Knit a striped pullover sweater for kids

Kids will love the bright stripes of this pullover sweater, knit from a cosy blend of cashmere, wool and microfibre, and you'll love the single-stripe knitting technique that means less ends to weave in.

By Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs

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In one of our previous books, The Yarn Girls' Guide to Beyond the Basics, we knit a cardigan with the single-stripe method using multiple colours. Julie was wearing that sweater the day Roz came in. Roz wanted to knit a fun, yet practical sweater for her granddaughter, and she also wanted to learn something new. After pouring through many pattern books, Roz still couldn't find anything she was crazy about, so Julie suggested making a smaller version of the sweater she had on. Roz smiled and said, "Why didn't you suggest that before I wasted my time looking through all those books? I love it, but how about making it as a pullover?" She chose some fun colours and then sat down and learned the simple technique.

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Yarn
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (95 yds / 50g ball), 55% merino wool/33% microfibre/12% cashmere
Girl version: A-603, B-611, C-602, D-617, E-102
Boy version: A-207, B-102, C-502, D-205, E-300
Amount: 2 (2, 3, 3) balls colour A; 2 (2, 3, 3) balls colour B; 2 (2, 3, 3) balls colour C; 2 (3, 3, 3) balls colour D; 2 (2, 3, 3) balls colour E; Total yardage: 190 (190, 285, 285) yds colour A; 190 (190, 285, 285) yds colour B; 190 (190, 285, 285) yds colour C; 190 (285, 285, 285) yds colour D; 190 (190, 285, 285) yds colour E

Gauge
4-1/2 sts = 1 inch; 18 sts = 4 inches

Needle size
US #9 (5.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge; US #8 (5mm) for ribbing; circular 16" US #8 (5 mm) for neck ribbing

Sizes: 4-5 (6-7, 8-9, 10 )

Knitted measurements
Width = 16" (17", 18", 19"); Length = 17" (18", 19", 21"); Sleeve length = 11-1/2" (12-1/2", 14", 15")

Single-row striping
Unlike the usual technique for making wider stripes, for single row striping you need to work each colour over an odd number of rows. This means that your yarn will never be in the correct place to use again unless you cut it and then tie it on at the other end where you need it. Doing that, however, leaves lots of unwanted ends, which will need to be woven in. Our method for single-row striping allows knitters to carry the yarn up their work as they would with even-row striping. This method actually works with any striping that involves an odd number of rows.
Note: You cannot use straight needles when employing this technique; you must use circular needles.

1. Knit with colour A.
2. Slide stitches to the right end of the needle.
3. Knit with colour B.
4. You are now ready to purl. Colour A and colour B are now at the same end of the needle.
5. Purl with colour A.
6. Colour A and colour B are now at different ends of the needle. Slide stitches to the right end of the needle where colour B is.
7. Purl with colour B.

Note: When you begin armhole shaping you cannot carry the yarn over all rows. You will need to cut and reattach the yarn when needed. You will not be using the single-stripe method of sliding the yarn back and forth. Once you finish the armhole decreases you can continue in the single-stripe method. This is also the case for the neck shaping.

Striped St st:
1 row A
1 row B
1 row A
1 row D
1 row C
1 row E
1 row C
1 row D
1 row B
1 row A
1 row B
1 row D
1 row E
1 row C
1 row E
1 row D

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Excerpted from The Yarn Girls' Guide to Knits for Older Kids by Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs, with photography by Ellen Silverman. Copyright 2006 by Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.

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