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Man's Beaded Rib Sweater

A Classic Pullover – Easy to Knit, Easy to Wear!

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Men's Beaded Rib Sweater

The Men's Beaded Rib Sweater.

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

Newer knitters looking to improve their skills will appreciate this project -- the easily memorized pattern will free you up to concentrate on the paired decreases for raglan shaping, picking up for the neck, and sewing it all together invisibly. Veteran knitters will appreciate the chance for some mindless knitting, with the end result of a sweater your significant other will actually wear!

Materials:

  • 17 (19, 20, 20) skeins Elann.com Peruvian Collection Highland Wool Chunky in 0500 Black or 1,300 (1,370, 1,450, 1,520 yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
  • 1 pair size 8 US (5 mm)knitting needles
  • 16 inch circular needle size 8 US (5mm)
  • 3 stitch holders
  • stitch marker, scissors, tape measure and yarn needle

Gauge:

5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in Beaded Rib Stitch

Size:

Small (Medium, Large, X-Large) Instructions are given for smallest size first with larger sizes in parentheses.

Chest size finished garment: 40 (44, 48, 52) inches

Length from back neck: 25.75 (26.5, 28, 28.5) inches (see schematic for more sizing details)

Sample knit in X-Large, by Eileen Casey

Knitting the Back:

  1. Cast on 102 (110, 122, 130) stitches.
  2. Row 1 (WS): K1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
  3. Row 2 (RS): Knit.
  4. These 2 rows make up the Beaded Rib Pattern; continue until piece measures 16 (16.5, 17, 17) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  5. Shape raglans: Bind off 3 (4, 6, 6) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows, otherwise continuing in pattern.
  6. Next row: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
  7. Next row: K1, P1, work in Beaded Rib pattern to last 2 sts (maintaining straight lines, incorporating decreases into pattern), P1, K1.
  8. Repeat these 2 rows until 30 (34, 34, 40) sts remain, ending with a WS row.
  9. Place stitches on a holder.

Knitting the Front:

  1. Work as for back until there are 44 (48, 48, 54) stitches left on the needles and Front is 2 inches shorter than the back piece, ending with a WS row.
  2. Shape front neck: K1, SSK, K11, bind off 24 (24, 28, 28), K11, K2tog, K1. There are 13 stitches at each neck edge.
  3. Work on left neck, maintaining the armhole decreases at the end of all RS rows.
  4. Bind off 1 stitch at neck edge on next and every following RS row 7 times until 2 stitches remain.; Bind off.
  5. Work right neck, beginning on WS. Maintain raglan decreases at beginning of RS rows.
  6. Bind off 1 stitch at neck edge on this and every following WS row 7 times until 2 stitches remain. Bind off.

Knitting the Sleeves:

  1. Cast on 50 (50, 58, 58) stitches.
  2. Work in 2x2 ribbing as follows: K1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
  3. Continue until ribbing measures 2 inches.
  4. Change to Beaded Rib pattern.
  5. Increase 1 stitch at each end on every following fourth row 7 (9, 10, 10) times, and then every sixth row 8 (8, 9, 10) times, incorporating the new sts into the Beaded Rib pattern. 80 (84, 96, 98) stitches.
  6. Shape raglans: Bind off 3 (4, 6, 6) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows.
  7. Next row: K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
  8. Next row: K1, P1, work in Beaded Rib pattern to last 2 sts (maintaining straight lines, incorporating decreases into pattern), P1, K1.
  9. Repeat these 2 rows until 8 stitches remain, ending with a WS row.
  10. Place stitches on a holder.
  11. Make second sleeve in the same manner.

Finishing the Beaded Rib Sweater:

Fold sleeves in half lengthwise and pin the raglan edges to the back and front with right sides facing. Sew the 4 raglan seams using the mattress stitch. Sew side and sleeves seams. The sweater should now be assembled, with only raw edges at the neck.

Neck Finishing:

  1. Beginning with circular needle at left back, knit 30 (34, 34, 40) sts across Back.
  2. Knit 8 across top of sleeve.
  3. Pick up and knit 11 (11, 11, 10) stitches down right front neck.
  4. Pick up and knit 24 (24, 28, 28) stitches bound off at front neck.
  5. Pick up and knit 11 (11, 11, 10) stitches up left front neck.
  6. Knit 8 stitches across sleeve top. There are 92 (96, 100, 104) stitches.
  7. Place marker and join stitches in round.
  8. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 3 inches.
  9. Bind off in 2x2 rib.

Weave in ends and block sweater to schematic measurements.

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