Aspen Sweater

Elbow patch charm meets the comforting hues of aspen trees in this delightful sweater. Because the design uses super bulky yarn, it’s also a quick and fun knit; you’ll be smiling from start to finish.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 37 (40, 43, 46, 50)” to fit bust 34 (37, 40, 43, 47)”

3” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 37”

Gauge: 10 sts and 15 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rasta (100% Merino Wool; 90 yards [82 meters]/150 grams): #849 Sombras, (5 (6, 6, 7, 8) balls

Needles: US size 13 (9.0 mm); US size 15 (10.0mm)

Notions: Two 5” square elbow patches; tapestry needle; sewing needle; matching thread

Special Stitches

K2, P2 Rib

Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Pattern

Back

Ribbing

With smaller needles, CO 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts.

Work in K2, P2 Rib for 2½”.

Inc 2 sts evenly across row – 46 (50, 54, 58, 62) sts.

Body

Change to larger needles.

Work even in St st for 42 (42, 46, 46, 48) rows.

Shape Armholes

BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 42 (46, 48, 52, 56) sts.

Dec 1 st each side every 3rd row 4 (4, 6, 4, 0) times, every 2nd row 7 (7, 6, 10, 15) times – 20 (24, 24, 24, 26) sts.

Neck Shaping

Maint est patt, work 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) sts, sl next 12 (14, 14, 14, 16) sts to holder, join new ball of yarn and work next 4 (5, 5, 5, 5) sts.

Dec 1 st at Neck and Armhole edge – 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) sts.

Size 40 (43, 46, 50)” only

Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 2 sts.

All sizes

BO all sts.

Front

Work same as Back to Armholes – 46 (50, 54, 58, 62) sts.

Shape Armholes

BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 42 (46, 48, 52, 56) sts.

Dec 1 st each side every 3rd row 4 (4, 6, 4, 0) times, every 2nd row 1 (2, 1, 4, 5) times – 32 (34, 34, 36, 36) sts.

Neck Shaping

Row 1: Maint est patt, work next 12 (13, 13, 14, 14) sts, sl next 8 sts to holder, join new ball of yarn and work next 12 (13, 13, 14, 14) sts.

Row 2: Dec 1 st each side – 10 (11, 11, 12, 12) sts.

Row 3: Dec 1 st at Neck edge – 9 (10, 10, 11, 11) sts.

Row 4: Dec 1 st each side – 7 (8, 8, 9, 9) sts.

Row 5: Dec 1 st at Neck edge – 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) sts.

Row 6: Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts.

Row 7: Work even in St st.

Row 8: Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts.

Row 9: Work even in St st.

Row 10: Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts.

Row 11: Work even in St st.

Row 12: Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts.

Size 40 (43)” only

Dec 1 st at Armhole edge – 2 sts.

Size 46 (50)” only

Dec 1 st at Neck and Armhole edge – 2 sts.

All sizes

BO all sts.

Sleeves (make 2)

Ribbing

With smaller needles, CO 20 (20, 20, 24, 24) sts.

Work in K2, P2 Rib for 2”.

Inc 2 (3, 4, 0, 2) sts evenly across – 22 (23, 24, 24, 26) sts.

Change to larger needles.

Inc 1 st each end every 7th row 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) times – 34 (37, 38, 40, 42) sts.

Work even in St st for 6 (7, 9, 2, 2) rows.

Shape Cap

BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows – 30 (33, 32, 34, 36) sts.

Dec 1 st each side every 2nd (2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd) row 12 (16, 6, 4, 4) times, then every 2 (1, 1, 2, 2) row 2 (0, 9, 12, 13) times – 2 (1, 2, 2, 2) sts.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Sew left Sleeve to Front and Back. Sew right Sleeve to Front only.

Collar

With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and k2 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts from Right Back Neck Edge, 12 (14, 14, 14, 16) sts from Back Neck holder, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts from Left Back Neck Edge, 10 (11, 11, 12, 12) sts from Left Front Neck Edge, 8 sts from Front holder, 10 (11, 11, 12, 12) sts from Right Front Neck Edge – 44 (48, 48, 52, 52) sts.

Work in K2P2 rib for 4 rows.

BO all sts loosely in patt.

Sew right Sleeve to Back and sew side seams.

Sew Elbow Patches, using photos as a guide.

Weave in ends.

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