Instructions

GAUGE: 4 stitches = 1 inch.

DIRECTIONS:

BACK:

  1. With smaller needles and color A, cast on 78 (70, 86) sts. Work *k 2, p 2* ribbing for 2-1/2 in. Change to larger needles.
  2. Odd Rows (1, 3, 5, etc.): K across.
  3. Even Rows (2, 4, 6, etc.): P across.
  4. Repeat odd and even rows until piece measures 15 (14, 16) in. Place a safety pin at each edge of last row to mark armholes. Continue working even until armholes measure 9 (8, 10) in., ending with a wrong-side (p) row.
  5. Shaping back neck: K across 29 (26, 32) sts, attach a second strand of yarn; bind off center 20 (18, 22) sts, k remaining 29 (26, 32) sts. Working both sides separately, at the same time, dec 1 st each neck edge every row three times—26 (23, 29) sts remain. Bind off remaining sts.

FRONT:

  1. Work same as back until armholes measure 6 (5, 7) in., ending with a p row.
  2. Shaping front neck: K across 31 (28, 34) sts, attach a second strand of yarn; bind off center 16 (14, 18) sts, k remaining 31 (28, 34) sts. Working both sides separately, at the same time, dec 1 st each neck edge every other row five times—26 (23, 29) sts remain. Work even until armholes measure same as back. Bind off all sts.
  3. Using tapestry needle and blue-grey yarn, hand-stitch front and back together at one shoulder with narrow 1/4-in. seam. Weave in loose ends.

NECK RIBBING:

  1. With right side facing, using color A and smaller needles, pick up 82 (78, 86) sts around neck edge. Work *k 2, p 2* ribbing for 2-1/2 in. Bind off in ribbing.
  2. Using tapestry needle and blue-grey yarn, hand-stitch other front and back shoulder edge and neck ribbing together as before. Weave in loose ends.

SLEEVES:

  1. With larger needles and color A, cast on 68 (64, 72) sts. Work odd and even rows until sleeve measures
  2. 2 in. Dec 1 st each edge every fifth row 13 times—42 (38, 46) sts remain. Work even until sleeve measures 16 (15-1/2, 16-1/2) in., ending with a p row.
  3. Change to smaller needles. Work k 2, p 2 ribbing for 2 in. Bind off all sts in ribbing.
  4. Work second sleeve in same manner.
  5. Using tapestry needle and blue-grey thread, hand-stitch one sleeve in each armhole with narrow 1/4-in. seam. Weave in loose ends. In same manner, stitch each side-and-sleeve seam in one continuous seam. Weave in loose ends.

FINISHING:

  1. Following the Heart Chart, work hearts in duplicate st using tapestry needle, with color B, as shown here: Duplicate Stitch. Work center heart 2-1/2 in. below neck ribbing at center front. Work left and right hearts over 10 sts and up 8 sts from center heart.
  2. Cut gold yarn into three 3-yard pieces. Using three strands of yarn, finger-crochet three 6-in. ties. Thread yarn tails into ends. Or cut purchased cord into three 6-in. lengths. Tie each one into a bow. Use matching thread to hand-stitch bows to hearts. Knot ends.

RIBBON TRIM:

  1. Cut one 24-in. length of wine grosgrain ribbon. Thread ribbon onto tapestry needle and tie a loose knot 2 in. from end of ribbon.
  2. Leaving tail of ribbon on the inside of sweater, make one small 1/4-in. stitch on the outside top edge of one of the side hearts.
  3. On the inside of sweater, bring ribbon to opposite top edge of heart.
  4. On the outside, make several large, loose 1/2-in. to 3/4-in. backstitches to the top edge of center heart. See Back Stitch for backstitch. Continue to “join” hearts, as in photo.
  5. Adjust, if necessary, so ribbon stitches do not pull and distort sweater front. Finish off with a small 1/4-in. stitch. Tie a loose knot on inside close to sweater. Trim ribbon, leaving a 2-in. tail.
  6. Cut two 12-in. pieces of ribbon and slip one through each of the small stitches at each outside heart edge. Tie two small bows, as in photo, and secure with a couple of hand-stitches using hand-sewing needle and matching thread. Trim ends to desired length.

FINISHED SIZE: Directions are for size Medium. Changes for sizes Small and Large are in parentheses. Actual chest measurements are 40 (36, 44) inches.

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • dec decrease
  • k knit
  • p purl
  • st(s) stitch(es)

 Knit Heart Sweater from Marion Kelley of Lansing, Michigan