for your size as follows:

Sizes 3mos (6mos, -, 2, -, 6, -, 10) years only: *K6 (4, -, 6, -, 4, -, 7), m1, [k5 (5, -, 5, -, 5, -, 6), m1] 2 (2, -, 2, -, 4, -, 2) times; rep from * to end. (133 (136, -, 152, -, 174, -, 176) sts)

Size – (-, 12mos, -, -, -, -, -) years only: *K6, m1; rep from * to end. (- (-, 140, -, -, -, -, -) sts)

Size – (-, -, -, 4, -, -, -) years only: K6, *m1, k5; rep from * to end. (162 sts)

Size – (-, -, -, -, -, 8, -) years only: *k5, m1, k4, m1; rep from * to end. (176 sts)

All Sizes

Change to CC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to CC, and cont working in Stripe Pattern as follows:

Work 2 (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11) rnds even, ending after Rnd 2 (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 1, 3) of patt.

Inc Rnd 3: Inc 45 (46, 50, 52, 54, 60, 66, 86) sts evenly around for your size as follows:

Sizes 3mos (6mos, -, -, 4, -, -, -) years only: K1 (1, -, -, 3, -, -, -), m1, *k3, m1; rep from * to end. (178 (182, -, -, 216, -, -, -) sts)

Sizes – (-, 12mos, 2, -, 6, 8, -) years only: *K2, m1, [k3, m1] – (-, 4, 12, -, 9, 2, -) times; rep from * to end. (- (-, 190, 204, -, 234, 242, -) sts)

Size – (-, -, -, -, -, -, 10) years only: K6, m1, *k2, m1; rep from * to end. (262 sts)

All Sizes

Cont working even until Yoke meas 4 (4.25, 4.5, 5, 5.25, 5.5, 6, 6.5)” / [10 (11, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 14, 15, 16.5) cm] from beg.

Divide Body and Sleeves

Remove beg of rnd m, place the next 39 (40, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 53) sts onto st holder or waste yarn for sleeve, use the backwards loop method to CO 1 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, pm for new beg of rnd, then CO another 1 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 4) sts, work 50 (51, 53, 58, 63, 69, 72, 78) sts for front, place the next 39 (40, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 53) sts onto st holder or waste yarn for sleeve, use the backwards loop method to CO 2 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 9, 8) sts, then work 50 (51, 53, 58, 63, 69, 72, 78) sts for back. (104 (110, 116, 128, 140, 152, 162, 172) sts)

Body

Cont working even in Stripe Pattern as est until Body meas about 6 (6.5, 7.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 14)” / [15 (16.5, 19, 25.5, 26.5, 28, 30.5, 35.5) cm] from underarm, ending after 4 rnds in MC.

Change to CC and smaller circular needle.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to CC.

Knit 1 rnd.

BO all sts purlwise.

Sleeves

Return 39 (40, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 53) held sts from one Sleeve to larger dpns. Join yarn to cont working in Stripe Pattern. Beg at center of underarm CO sts, pick up and knit 1 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts, knit to end of held sts, then pick up and knit 1 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 4) more sts along underarm CO sts. Pm for beg of rnd and cont working in the rnd in Stripe Pattern. (41 (44, 47, 50, 52, 55, 58, 61) sts)

Shape Sleeve

Work 4 (4, 4, 5, 8, 11, 11, 12) rnds in Stripe Pattern.

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Rep last 5 (5, 5, 6, 9, 12, 12, 13) rnds 4 (1, 3, 0, 3, 6, 7, 7) more times. (31 (40, 39, 48, 44, 41, 42, 45) sts)

(Work 5 (5, 5, 6, 9, 0, 0, 0) rnds in Stripe Pattern, then rep Dec Rnd) 1 (4, 3, 6, 3, 0, 0, 0) times. (29 (32, 33, 36, 38, 41, 42, 45) sts)

Cont working even until Sleeve meas about 6 (6.5, 7, 8.5, 11, 13.5, 15, 16)” / [15 (16.5, 18, 21.5, 28, 34.5, 38, 40.5) cm] from underarm, ending after 4 rnds in MC.

Change to CC and smaller dpns.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to MC.

Knit 1 rnd. Purl 1 rnd.

Change to CC.

Knit 1 rnd.

BO all sts purlwise.

Rep for second sleeve.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Block piece to measurements.

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