free sewing patterns for knitted sweaters

Brighten up your spring wardrobe with a beautiful marinière. This exclusive knitting pattern is all you need to get started.

MEASUREMENTS

To fit bust 81-86(92-97:102-107)cm; Finished measurements: Bust 102(112:122)cm; Shoulder length 52(54:56)cm; Sleeve length 45(46:48)cm.

MATERIALS

7(8:9) 50g balls of Debbie Bliss dk cotton in each of Fuchsia 58 (A) and Candy Pink 73 (B).

Pair each of the 3.75mm and 4mm knitting needles.

Circular needle 3.75 mm, length 80 cm. Call 01535 664222 for details of yarn stockists.

TENSION

20 sts and 28 rows on a 10 cm square above the st using 4 mm needles.

ABBREVIATIONS

beg beginning; cm centimeters; after Carry on; inc. increase; k knit; m1 make a st by picking up and working in the back of the loop between the st just worked and the next st; p pure; rem remaining; representing repeat; RS right side; m(s) stitches); st-st Jersey.

BACK AND FRONT (both identical)

Cast on 104 (114:124) sts on 3.75 mm and A needles. Knit 3 rows K. Switch to 4mm needles. Start with row ak, knit stitches in the order of the 16 row stripes as follows: 2 rows B, 2 rows A, 4 rows B, 2 rows A, 2 rows B, 4 rows A. Knit until that the back/front measures 34 (35:36)cm from cast on edge, ending with a row.

Armhole shape

Cast off 7(8:9) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 90 (98:106) m. Continue straight in st until back/front measures 49(51:53)cm from cast-on row, ending with one row.

Shaped collar

Next line (RS) K30 (33:36), turn and continue on these sts only for the 1st side, leave the remaining sts on a spare needle. Next line Slip first st, cast off 4(4:5), p to finish. K 1 row. Next line Slip first st, cast off 3(4:4), p to finish. K 1 row. Next line Slip the first st, cast off 3 sts, p to finish.

K 1 row. Rep the last 2 rows one more time. Cast off remaining 17 (19:21) sts. From RS, slip 30(32:34) sts mid back/front on a bar, join the thread on the remaining 30(33:36) sts, K finish. P 1 row. Next line Slip first st, bind off 4 (4:5), k to finish. P 1 row. Next line Slip first st, bind off 3(4:4), k to finish. P 1 row. Next line Slip the first st, cast off 3 sts, complete with K. Rep the last 2 rows one more time. Cast off remaining 17 (19:21) sts.

SLEEVES

Cast on 45 (49:53) sts on 3.75 mm and A needles. Knit 3 rows K. Switch to 4mm needles. Start with row ak, knit in stitches in a stripe sequence of 16 rows as follows: 2 rows B, 2 rows A, 4 rows B, 2 rows A, 2 rows B, 4 rows A. Knit 4 rows (start with 2 rows B). Inc line K2, m1, k for the last 2 stitches, m1, k2. Knit 5 rows. Rep the last 6 rows 8 (9:10) times, then increase row again. 65(71:77) m. Knit straight until sleeve measures 45(46:48)cm from cast-on row, ending with one row.

Place a marker at each end of the last row. Work another 10 (10:12) rows.

Shaped Sleeve Top

Cast off 4 sts at the start of the next 4 rows, then 3 sts at the start of the next 12 rows. Cast off the remaining 13 (19:25) sts.

COLLAR BORDER

Join the two shoulder seams. Pick up and knit 15(16:17) sts evenly along left front neckline on circular needle size 3.75mm and C, knit 30(32:34) sts in the middle of the front neckline, pick up and knit 15(16:17) sts towards the right front neckline, 15(16:17) sts along the right back neckline, knit the 30(32:34) st from the middle of the back neckline, then pick up and knit 15(16:17) sts from the back left neckline. 120 (128:136) m. 1 turn end. P 1 turn. Change to A. K 1 turn. P 1 turn. Continue in B. K 1 round K. Cast off purl on next round.

TO COMPENSATE

Placing the center of the sleeve bind off stitches at the shoulder seam, sew the sleeves into the armholes, fitting more easily and with the ends of the rows above the markers sewn to the armpit bind off stitches. Join the side and sleeve seams.

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