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Adult Bulky Bear Hug Sweater

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Knit The Front and Sleeves
textured stitch bulky sweater

Close-up of Textured Stitch Pattern.

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Knitting the Sweater Front:

  1. Work as for back until armholes measure 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  2. Work 13 (15, 15, 17) then put these on holder, bind off 12, work 13 (15, 15, 17) to end. Turn and work on left front first.
  3. Decrease 1 stitch at beginning of next 3 right side rows, then continue in pattern until armhole measures 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row. Put stitches on a holder.
  4. Rejoin yarn at left neck edge of front, and begin with a wrong side row. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on every right side row 3 times, then continue in pattern until armhole measures 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
  5. Put stitches on a holder.

Knitting the Sleeves:

  1. Cast on 22 (26, 26, 26) stitches and work for 3 inches in 2x2 rib, ending with a wrong side row.
  2. Increase row: increase 1 at each end -- 24 (28, 28, 28) stitches.
  3. Incorporating new stitches into the Textured Stitch Pattern, increase at each end on every 4th row 5 (4, 5, 5) times, then every 6th row 4 (4, 4, 5) times. There are 42 (44, 46, 48) stitches.
  4. Continue until sleeve measures 20 (20.5, 22, 22.5) inches. Bind off all stitches. Make two sleeves.
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