How did I do this? Arghhhhh. I knit this sweater by starting off with 20 stitches and apparently never bothered to write down my own instructions. We snapped it just before I left for the airport heading home to Israel. Doesn't she look great? Anyway, here's what I recall doing:
Finished sweater: 48" chest.25" length. Arm length 19" and 19" width at top. Need 12 balls of Noro Kureyon. 50 grams=100 meters. col: 16. Circ needles #4mm and 3.75mm (for ribbing) Gauge: 4 sts=1 inch.
I took #4mm needles and CO 12 sts. I worked st st and at the beg of every row slipped the first stitch kwise or pwise (for back). I did a total of 140 rows which came to about 20". Using the same needles, I picked up every slip stitch on the left side (70). This number is very important as you need to pick up the same number every time. At the bottom I cast on 20 sts and began the next strip connecting it to the first one. Again each row begins with a slip stitch. But on the rev side you p2tog using the last st on your row and the last stitch you picked up from the first strip. Continue as on the first strip until you have run out of sts. You can put the sts at the top on a holding yarn at this point.
For the third strip you can do a different multiple. I just kept on doing 12,20, etc. I decided to make it 24" wide and when I had my finished piece the whole thing was put on a waiting yarn.
The next piece is done the same way except that I wanted to match the back and front stripes at the shoulder so I had to reverse them so that they would match at the top.
Third section is the 3" at the top. I started by deciding I wanted my neck to be 8.5" wide. So the stitches for the front are now put back on the needle in this way:
After you decide how many sts are for the front neck, divide the remainder into two sections plus approx 1/4 of the center neck sts. Beginning with the right shoulder I knit the sts on the first row and started my gradual neck dec continuing until I had it 3" in length. do the same for the left shoulder. The front neck sts can remain on a separate thread.
Back neck: Knit the sts on the left shoulder and CO for the back neck 8.5" worth of sts or whatever width you need plus the number of sts cast off on the front neck decrease. Continue the row by knitting the sts from the right shoulder first casting on the decreased sts on this side. Now knit for 3".
3-needle bindoff: The back (first strip piece knit) is now put on a straight needle and a standard 3 needle bind off is done with those and the sts coming from the neck you've just finished. You must have the same number of sts on each needle.
Neck rib: I knit up my neck picking up sts from the front and back and usually one stitch for every row along the sides (use smaller circ needle)
sleeves: CO 10-11" worth of sts and gradually inc until about 19". My sleeve was also 19" long (looks too long in the photo; hmmm). I decided not to have any ribbing but just have the bottom roll in.
Body rib of sweater: This is the final section. Pick up sts from the bottom on front and back pieces and rib for as long as you want. Swatch first to see how many rib sts you want.
Sew in sleeves and side seams.
I still want to sew in beads as I found some great beads in Hongkong but found them after I had already done most of the sweater.
cMarian Poller. Not for commercial use.