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CHUNKY SWEATER - FREE PATTERN


Material 1440 meters (1600 yards) of a chunky weight yarn for the largest size.
Needles One pair of 4 mm (US7) needles and one pair of 6 mm (US10) or size needed to obtain tension (gauge).

Finished Bust/Chest Sizes
Small 42 inches, 107 cm
Medium 45 inches, 114 cm
Large 49 inches, 125 cm
Extra Large 51 inches 130 cm

Tension 15 stitches = 4 inches (10cm) in stocking stitch on 6mm (US10) needles.

Abbreviations

Dec2B = slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. (Knit tog one st from needle and one St from cable needle) twice.
Dec2F = slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. (Knit tog one St from cable needle and one St from needle) twice.
beg begin(ning)
cm = centimetre(s)
g = gram(s)
inc =increase(ing)
in(s) = inch(es)
K = knit
mm = millimetre(s)
P = purl
rep = repeat
rem = remaining
SL1K = slip next St knitwise
st(S) = stitch (es)
tog = together
0 = no sts, times or rows

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions are written ( ).

BACK
**With 4 mm needles cast on 80 (86-92-96) sts. Work 6 rows in stocking st.
Change to 6 mm needles and cont in stocking st until work from beg measures 16 (16-17-17) ins [42 (42-43~43) cm] ending with right side facing for next row.
Raglan shaping: Cast off 2.(4-4-4) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Next row: K2. Dec2B. Knit to last 6 sts. Dec2F . K2.
Next Row Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (0-0-2) times more. 68 (74-80-76) sts on needle.
1st row: Knit.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: K2. Dec2B. Knit to last 6 sts. Dec2F. K2.
4th row: Purl.**
Rep list 4 rows 10 (11-12-11) times more. Leave rem 24 (26-28-28) sts on a st holder.

FRONT
Work from ** to ** as given for back.
Rep last 4 rows 6 (7-8-7) times more, then 1st and 2nd rows once. 40 (42-44- 44) sts on needle.
Left Neck Shaping: Next row: (Right side). K2. Dec2B. K8. K2tog (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
1st row: Purl.
2nd row: Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
3rd row: Purl.
4th row: K2. Dec2B. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Rep last 4 rows once more. 5 sts on needle.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: K3. K2tog.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Dec2B. 2 sts on needle.
Next row: P2tog. Fasten off.
Right Neck Shaping: With right side of work facing slip next 8 (10-12-12) sts from spare needle onto a St holder. Join yam to rem sts.
1st row: SL1K. K1. psso. Knit to last 6 sts; Dec2F. K2.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: SL1K. K1. psso. Knit to end of row.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows once more, then 1st row once. 5 sts on needle.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: SL1K. K1. psso. K3
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Dec2F. 2 sts on needle.
Next row: P2tog. Fasten off.

SLEEVES
With 4 mm needles cast on 40 (42-44- 44) sts. Work 6 rows in stocking st.
Change to 6 mm needles and cont in stocking St inc 1 st each end of needle on next and following 4th rows to 48 (60-58-54) sts on needle, then on following 6th rows to 68 (74-76-76) sts on needle. Cont even until work from beg measures 17(18-18-19) ins [44 (46-47-48) cm] ending with right side facing for next row.
Raglan shaping: Cast off 2 (4-4-4) sts beg next 2 rows.
Next row: K2. Dec2B. Knit to last 6 sts. Dec2F. K2.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 3(2-0-0) times more 48 (54-64-64) sts on needle.
1st row: Knit.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: K2. Dec2B. Knit to last 6 sts. Dec2F. K2.
4th row: Purl.
Rep last 4 rows 9 (10-12-12) times more. Leave rem 8 (10-12-12) sts on a st holder.

FINISHING
Sew raglan seams leaving left back raglan seam open.
Neck: With right side of work facing and 4 mm needles, knit across 8 (10-12- 12) sts from left sleeve st holder. Pick up and knit 10 sts down left front neck edge. Knit across 8 (10-12-12) sts from front St holder. Pick up and knit 10 sts up right front neck edge. Knit across 8 (10-12-12) sts from right sleeve St holder. Knit across 24 (26-28-28) sts from back st holder dec 3 sts evenly. 65 (73-81-81) sts on needle.
Next row: (Wrong side). Knit.
Proceed in stocking st (beg with a knit row) until collar measures 3 ins [8 cm] ending with right side facing for next row. Cast off. Sew left back raglan and collar seam reversing seam for curl back edge.
Sew side and sleeve seams reversing seam for curl back edges. Do not press.