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Child's Hooded Sweatshirt

Slouchy Styling Means Classy Comfort

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The Child's Hooded Sweatshirt in action.

© Eileen Casey, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This is one sweater your kid will want to pull on again and again. Soft and comfortable, with a slightly oversized fit, drop sleeves and a kangaroo pocket -- it's like a security blanket that you can wear! Newer knitters can leave out the pocket, if desired.

Materials:

  • 3 skeins Patons Decor in shade 82307 Florals Variegated, or 480 (500, 525, 560, 580) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice.
  • 1 pair size US 7 (4.5 mm)knitting needles
  • Size 7 US spare circular needle
  • Circular needle in a size smaller than US 7 (4.5mm)
  • Crochet hook for picking up stitches, in size smaller than US 7
  • Scissors and yarn needle for finishing
  • Stitch holders and safety pins
  • Row counter

Gauge:

5 stitches and 6.5 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch.

Size:

2 years, (3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years) Instructions are given for smallest size first with larger sizes in parentheses. See schematic for more sizing information.

Chest size finished garment: 24 (26, 27, 29, 30) inches

Length from back neck: 14.5 (15, 15.5, 16, 16.5) inches

Sample knit in 2 years size, by Eileen Casey

Knitting the Back:

  1. With size 7, cast on 62 (66, 70, 74, 78) stitches.
  2. Establish 2x2 ribbing pattern as follows: knit 1, knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1. Continue for 1 inch.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch and work until piece measures 14.5 (15, 15.5, 16, 16.5) inches.
  4. Transfer live stitches to a holder.

Knit the Front:

  1. Work as for back until piece measures 3 (3.5, 3.5, 4, 4) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  2. Split for pocket: K13 (14,15, 16, 17) then ONTO SPARE NEEDLE K2, P2, K28 (30, 32, 34, 36), P2, K2. Put remaining 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) stitches on a holder.
  3. The pocket flap comprises the stitches knit onto the spare needle, and the flap is knit first.
  4. P2, K2, P28 (30, 32, 34, 36) K2, P2. 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) stitches total.
  5. K2, P2, K28 (30, 32, 34, 36) P2, K2.
  6. Repeat these 2 rows once more.
  7. Next row: K2, P2, knit 2 together, K24 (26, 28, 30, 32), slip, slip, knit, P2, K2. 34 (36, 38, 40, 42) stitches total.
  8. Next row: P2, K2, P26 (28, 30, 32, 34), K2, P2.
  9. Next row: K2, P2, K2tog, K22 (24,26, 28, 30), SSK, P2, K2. 32 (34, 36, 38, 40) stitches total.
  10. Work 3 rows straight, keeping the first 4 and last 4 stitches in ribbing as established.
  11. Next row: K2, P2, K2tog, K20 (22, 24, 26, 28), SSK, P2, K2. 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) stitches total.
  12. Work straight, keeping the first 4 and last 4 stitches in ribbing as established, until 26 (26, 30, 30, 30) rows have been worked, ending with a wrong side row. Work the last 2 rows in plain stockinette (no purling at edges).
  13. Leave stitches of pocket flap on a holder.
  14. With the right side of the work facing and a small-sized circular needle, pick up and knit 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) stitches in the back bumps of the stitches along the first row of the pocket flap, then knit the 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) stitches that were left on the holder.
  15. Purl back across all stitches: those that were on the holder, the pocket stitches, and the remaining 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) stitches of the front. All 62 (66, 70, 74, 78) stitches are now together on the needle.
  16. Work in Stockinette for a further 24 (24, 28, 28, 28) rows, or until the piece is the same height as the pocket flap, ending with a wrong side row.
  17. Close pocket: K13 (14, 15, 16, 17), K2tog across pocket top by knitting the next 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) stitches along with the 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) stitches of the pocket flap.
  18. Continue in Stockinette until piece measures 11 (12, 12.5, 12.5, 13) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  19. Shape right neck: K27 (29, 31, 33, 35), P2, K2, turn.
  20. P2, K2, P2tog tbl, P to end.
  21. Next row: K24 (26, 28, 30, 32), K2tog, P2, K2, turn.
  22. Next row: P2, K2, P to end.
  23. Repeat these last 2 rows until 24 (25, 26, 28, 29) stitches remain, ending with a wrong side row.
  24. Next row: K19 (20, 21, 23, 24), turn and work on these stitches in Stockinette until neck opening measures 3 (3, 3, 3.5, 3.5) inches and matches length of back piece.
  25. Leave 5 stitches at neck edge on a safety pin, and the remaining front stitches on a holder.
  26. Shape left neck: Rejoin yarn at center of neck opening, K2, P2, K to end.
  27. P to last 6 stitches, P2tog, K2, P2.
  28. K2, P2, SSK, K to end.
  29. P to last 4 stitches, K2, P2.
  30. Repeat these last 2 rows until 24 (25, 26, 28, 29) stitches remain, ending with a right side row.
  31. Next row: P19 (20, 21, 23, 24), turn, work on these stitches in Stockinette until neck opening measures 3 (3, 3, 3.5, 3.5) inches and matches the length of the back piece.
  32. Leave 5 stitches at neck edge on a safety pin, and the remaining front stitches on a holder.

Knit the Sleeves:

  1. With 7 US needle, cast on 42 (42, 42, 46, 46) stitches.
  2. Establish 2x2 rib pat on Row 1: K1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
  3. Work 1.5 inches in 2x2 rib.
  4. Purl a row.
  5. Knit a row.
  6. Continue to work in Stockinette stitch, increasing at each end of every 4th row 5 (7, 8, 5, 8) times and then every 6th row 4 (5, 6, 7, 7) times until there are 60 (66, 70, 70, 76) stitches.
  7. Work straight until piece measures 10 (11, 12, 13, 13.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  8. Bind off. Make a second sleeve in the same manner.

Finishing:

Place the back and front together, with wrong sides facing out. Join shoulder seams; using the 3 needle bind off.

Knit the Hood:

Starting at the left neck edge with a US 7 circular needle, work the 5 edging stitches in pattern, then pick up and knit 11 stitches along the neck edge, knit the 24 (26, 28, 28, 30) stitches along back neck, pick up 11 stitches down neck edge, then work the 5 edging stitches in pattern. There are 56 (58, 60, 60, 62) stitches.

Work back and forth in Stockinette, keeping the P2, K2 in pattern along the edges, until hood measures 1.5; inches from picked up edge, ending with a wrong side row.

Work following increases on next and every 2nd row 4 times, and every subsequent 4th row until there are 78 (80, 82, 84, 88) stitches: work 15, m1, K to 15 stitches before end, m1, work 15.

Continue to work in Stockinette until hood measures 9.5 (10, 10.5, 11, 12) inches.

Fold the hood in half lengthwise (with wrong side facing out) and work a 3 needle bind off to close top of hood (or bind off all stitches, fold hood in half and sew a seam).

Fold sleeves in half lengthwise and pin into place, with center of sleeve at shoulder seam.; Sew the side and sleeve seams. Weave in ends, then block sweater to schematic measurements.

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