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Men’s Irish Collar Neck Pullover

These directions are for small size (32-34). Changes for medium size (36-38), large size (40-42) and extra large size (44-46) are in parentheses. For men's sizes, advance one step. Example: Women's medium size (36-38) is men's small size (36-38).

MATERIALS

BERNAT BLARNEYSPUN (50 g balls) -- 16(17-18-19)

OR ANY EQUIVALENT KNITTING WORSTED WEIGHT YARN THAT WILL GIVE THE SPECIFIED STITCH GAUGE

  1 pair each BERNAT-Aero straight knitting needles Nos. 5 and 6 (3.75 mm and 4.25 mm) OR ANY SIZE NEEDLES THAT WILL GIVE THE SPECIFIED STITCH GAUGE

1 BERNAT-Aero cable stitch needle

GAUGE: 9 sts -- 2 inches 6 rows = 1 inch

NOTE 1: All incs are made by picking up the thread lying between the last st and the next st and knitting into the back of it.

NOTE 2: The abbreviations used in the following directions are preceded by the explanation the first time they appear.

CABLE PATTERN STITCH FOR BACK AND FRONT ARMHOLES: To be worked on each Group of 6 sts as designated.

Row 1: Sl next st onto cable needle and hold in FRONT of work, k next 2 sts, k st from cable needle (FC 3); sl next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in BACK of work, k next st, k 2 sts from cable needle (BC 3).

Row 2: P 2, skip next st, p into front loop of next st, p skipped st (TWIST 2), p 2.

Row 3: BC 3, FC 3.

Rows 4 and 6: P 6.

Rows 5 and 7: K 6.

Row 8: P 6.

Repeat these 8 rows for cable pattern stitch for back and front armholes.

BACK: Using smaller needles, cast on 79 (89-99-109) sts.

Row 1: P 1, * k 1, p 1, repeat from · across Row.

Row 2: K 1, * p 1, k 1, repeat from * across Row.

Repeat these 2 rows for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Change to larger needles and starting with a p Row, work even in reverse stockinette st until piece measures 18 (18 ½ -19-19 ½ ) inches or desired length to Underarm, ending with a k Row.

SHAPE ARMHOLES:

At the beg of each of the next 4 rows bind off 5 (6-7-8) sts -- 59 (65-71-77) sts.

Row 5: P 2 (3-4-5), k 3, inc 1 st, k 2, p 45 (49-53-57), k 2, inc 1 st, k 3, p 2 (3-4-5) -- 2 sts inc.

Row 6: K 2 (3-4-5), p 6, k 45 (49-53-57), p 6, k 2 (3-4-5).

Row 7: P 2 (3-4-5), put a marker on needle, work Row 1 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, put a marker on needle, p to last 8 (9-10-11) sts, put a marker on needle, work Row 1 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, put a marker on needle, p 2 (3-4-5).

Row 8: K 2 (3-4-5), work Row 2 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, k 1, inc 1 st, k to I st before 3rd marker, inc 1 st, k 1, work Row 2 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, k 2 (3-4-5) -- 2 sts inc. Continue in this manner to work each group of 6 sts between markers in cable pattern st for armholes and remaining sts in reverse stockinette st, inc 2 sts in same

manner as before every 8th Row 5 times more -- 73 (79-85-91) sts. Work even in pattern as established until armholes measure 8 (8½ -9-9½) inches.

SHAPE SHOULDERS: At the beg of each of the next 4 rows bind off 8 (9-9-10) sts. At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 8 (8-10-10) sts. Bind off remaining 25 (27-29-31) sts.

CABLE PATTERN STITCH FOR FRONT:

To be worked on 17 sts as designated.

Row 1: FC 3, BC 3, p 5, FC 3, BC 3.

Row 2: P 2, TWIST 2, p 2, k 5, p 2, TWIST 2, p2.

Row 3: BC 3, FC 3, p 5, BC 3, FC 3.

Rows 4 and 6: P 6, k 5, p 6.

Rows 5 and 7: K 6, p 5, k 6.

Row 8: Repeat Row 4.

Repeat these 8 rows for cable pattern for front.

FRONT: Using smaller needles, cast on 79 (89-99-109) sts.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of back ribbing for 2 inches, ending with Row 2.

Change to larger needles. INC ROW: P 32 (37-42-47), k2, inc 1 st, k 3, p 5, k 3, inc 1 st, k 2, p 32 (3742-47) -- 81 (91-101-111) sts. On the next Row k 32 (37-42-47), p 6, k 5, p 6, k 32 (37-42-47). Row 1: P 32 (37-42-47), put a marker on needle, work Row 1 of cable pattern st on next 17 sts, put a marker on needle, p 32 (37-42-47).

Row 2: K 32 (37-42-47), work Row 2 of cable pattern st on next 17 sts, k 32 (37-42-47). Continue in this manner to work 17 sts between markers in pattern st and remaining sts in reverse stockinette st until piece measures 18 (18½, 19-19½) inches or desired length to underarm, ending with a wrong side row.

SHAPE FRONT OPENING AND ARMHOLES: Discontinuing cable pattern st on 17 sts between markers and removing markers, on the next Row p 31

36-40-44), sl remaining sts onto a holder.

LEFT SIDE:

Row 1: Knit.

Rows 2 and 4: At arm edge bind off 5 (6-7-8) sts, work to end of Row.

Rows 3 and 5: Knit.

Row 6: P 2(3-4-5), k 3, inc 1 st, k 2, p 14(16-17-18).

Row 7: K 14 (16-17-18),p 6, k 2(3-4-5).

Row 8: P 2 (3-4-5), put a marker on needle, work Row 1 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, put a marker on needle, p 14 (16-17-18).

Row 9: K 2, s1 1 as if to k, k 1, psso (neck dec), k to 1 st before marker, inc 1 st, k 1, work Row 2 of cable pattern st for armholes on next 6 sts, k 2 (3-4-5).

Continue in this manner to work 6 sts between markers in cable pattern st for armholes as established and remaining sts in reverse stockinette st, and AT THE SAME TIME, dec 1 st at neck edge every 8th Row 3 (4-4-4) times more and inc 1 st before first marker 5 times more. When all shaping has been completed, work even in pattern as established on 24 (26-28-30) sts until armhole measures 8 (8½ -9-9½) inches.

SHAPE SHOULDER: At arm edge bind off 8(9-9-10) sts twice and 8(8-10-10) sts once.

RIGHT SIDE: With right side facing you, sl 50 (55-61-67) sts onto larger needles. Join yarn at neck edge and bind off 1 9(19-21-23) sts, p to end of Row. K 1 Row, p 1 Row. Finish to correspond to left side, reversing all shaping and placing of armhole pattern st.

SLEEVES: Using smaller needles, Last on 43 (45-47-49) sts.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of back ribbing for 3 inches.

Change to larger needles. Starting with a p Row, work in reverse stockinette st, inc 1 st each end of needle and repeat this inc every 4th Row 11 (12-13-13) times, putting a marker in each side of work when piece measures 18 (18½ -19-19½) inches. Work even in reverse stockinette st on 67 (71-75-77) sts until piece measures 20 (21-22-23) inches.

SHAPE CAP: At the beg of each of the next 2 rows bind off 5 (6-7-8) sts. At the beg of each of the next 6 (8-10-10) rows bind off 7 (6-5-5) sts. Bind off remaining 15 (11-11-11) sts.

COLLAR: LEFT SIDE: Using larger needles, cast on 23 (23-25-27) sts. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of back ribbing once. At the beg of the next Row inc 1 st and repeat this inc every other Row 3 (3-5-7) times more, forming new ribs as sts are inc. Work 1 Row. On the next Row inc 1 st at same edge and repeat this inc every 4th Row 5 times more, ending at straight edge.

SHORT ROWS:

Row 1: Work to last 6 sts.

Row 2: Turn, work to end of Row.

(Work 3 rows. On the next Row inc 1 st at shaped edge of collar) twice.

Repeat the last 10 rows twice more. Put a marker at shaped edge of last Row.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 of short rows. Work even on all sts for 4 rows.

SHORT ROWS: (Row 1: Work to last 18 sts.

Row 2: Turn, work to end of Row.

Work even for 4 rows) twice.

Repeat the last 12 rows once more.

SHORT ROWS: Row 1: Work to last 6 sts.

Row 2: Turn, work to end of Row. Work even for 2 (2-4-6) rows, ending at straight edge of collar.

SHAPE CENTER BACK: SHORT ROWS: Row 1: Work to last 6 sts.

Row 2: Turn, work to end of Row.

Row 3: Work to last 12 sts.

Row 4: Turn, work to end of Row.

Row 5: Work to last 18 sts.

Row 6: Turn, work to end of Row.

Row 7: Work to last 24 sts.

Row 8: Turn, work to end of Row. Sl sts onto a holder. Work right side of collar to correspond to left side, reversing all shaping. Place the two pieces tog, right sides facing and bind off tog in ribbing the 2 sets of sts.

FINISHING: Sew underarm, shoulder and sleeve seams to markers. Set in sleeves. Sew shaped edge of collar to neck edge, overlapping at center front.

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