Monday, January 13, 2014

Knitting!: Northern Whale Cowichan Sweater - Toddler's Cardigan

 Here it is!  have been so excited to share this pattern with you! It is my very first sweater pattern that I designed and drafted after reading a fantastic book that taught me how to make sweater patterns. There is only one size available -unfortunately I still don't know how to make patterns for multiple sizes. This sweater will likely fit a 2-3 year-old. My averaged sized 18 month old son is modelling it and it is quite large on him. He definitely has a lot of room to grow into it. I've provided measurements with the pattern, so go based off that. The pattern is posted below and I will also provide links for a file that you can download that is easier to print. I hope you enjoy!

































Northern Whale Cowichan Sweater – Toddler's Cardigan

Yarn: Briggs and Little Country Roving, 2 skeins in Light Grey (13), 1 skein in Dark Grey (11), and 1 skein in Snow White (100)
Needles: 6mm straight Needles, 5mm circular needles or whatever size needle to achieve the correct gauge
Gauge: 9st x 15rows = 4 inches squared in stockinette st with 6mm needles
Abbreviations:
k-knit
k2tog-knit two together
p-purl
p2tog-purl two together
rs-right side
ssk-slip, slip, knit
ssp-slip, slip, purl
st-stitches
ws-wrong side
yo-yarn over
Notions: 3 large buttons
Measurements:
14.5” wide
15.5” long
17” arm length (from shoulder to wrist)
29” circumference

Back
With 5mm needles, cast on 32 stitches in Light Grey.
Work 4 rows in k1, p1 ribbing
Switch to 6mm needles and work 4 rows in stockinette st, ending on a ws row.
Switch yarn to Snow White and begin the Colour Chart A for the Back (using Snow White and Dark Grey) for the next 22 rows.
Work armholes:
Switch to Light Grey yarn
Row 1: Bind off 1 stitch and knit to end of row
Row 2: Bind off 1 st and p to end
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 4: p
Row 5: k
Row 6: p
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 8: p
Row 9: k
Row 10: p
Row 11: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 12: p
Row 13: k
Row 14: p
Row 15: k
Row 16: p
Row 17: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 18: p
Row 19: k
Row 20: p
Row 21: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 22: p
Row 23: k
Row 24: p
Row 25: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1
Row 26: p
Row 27: k3, bind off 12 st, k3
Row 28: p and bind off remaining stitches (reattaching yarn at the other shoulder to complete this)


Right Front:
With 5mm, cast on 17 st in Light Grey
Work 4 rows of k1, p1 ribbing
Switch to 6mm needles and work 4 rows in stockinette st, ending on a ws row.
Switch to Snow White yarn and work the Colour Chart B for the Right Front (using Snow White and Dark Grey) for the next 22 rows.
Work the Armholes and Neck:
Switch to Light Grey yarn
Row 1: k
Row 2: bind off 1 st, purl to end (16st)
Row 3: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (15st)
Row 4: p
Row 5: k
Row 6: p
Row 7: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (14st)
Row 8: p
Row 9: k
Row 10: p
Row 11: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (13st)
Row 12: p
Row 13: k
Row 14: p
Row 15: k1, k2tog, k to end (12st)
Row 16: p
Row 17: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (10st)
Row 18: p
Row 19: k1, k2tog, k to end (9st)
Row 20: p
Row 21: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (7st)
Row 22: p
Row 23: k1, k2tog, k to end (6st)
Row 24: p
Row 25: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 (4st)
Row 26: p
Row 27: k1, k2tog, k1 (3st)
Row 28: p
Bind off

Left Front:
With 5mm, cast on 17 st in Light Grey
Work 4 rows of k1, p1 ribbing
Switch to 6mm needles and work 4 rows in stockinette st, ending on a ws row.
Switch to Snow White yarn and work the Colour Chart C for the Left Front (using Snow White and Dark Grey) for the next 22 rows.
Work the Armholes and Neck:
Switch to Light Grey yarn
Row 1: Bind off 1 st, k to end (16st)
Row 2: p
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k to end (15st)
Row 4: p
Row 5: k
Row 6: p
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k to end (14st)
Row 8: p
Row 9: k
Row 10: p
Row 11: k1, k2tog, k to end (13st)
Row 12: p
Row 13: k
Row 14: p
Row 15: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (12st)
Row 16: p
Row 17: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (10st)
Row 18: p
Row 19: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (9st)
Row 20: p
Row 21: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (7st)
Row 22: p
Row 23: k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (6st)
Row 24: p
Row 25: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 (4st)
Row 26: p
Row 27: k1, ssk, k1 (3st)
Row 28: p
Bind off

Sleeves:
With 5mm needles, cast on 16 st in Light Grey
Work 4 rows of k1, p1 ribbing
Switch to 6mm needles
Row 1: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (18st)
Row 2: p
Row 3: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (20st)
Row 4: p
Row 5: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (22st)
Row 6: p
Row 7: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (24st)
Row 8: p
Work sleeve Colour Chart D from rows 9 through 30 while continuing to increase as follows:
Row 9: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (26st)
Row 10: p
Row 11: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (28st)
Row 12: p
Row 13: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (30st)
Row 14: p
Row 15: k1, m1, k until 1 from end, m1, k1 (32st)
Row 16: p
Row 17: k
Row 18: p
Row 19: k
Row 20: p
Row 21: k
Row 22: p
Row 23: k
Row 24: p
Row 25: k
Row 26: p
Row 27: k
Row 28: p
Row 29: k
Row 30: p

Decrease for Sleeve Cap:
Switch to Light Grey yarn
Row 1: Bind off 1 stitch, k to end (31st)
Row 2: Bind off 1 stitch, p to end (30st)
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (28st)
Row 4: p
Row 5: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (26st)
Row 6: p
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (24st)
Row 8: p
Row 9: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (22st)
Row 10: p
Row 11: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (20st)
Row 12: p
Row 13: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (18st)
Row 14: p
Row 15: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (16st)
Row 16: p
Row 17: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (14st)
Row 18: p
Row 19: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (12st)
Row 20: p
Row 21: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (10st)
Row 22: p
Row 23: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (8st)
Row 24: p
Row 25: k1, k2tog, k until 3 from end, ssk, k1 (6st)
Row 26: p
Row 27: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 (4st)
Row 28: p2tog, ssp (2st)
Bind off

Work another sleeve in the same manner.

Weave in ends, block and then sew shoulder seams, attach sleeves to fronts and backs, and sew up side seams. I recommend using an invisible weave stitch with one-half stitch allowance for all the seams (except the shoulders).

Front Bands and Shawl Collar
Using 5mm circular needles in Light Grey, pick up and knit 118 st around the right front, back neck, and left front as follows:
Right front to beginning of v-neck shaping pick up 33 st (3 for every 4 rows)
yo, pick up 14st along the right front of the v-neck
Pick up 20 st along the shoulders and back
Pick 14 st along the left front of v-neck, yo
Pick up 33 st down the left front (3 for every 4 rows)
Working in garter stitch, knit the band until it is 1 inch wide.

Working buttonholes
K3, and work a buttonhole in the following way:
Bring yarn to front, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn to back. *Slip the next st to the right needle and pull the second st over it and off the needle* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, for a total of 4 stitches. Slip the last st from the right needle back to the left needle and turn work. Move yarn to the back and * insert the right needle between the first two st on the left needle, draw up a loop (as if knitting) and place it on the left needle. (this is the cable method of casting on)* Repeat from * to * 4 more times for a total of 5 cast on stitches. Turn work. With the yarn in the back, slip the first st from the left needle onto the right needle and pass the extra cast-on stitch over it and off the needle.
K4, and work another buttonhole in the same manner.
K4, and work another buttonhole in the same manner.
K to the end of the row.
Continue knitting the band in garter st until it measures 1.5 inches wide. On the last ws row, place a marker (now called the second marker) after the first 33st on the left front (at the beginning of the v-neck shaping) and another (now called the first marker) before the last 33st on the right front (at the beginning of the v-neck shaping).

Shawl Collar Short Rows
Row 1: Work a rs row until 1 st before the second marker. Turn work in the following manner: Bring yarn to front. Slip the next st purlwise, bring yarn to back. Slip the same st back to left needle and pass the yarn to the front. Turn work. (Use this method for all the turns)
Row 2: Work a ws row until 1 st before the 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 3: K until 2 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 4: K until 2 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 5: K until 3 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 6: K until 3 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 7: K until 4 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 8: K until 4 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 9: K until 5 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 10: K until 5 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 11: K until 6 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 12: K until 6 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 13: K until 7 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 14: K until 7 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Row 15: K until 8 st before 2nd marker. Turn work.
Row 16: K until 8 st before 1st marker. Turn work.
Leaving a small tail to weave in, break yarn and slip stitches until the beginning of RS row (the bottom of the right front). Using 6mm needles, bind off all the stitches in the band and collar.
Weave in all ends.
Sew on 3 buttons on the left front corresponding to the buttonholes on the right front.

Your sweater is now finished! I hope the little one you are knitting for enjoys it!
Please let me know if you find any errors and I will correct them as soon as possible.

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46 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the pattern, I just might have to knit one for my great-nephew. Coincidentally Briggs and Little Woolen Mill is located in my hometown...I was there today in fact to pick up some new yarn.

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    1. Oh how cool Denise! It would be great to go right to the source to buy it!

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  2. Love this sweater! You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I am definitely going to have to make this one.

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    1. Thanks Terry! I hope this one will be a keepsake in our family.

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  3. Congratulations on your first pattern! It is cute and adorable.

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    1. I love this sweater! I have knit a few cowichans over the past year using the Briggs and little roving and couldn't figure out how to make it in a toddler size- thanks for sharing!

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    2. Thanks! My sister had one when she was a tot, but I have no idea where my Aunt got the pattern for it.

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  5. My Daughter sent me the link to your sweater, she liked the looks of it and wanted to see if I could make one for her son, I just finished it today and wanted to thank you for all your hard work in creating the pattern, it was a fun challange for me as I am not much of a knitter, but I got it done and it looks great.

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    1. Oh awesome! So happy to hear it worked out for you!

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  6. I was not optimistic when I googled baby cowichan. My daughter also requested one for me to make. Thank you so much for your hard work and generosity sharing! I have made 3
    Adult ones and can't wait to do this one!

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    1. You're welcome, Jill! I just wish I knew how to draft it in different sizes as well. I hope it works for you!

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  7. Awesome pattern - I can't wait to make this! Thanks!

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  8. I picked up an adult (s-m women's size) hand-knit woolen sweater at a thrift store, that was just missing collar and front closing. I figure I could add a zipper or buttons and would like to make a Cowichan-style collar using a multi-colour wool that I found that matches the brown and black in the sweater (the off-white was impossible to match, as you can imagine). Do any of you have an idea of how to adapt this great pattern's collar for the larger size? Thanks for any suggestions. Maxine in Burnaby, BC

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    1. Sorry for taking so long to write you back Maxine! I think I would just pick up stitches around the neck of the sweater and work it for about an inch and then start doing short rows- so don't knit quite to the end, maybe leaving an inch or so of stitches and then turn the work and knit back to within one in of that side. And then keep working short rows, excluding one or two stitches each time you go back and forth until you get the taper you want and the height and then work all the stitches in a row and bind off. It is so hard for me to explain it typing it out, I am much more a "show-er" than a "teller". I hope that helps a little bit!!

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  9. So cute, and to be honest, I did a double take, your son and mine could be twins. Although mine is now 41. Love the sweater. Thanks for sharing the pattern

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    1. Haha, your son must have been a cutie! And the vintage-style sweater that my son is wearing in the photo must add to the confusion!

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  10. Thanks for the awesome pattern, reminds me of BC when I used to live there, love those Cowichan sweaters! I just completed the back of your sweater for my 3 year old son, I adjusted the pattern to fit him and he loves the whale design. Say hello to the mountains for me! oxo

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    1. Awesome! I would love to see it when it is done. I'll say hi to the mountains for you :)

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  11. I love this pattern and have with a couple of tweaks adapted it for my knitting machine. With fine wool on a standard gauge machine it is a perfect fit for my friends teddy bear! Thank you for sharing your pattern. I'd love to post a pic to you, but don't know how ๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. How cool! I would love to see a picture! Are you on ravelry?

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  12. I am. I will see if I can send it to you on ravelry. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks Jane! I see that we are now friends, so I will check back to see if you post an image of the sweater!

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  13. I have posted it in my projects. Hope you like it.

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  14. Good morning. I absolutely love this pattern and so many people are asking if I can make it in a bigger size. Did you ever adjust the pattern for bigger sizes? If you have please please please tell me how I can get my hands on that pattern:) Zara:)

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    1. Thanks Zara! Unfortunately, I haven't made it in any bigger sizes. That would mean a loooot of drafting work! Maybe in the future...

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  15. How do I send a picture of how far ive gotten on this pattern? I Just want to make a few more. It was fun making just need to do the collar and button holes. Thank you.

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  16. Hi Gina Marie! Do you have a blog or ravelry or somewhere where you can post a picture and then send me the link?

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  17. i can send picture... i made two sweaters thru your pattern. i just really need to do the shawl collar now and its done. where did you get your buttons? really nice! they wooden ones?

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  18. it was so Fun to knit this pattern!

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  19. do you have the link for the sweater? I cannot seem to find it. Thanks, I love this sweater

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    1. It's at the end of the post, just before the graph pictures. Also, the pattern is all on this post as well.

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  20. Thanks for the great pattern! I spent many years in Victoria where Cowichan sweaters rule! I look forward to knitting this one for a family child in Ontario.

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  21. Can't wait to try this for my 2 yo grandson!

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  23. I made this for my 1 year old great nephew. Very cute! I also usd your instructions to help me knit a button band for an adult sized sweater for my son who wanted a cardigan style cowichan sweater. Thanks for your very clear instructions.

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