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Basic Elements™ Sweater Knitting Pattern - BULKY

Basic Elements™ Sweater Knitting Pattern - BULKY

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Basic Elements™ Sweater Knitting Pattern - BULKY is a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD by Sandi Rosner.  You will receive your download after checkout.

Welcome to our Basic Elements™ line of free patterns! They’re wardrobe staples you’ll reach for over and over again. Hat, mittens, and sweater patterns are all available, and we will continue to add more free patterns to this line! We hope you enjoy them.

A classic pullover is an essential component in every wardrobe. You’ll reach for this simple, comfortable sweater as soon as the temperatures start to drop. With its clean lines and subtle details, it will easily pair with all your shirts, pants and skirts.

This sweater is knit in pieces and sewn together. It features a relaxed crew neck, and tapered, modified set in sleeves. While this is a great first sweater project for a beginner, this is also a pattern you can turn to again and again. Once you’re comfortable with the basic construction, use this pattern as a blank canvas for your own creative expression. Use your stash of leftovers to add stripes. Try different  stitch patterns. The possibilities are endless.


Yarn: 580 (660, 750, 850, 950, 1060, 1180, 1300) yds bulky 
weight yarn

The sample was made with the following: 6 skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky (50% Super Fine Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool; 131yds/100g) in color #7283 Lavender Mix

Needles: US 10 (6 mm) straight or circular knitting needles, 
US 8 (5mm) straight or circular knitting needles, or two 
sizes smaller than size used to obtain the correct gauge. 
Notions: Tapestry needle

14 sts and 20 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch using larger needles, after blocking. 
Save time by taking time to check gauge.

Bust/Chest: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)” 
Sample shown is size 40”. Model is wearing sweater with 2 inches of positive ease.

k              Knit 
k2tog      Knit two together (right-slanting decrease) 
M1L         Make 1 Left: Insert left needle, from front to back, under strand of yarn        which runs between next stitch on left needle and last stitch on right needle; knit this stitch through back loop. 1 stitch increased. M1R Make 1 Right: Insert left needle, from back to front, under strand of yarn which runs between next stitch on left needle and last stitch on right needle; knit this stitch through front loop. 1 stitch increased. 
RS          Right Side 
rep         Repeat(s)(ed)(ing) 
ssk         Slip 2 stitches individually as if to knit, then knit those 2 stitches together through the back loops (left-slanting decrease) 
st(s)       Stitch(es) 
WS         Wrong Side

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Care Instructions

With all of our hand dyed yarns and handmade objects and wearables, unless otherwise specified, we recommend you spot clean. Superwash wool garments may be washed in cold water and laid flat to dry, but if in doubt, spot check first.

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