Pattern by Suzi Ashworth for Folkestone Harbour Yarn 2022.
This decoration is knitted in one flat piece before being embroidered, sewn up the side seams and finished with crochet contrast edging and a wire ‘clothes hanger’.
To make this decoration you will need: 3mm knitting needles
3mm crochet hook
5g approx 4ply/sock yarn in Main colour. Sample uses FHY 'Merlot'.
2-3 metres of 4ply/sock yarn in Contrast colour. Sample uses FHY 'Jarman'. Large wool/embroidery needle
Scissors or snips
20cm thin craft wire
Written Pattern: To start: In Main colour cast on 16 stitches. Leave a long tail at the start to sew up the sides with later on.
Row 1: Knit 16 stitches. Turn.
Row 2: Purl 16 stitches. Turn.
Rows 3-17: Repeat rows 1 & 2 to create a piece of stocking stitch pattern 17 rows tall by 16 stitches wide.
Row 18: Knit 16 stitches. Using knitted cast on method, add 14 stitches. Turn
Row 19: Purl 30 stitches. Using knitted cast on method, add 14 stitches.
Rows 20-25: continue knitting 44 stitches in alternate knit/purl rows to create stocking stitch.
Row 26: Knit 18 stitches, cast off 8 stitches, knit 18 stitches. Turn.
Row 27: Purl 18 stitches, cast on 8 stitches using knitted cast on method, purl 18 stitches to end of row. Turn. This 8 stitch gap is the neck hole of your mini jumper.
Rows 28-33: Continue knitting across all 44 stitches in alternate knit/purl rows to create stocking stitch.
Row 34: at start of row cast off 14 stitches. Purl 30 stitches to end of row. Turn.
Row 35: at start of row cast off 14 stitches, knit 16. Turn. Rows 36-52: carry on in stocking stitch pattern across remaining 16 stitches. Last row: cast off 16 stitches and secure end.
In Contrast colour yarn, embroider one of the smooth knit side ‘body’ panels of the sweater with the Christmas Tree pattern. Secure the yarn before cutting it. See Diagram.
Now fold your flat ‘sweater’ along rows 26-27. The neck should be centrally placed in the fold and the smooth ‘knit’ sides should be touching. The bumpy purl sides and the back of the embroidery should be facing you. Using the long tails of Main colour yarn and the large embroidery/wool needle, sew the sides of the sweater together by going up the ‘body’ and out along the ‘arm’ sections.
Secure and cut your ends. Turn sweater outside in.
With Contrast colour yarn, Double crochet 14 around the neck hole, 28 Dc around the waist, and 10 Dc around each sleeve cuff. Secure and cut the ends.
Lastly bend your 20cm piece of wire into a coathanger shape. Your coathanger will seem wide for such a small garment, but this is to provide support to the shoulder.