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Bushy Tails Toddler Jumper/Sweater

Toddler jumper or sweater with squirrels on the front. Free knitting pattern.

Materials

4 ozs. blue,
1 oz. white 4-ply fingering;

1 pr. each Old UK Nos. 10 and 12/US 3 and 2/metric 3.25 and 2.75mm needles;

2 small buttons.

Measurements

Length from top of shoulder, 12½ inches;
width all round underarm, 24 inches;
length of sleeve from underarm, 7½ inches.

Tension

7½ stitches to 1 inch

Abbreviations

B., blue wool;
W., white wool.

Pattern

Front

Using blue wool and smaller needles cast on 78 sts.

Work in rib of K1, P1 for 2 inches. Inc. once at end of last row (79 sts).

Change to larger needles.

1st row: Knit.

2nd row: Purl.

Repeat 1st and 2nd rows once.

Colour Pattern

In Words (chart follows)

5th row: Knit 9 B., * 5 W., 15 B., repeat from * to last 10 sts., 5 W., 5 B.

6th row: Purl 6 B., * 8 W., 12 B., repeat from * to last 13 sts., 8 W., 5 B.

7th row: Knit 4 B., * 3 W., 1 B., 5 W., 11 B., repeat from * to last 15 sts., 3 W., 1 B., 5 W., 6 B.

8th row: Purl 7 B., * 4 W., 1 B., 3 W., 12 B., repeat from * to last 12 sts., 4 W., 1 B., 3 W., 4 B.

9th row: Knit 4 B., * 3 W., 1 B., 3 W., 1 B., 4 W., 8 B., repeat from * to last 15 sts., 3 W., 1 B., 3 W., 1 B., 4 W., 3 B.

10th row: Purl 6 B., * 5 W., 1 B., 3 W., 11 B., repeat from * to last 13 sts., 5 W., 1 B., 3 W., 4 B.

11th row: Knit 4 B., * 3 W., 2 B., 7 W., 8 B., repeat from * to last 15 sts., 3 W., 2 B., 7 W., 3 B.

12th row: Purl 3 B., * 1 W., 1 B., 4 W., 3 B., 3 W., 8 B., repeat from * to last 16 sts., 1 W., 1 B., 4 W., 3 B., 3 W., 4 B.

13th row: Knit 4 B., * 4 W., 5 B., 3 W., 8 B., repeat from * to last 15 sts., 4 W., 5 B., 3 W., 3 B.

14th row: Purl 4 B., * 2 W., 3 B., 6 W., 9 B., repeat from * to last 15 sts., 2 W.. 3 B., 6 W., 4 B.

15th row: Knit 5 B., * 6 W., 2 B., 1 W., 11 B., repeat from * to last 14 sts., 6 W., 2 B., 1 W., 5 B.

16th row: Purl 8 B., * 5 W., 15 B., repeat from * to last 11 sts., 5 W., 6 B.

17th row: Knit 7 B., * 3 W., 17 B., repeat from * to last 12 sts., 3 W., 9 B.

18th row: Purl blue.

Chart

Colour chart for knitting squirrels

Continue in stocking st. with blue wool till work measures 8½ inches from commencement.

To Shape Armhole:
Cast off 3 sts. at beg. of next 2 rows.

Then dec. once at each end of next and every following alt. row till 67 sts. remain.

Work without shaping till work measures 11 inches from commencement, ending with a purl row.

To Shape Neck:
1st row: K.11, (P.1, K.1) 22 times, P.1, K.11.

2nd row: P.10, (K.1, P.1) 23 times, K.1, P.10.

Repeat 1st and 2nd rows 6 times.

15th row: K.10. moss st. 10, cast off 27 sts, moss st. 10, K.10.

Work on last 20 sts. for right shoulder.

16th row: P.10, moss st. 10.

17th row: Moss st. 10, K.10.

Repeat 16th and 17th rows 4 times. Cast off.

Join in wool at neck edge and work left shoulder to correspond.

Back

Work as given for front.

Sleeves (both alike)

Using blue wool and smaller needles cast on 45 sts.

Work in moss st. for 18 rows, dec. 1 st. at end of last row (44 sts).

19th row: K.2, * P.1, K.1, repeat from * to end.

Repeat 19th row 12 times.

32nd row: K.2, P.1, * (K.1, P.1) twice, inc. once in next st., P.1, (K.1, P.1) twice, repeat from * to last st., K.1 (48 sts).

Change to larger needles, and work in stocking st., inc. once each end of needle in 1st and every following 6th
row till there are 58 sts. on needle.

Work without shaping till work measures 7½ inches with moss st. cuff turned back.

Then dec. once each end of needle in every row till 12 sts. remain. Cast off.

To Make Up

Press lightly.

Sew up stocking st. portion of shoulder.

Sew up side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves.

Work 1 row of D.C. (US single crochet) round neck edge.

Make two loops on each shoulder, and sew on buttons to correspond.


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