Sideways Knit Sweater – pattern update 

So I made another sweater this weekend!

Just like the one a few weeks back but this time using 3 strands not 4. The sleeve shaping works a treat and I made a sime adjustment and collected 40 stitches along the front and back and decreased 5 at each end over alternate rows to get back to 30 stitches. This is a comfortable underarm fit.   

I neglected the increase for the bust just to see if it was necessary and it doesn’t seem it is for a size 10-12 like me.  

I should have made it longer and went back and made 6 more rows hence you can see a line across the front. But I don’t mind any quirky stitch work in a grey sweater. It’s fine. 

So the pattern is in good order. Just ensure your length is as desired before casting off. 

My thinking is for a larger fit – add 2 stitches (per size) to original cast on for sleeves. And pick up 2 extra stitches across the front and back. Perhaps retain the bust increases if your bust will pull the fabric. Arm and body length is adjustable. It is a close fit sweater so add more stitches at arm or body for a looser fit. 



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So here is what I’ve created using 4 strands of 8ply soft acrylic. 


 Make bodice. 

The bodice is knitted in one piece starting at right sleeve cuff. Cast on 20 st using size 8 needles. Knit one row change needles to size 10mm. Stocking stitch all the way til it measures to the tip of shoulder. For me it was 18 inches/46cm. 

Shape shoulder. 

Inc on next knit row at st 10&11 (22 st). Inc on next knit row at st 11&12 (24 st). Continue stocking st 4 rows, inc on 4th  row st 12&13 (26 st), 6th row st 13&14 (28 st) and 10th row (30 st). Continue stocking stitch 2 more rows. 

Neck opening. 

Next knit row, knit to centre 2 st and cast off 2 st for neck opening. Finish row and continue stocking st on these 14 st. (Keep first 14 st on needle). Stocking stitch til work measures 12-13inches (if you want a wide boat neck opening). Leave stitches on needle (cut yarn) and rejoin yarn back to other 14 st and continue stocking st on these to match the other half. When work measures the same and in next knit row, cast on 2 st across to join other half (30 st). Continue 2 rows. 

Shape shoulder. 

Dec at centre x 2 (28st). Continue 4 rows. Dec on 4th row at centre x2 (26st), 6th row (24st)10th row (22st) and finally dec x2 on 12th row (30 st). Continue in stocking st down left sleeve until it matches right sleeve length. Cast of firmly. 

Front and back. 

Pick up centre 36 stitches along one side of main bodice piece so that first row is pearl row. Stocking st pattern 2 rows. Dec at  beg of next 6 rows   (30 st). 

Shape bust. 

Next knit row inc at st 5 & 25 (32st). And again on next knit row inc at st 5&25 (34st).  The dec at row ends was to shape underarms. The inc in these rows gives shape over bust and stops knitting from pulling. 

Continue in stocking st on these 34 st to work measures down to desired length. For me I stopped at top of my jeans (hip level – 12 inches). Cast off – if you can cast off without the work curling up that would be great. 

Repeat same for back on other side of main bodice piece. 

I continued the back a further 2 inches of rib stitch after reaching the 12 inches that matched the front. This gives the sweater a ‘tail’ which is an interesting feature. This is optional of course. 

Join at sides and steam to flatten bulky join across front and back bodice. 

So that’s it. 

Using 4 strands has made this a firm heavy sweater. The sleeves are long and tight fitting. 

It’s lovely  and warm. 

Next time I will make with 2 strands on size 10mm needles which will give it a more open loose look and feel. 

Retro Pattern Parade – Day 4

“Stitchcraft” magazine from March 1972 is such good value for 40cents!

This ‘Chunky Traveller’ is a great looking bag idea… and it is VERY chunky!

I started making this bag using double 8ply… It was looking very good too… but alas… I unpicked it and used the wool in another project…if you persevere…let me know.

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See you tomorrow!…Day 5!

Retro Pattern Parade – Day 3

Here’s a great one from 1972!

The ‘Coles Knitting Magazine – Volume 1’ with knitting and crochet patterns for the whole family! Espousing the quality of its own brand ‘Embassy’.

Would you believe there is a crochet cardigan pattern in here for the guys!

My favourite would have to be the ‘Newsboy’ cap … in bright yellow of course! The colour of the 70s was brash and bold. Love it!

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See you tomorrow!

Retro Pattern Parade – Day 2

Okay! This book is fabulous… if only I had the body to wear crochet bikinis!!!

I would put the ‘Spring Collection No. 5’ by Villawool back in the mid 70’s somewhere.


This dress pattern is rather cool…my favourite pick if I can’t have the swimwear!

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See you tomorrow!

Retro Pattern Parade – Day 1

I have been going through my patterns as part of a clean up, tidy up and relocation of my creative space. I thought I would share some of the rare finds with you all. For the next few weeks, I’ll post some of the books and images of these great out-of-print pattern books. Most are pre 1980 so beware of crochet hipster, retro and vintage goodness… Including pants suits, bathing suits, ponchos and more.

Enjoy and let me know if you decide to make one a project…




The Complete Book of Crochet c1973!