Neshama Sweater - Free Knitting Pattern

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Hey Guy’s! This sweater began and ended in many different forms. I will start off by letting you know the yarn used in this sweater came from two different dye lots a mistake that turned into something I love. Neshama came to life first as a raglan, shaped extremely odd and oversized. After many trials and errors she ended as a dolman inspired, quarter sleeve, textured, sweater. Neshama comes from the Hebrew word meaning “soul.” I know I have put my heart and soul in to this design and I hope you all love and appreciate it as much as I do.

I strongly recommend using a 100% super wash merino yarn for this sweater. The drape and feel is hard to replicate with any other yarn! Don’t be intimidated by this sweater, even if your a new knitter! This design is worked using 2 separate panels and knitting the sleeves last. It’s a pretty simple concept and turns out beautiful!

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Materials

  • 900-1,400 yards light sport weight yarn

  • US 6/ 4.00mm Needles

  • US 8/ 5.00mm Needles

  • 16”, 24” or 36” Cords

  • Scrap yarn for holding stitches

  • Stitch Marker

Gauge

Seed Stitch in the Round

US 8/ 5.00mm Needles

22 Sts = 4”

28 R = 4”

Abbreviations

CO - Cast On

K - Knit

P - Purl

PM - Place Marker

Sts - Stitches

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Notes

  • Recommended ease is +16”-18”; Sample is shown in Size 2 on a 33” bust with + 17” ease.

  • It is highly recommended to size down instead of up if you are between sizes as this sweater is extremely oversized.

Sizing

  • Sizes 1,2, 3,(4, 5, 6) 7, 8, 9

  • Finished Bust Measurement - 46”, 50”, 54”(58”, 62”, 66”) 70”, 74”, 78”

Pattern

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Back Panel

Following Chart 1

With Larger needles. use the long tail cast on method

CO 110, 120, 130 (140, 148, 158) 168, 178, 188

R1 - *K1, P1, Rep across

R2 - *P1, K1, Rep across

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for a total of

106,114, 122 (128, 128, 136) 138, 146, 154 rows

Note - Rows worked will determine your sweater body length (excluding shoulders and ribbing) add more rows to lengthen the sweater, keep in mind the adjustments made for the back panel as well. Continue on to shoulders.

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Left Shoulder

Following Schematic 1

Place next 37, 40, 45 (50, 52, 57) 62, 66, 71sts on scrap yarn for later, bind off next 36, 40, 40, (40, 44, 44) 44, 46, 46 sts

Working into the last (37, 40, 45 (50, 52, 57) 62, 66, 71sts

Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 10 more rows, bind off.

Right Shoulder

Pick up stitches on hold, repeat rows 1 & 2 for 10 more rows, bind off.

Front Panel

Following Chart 1

With Larger needles. use the long tail cast on method CO 110, 120, 130 (140, 148, 158) 168, 178, 188

R1 - *K1, P1, Rep across

R2 - *P1, K1, Rep across

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for a total of 96, 104, 112 (118, 118, 126,) 128, 136, 144 rows

Continue onto shoulders.

Left Shoulder

Following Schematic 1

Place next 37, 40, 45 (50, 52, 57) 62, 66, 71sts on scrap yarn for later, bind off next 36, 40, 40, (40, 44, 44) 44, 46, 46 sts

Working into the last 37, 40, 45 (50, 52, 57) 62, 66, 71sts repeat rows 1 & 2 for 20 more rows, bind off.

Right Shoulder

Pick up stitches on hold, repeat rows 1 & 2 for 20 more rows, bind off.

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Seaming

Following Schematic 2

Lay both panels flat, with bind o Lay both panels flat, with bind off rows on front and back panel touching. Using the Shoulder Seam, seam both shoulders together.

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Following Schematic 3

Fold in half with the front panel facing you. Leaving 4”, 4”, 4.5” (5”, 5.5”, 6.5”) 7.5”, 8”, 8” open from the top. Using the mattress stitch seam from the bottom up.

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Neckline

Following Schematic 4

Using smaller needles pick up 132, 140, 140 (140, 148, 148) 152, 152sts around the neck opening using 16” circulars. Place your stitch marker on your right-hand needle and join.

R1 - *K1, P1, repeat around

Repeat round 1 for 8 rounds or until your ribbing measures 1”. Bind off using the tubular bind off method for the best results.

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Sleeves

Following Schematic 5

Using smaller needles pick up 56, 56, 64 (72, 80, 92) 104, 112, 112sts around the arm hole opening using 16” circulars or magic loop method. Place your stitch marker on your right-hand needle and join.

R1 - *K2, P2, repeat around

Repeat round 1 for 80, 82, 82 (86, 86, 90) 90, 94, 94 OR until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Bind off using your preferred method.

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Bottom Ribbing

Following Schematic 6

Pick up 220, 240, 260 (280, 296, 316) 336, 356, 376sts around the bottom of the sweater, or an evenly distributed even amount. using 24-36” circulars. Place your stitch marker on your right-hand needle and join.

R1 - *K1, P1, repeat around

repeat round 1 for 10 rounds OR until the ribbing measures 1-2”. Bind o ribbing measures 1-2”. Bind off using your preferred method.

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