Child's Knitted Sweater / Big League
Instructions are for size 8. Changes for sizes 10, 12 and 14 are in ( ).
Materials: Bulky weight yarn (2 oz - balls) - 8 (9-10-11) balls.
Size 10 and 11 knitting needles or size for gauge: size G aluminum crochet hook;
Four 7/8 plastic rings: 4 small pearl buttons.
Gauge: 5 sts = 2.
Finished chest measurements: 28¾ (30½ - 32 - 33½).
Back: With smaller needles cast on 33 (35-37-39) sts.
Work k 1, p 1, ribbing for 3 inc'g 3 sts evenly across last row.
Change to larger needles and st st (k 1 row, p 1 row): work even on 36 (38-40-42) sts until piece measures 10½ (11-11½ -12) or desired length to underarm.
Place a marker at each end for beg of armhole work even until armhole measures 5½ (6-6½ -7).
Shape Shoulders: Bind off 4 sts beg next 4 rows, 2 (3-4-5) sts beg next 2 rows.
Place rem'g 16 sts on holder.
Front: Work ribbing as for back - 36 (38-40-42) sts.
Change to larger needles and st st: work 2 rows.
Pockets: Work 8 (9-9-10) sts, cast on 8 sts for under-pocket; place rem'g sts on a holder.
Work even on 16 (17.17-18) sts for 6, end with a p row.
Place these sts on a holder.
Go back to original row; place center 20 (20-22-22) sts on needle.
Work in st st, keeping 2 sts at each side in garter st (k every row) until the same length as other piece, end with a p row: place on a holder.
Go back to original row, cast on 8 sts, work rem'g 8 (9-9-10) sts.
Work even on these 16 (17-17-I8) sts until same length as other pieces, end with p row.
Joining Row: Work 8 (9-9-10) sts from first side, bind off next 8 sts.
Fasten off yarn; reattach and k across the center 20 (20-22-22) sts.
With another ball of yarn, bind off 8 sts from 2nd side: fasten off.
With first ball, k across rem'g 8 (9-9-10) sts.
Next Row: Work across 36 (38-40-42) sts.
Work even in st st until piece measures 1'' less than back to underarm.
Work center 6 sts in garter st and remg sts in st st to armhole: end with p row.
Place a marker at each end for beg of armhole.
Next Row: Work 18 (19-20-21) sts, attach 2nd ball of yarn, work rem'g 18 (19-20-21) sts.
Working both sides at same time and keeping 3 sts at each neck edge in garter st, work even to shoulders as on Back.
Shape Shoulders: Bind off 4 sts at each arm edge every other row twice, 2 (3-4-5) sts once.
Place rem'g sts on holders.
Sleeves: With smaller needles, cast on 17 (19-21-21) sts.
Work k 1, p 1 ribbing for 3, inc'g 11 (11-11-13) sts across last row.
Change to larger needles and st st: work even on 28 (30-32-34) sts until piece measures 14 (15-16-16) or desired length.
Hood: Sew shoulder seams.
Slip 8 sts from right front holder onto larger needle, attach yarn, k 16 sts from back neck holder, k the 8 sts from left front neck holder - 32 sts.
Next Row: K 3, p to within 3 sts from end, inc'g 5 (5-7-7) sts evenly spaced: k 337 (37-39-39) sts.
Mark center st.
Work in st st, keeping 3 sts in garter st at each end and inc'g 1 st at center every inch 5 (7-7-9) times.
Work even on 42 (44-46-48) sts until hood measures 10½ (11-11 ½- 12)".
Row 1: K 21(22-23-24) sts, place rem'g sts on a holder.
Row 2: Bind off 7 sts, complete Row. Cont, to bind off 7 sts at inside edge once more, 7 (8-9-10) sts once. Work other side to correspond.
Finish; Sew top of hood; sew under-pockets in place. Sew straight edge of sleeve to armhole edge from marker to marker; sew under-sleeve and side seams.
Buttons (make 4): Sc over plastic ring until completely covered; fasten off, leaving a long strand. Turn outer edge to inside and weave tog. Sew a small pearl button in center; sew on buttons as shown.
Toggle (make 2): Ch 6", join with a slip st and fasten off securely. Twist and sew center. Button onto buttons as shown. Wet with cold water. Lay on a towel to measurements. Dry away from heat and sun. Do not block or press.
Taken from the workbasket 1955