Every kid needs a pumpkin sweater

DSC_0592The Yarnstead blog now presents a family favorite: the Great Pumpkin Sweater! Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here, but there are still a couple months until Halloween. You can get away with this as a costume if you are expecting a chilly evening trick-or-treating. The Great Pumpkin was originally published in Knitcircus magazine in October 2008 (Knitcircus is still going strong but has transformed into a lovely yarn-dyeing business).  The sample is made in Patons Astra, an easy-care yarn, and the drop shoulder style makes for an easy and quick knit. Hope you enjoy it!


The Great Pumpkin!

By Cindy Koepke

Bright Halloween fun for a favorite child! Fast and easy knitting for a busy parent or new knitter. Sweater features rolled edges, drop shoulder styling, and sleeves knit from the top down. Jack-o-lantern face embellishment is knitted separately (a duplicate stitch face could be substituted). This pattern was designed for my tall son, so CHECK YOUR LENGTH MEASUREMENTS on a garment belonging to the intended recipient.

SIZE: Finished chest width: 26 (30, 34) inches. Finished length: 14 (18, 20.5) inches.

YARN: Patons Astra 100% acrylic, Deep Orange, 5 (7, 9) 50 g balls. Small amount of sport weight or slightly heavier black yarn for embellishments; sample used part of 1 ball Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

SUPPLIES: Straight or circular needles to obtain gauge below, 2 dpns of same gauge for embellishments, 4 markers, long stitch holder.

GAUGE: 22 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches, in stockinette stitch using U.S. size 6 knitting needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE.

BACK:  Cast on 76 (86, 98) sts. Work in st st until piece measures 8 1/2 (11, 13) inches. Mark this row at each end for armhole. Cont in st st until armhole measures 5 1/4 (6 1/4, 7 1/4) inches.

Shape neck: Row 1: K22(27, 31), k2tog, k1. Put remaining sts on holder.
Row 2 and 4: Purl across.
Row 3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Work 4 rows even. BO. Move stitches from holder onto needle. BO center 26 (28, 30) sts. Work left side of neck shaping as for right, reversing shaping (SSK one st in from neck edge).
FRONT:  Work same as back for first 12 (15 1/4, 17 3/4) inches.

Shape neck: Row 1: K27 (31, 36) sts, k2tog, k1; put rest on holder.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Row 4: Purl across.
Rep rows 3 & 4 until 23 (27,32) sts remain in work. Knit 13 (17,20) rows even.
Bind off. BO. Move stitches from holder onto needle. BO center 16 (18, 18) sts. Work left side of neck shaping as for right, reversing shaping (SSK one st in from neck edge).

ROLL COLLAR:  Sew right shoulder seam. Pick up and knit 4(5, 5) sts from left back neck edge, 26 (26, 30) sts from back neck, 4 (5,5) sts from right back neck edge, 17 (18, 21) sts from right front neck edge, 16 (18, 18) sts from front neck, and 17 (18, 21) sts from left front neck edge. K 14 (18, 20) rows. Bind off loosely. Sew left shoulder seam and collar (see finishing note below).

SLEEVES:  Pick up and knit 64 (76, 88) sts between armhole markers one stitch in from the edge. Knit 5 rows even. Dec 1 st at end of next row and every 8th row 10 (15, 18) times until 42 (44, 50) sts remain. Knit 8 (13, 18) rows even OR TO DESIRED SLEEVE LENGTH. Bind off loosely. Repeat for other sleeve.

FINISHING:  Remember that purl side of rolled edges will show, so sew curled part of all seams with the purl side as the right side and the flat parts with the knit side as the right side. Sew side and sleeve seams. Weave in all loose ends.

PUMPKIN FACE:  Triangles (make 3): Cast on 7 sts. K1R. Working in st st or garter st (knitter’s choice), dec 1 st every other row at each edge until 1 stitch remains. K that stitch. Cut 12-inch tail and pull through stitch. Lay triangles on front of sweater and decide on placement of eyes and nose. Sew down with yarn tails.

I-cord mouth (make 1): Cast on 3 sts and work I-cord to desired length. K3tog. Cut 12-inch tail; pull through last stitch. Lay smile on sweater to decide on placement and sew down with yarn tail.

Please contact me by commenting on this post if you have questions about this pattern! You can also reach me on Ravelry or Twitter; in both places, I am yarnstead. 

©2014 Cindy Koepke. All rights reserved. This pattern should not be duplicated or distributed without permission from the designer. Contact designer regarding commercial use of this pattern.

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