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Heartstrings Pullover

This unisex pint-sized pullover is sure to please. This project features ribbing at the sleeves and hem, a shawl collar, contrast bands and a decorative toggle.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Chest Size 26 (28, 30, 32)” to fit chest 24 (26, 28, 30)”

2” positive ease recommended

Shown in size 26”

Gauge: 8 clusters and 16 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stitch Pattern after blocking



Medium Weight Yarn Berroco Vintage (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): 5118 Ruby (MC), 3 (4, 4, 5) balls; #5116 Dove (CC), 1 ball

Hooks: US size I/9 (5.5 mm) for body; US size H/8 (5.0 mm) for ribbing

Notions: Tapestry needle; one 1” (2.5 cm) wooden toggle


Cluster (Cl): (sc, ch 1, sc) in same st


Back Ribbing

With smaller hook and MC, ch 11.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn – 10 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in back lp only of each sc across, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 13 (14, 15, 16)”.


Change to larger hook.
Row 1: Work 26 (28, 30, 32) Cl evenly across long side of ribbing, turn.
Row 2: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 14 (16, 18, 20)” from beginning.

Fasten off.

Front Ribbing

Work same as Back Ribbing.


Work same as Back until piece meas 7 (9, 11, 13)”

Change to CC.

Rows 1-8: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Change to MC.

Rows 9-13: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Shape Neck

Row 1: Cl in next 11 (12, 12, 13) Cl, turn, leaving remaining Cl unworked.

Row 2: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Row 3 (Dec): Cl to last 2 Cl, (sc, ch 1) in next Cl, sc2tog in last 2 Cl, turn – 10 (11, 11, 12) Cl.

Rows 4-5: Rep Row 2.

Row 6 (Dec): Sc2tog first 2 Cl, ch 1, sc in same Cl, Cl in each ch-1 sp to end – 9 (10, 10, 11) Cl.

Rows 7-8: Rep Row 2.

Row 9 (Dec): Rep Row 3 – 8 (9, 9, 10) Cl.

Rows 10-11: Rep Row 2.

Row 12 (Dec): Rep Row 6 – 7 (8, 8, 9) Cl.

Rows 13-14: Rep Row 2.

Row 15 (Dec): Rep Row 3 – 6 (7, 7, 8) Cl.

Fasten off.

Join MC at opposite edge and rep Rows 1-15 of neck shaping.

Sleeve Ribbing

Work same as Back Ribbing until piece meas 7 (7, 8, 8)” from beginning.

Change to larger hook.

Row 1: Work 14 (14, 16, 16) Cl evenly across long side of ribbing, turn.

Rows 2-3: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Row 4: Work 2 sc in first ch-1 sp, Cl in same sp, Cl in each ch-1 sp across to last Cl, Cl in last ch-1 sp, sc in same sp, turn.

Row 5: Cl in first sc, cl in each ch-1 sp across, Cl in last sc, turn – 16 (16, 18, 18) Cl.

Rows 6-8: Cl in each ch-1 sp, turn.

Row 9: Rep Row 4.

Row 10: Rep Row 5 – 18 (18, 20, 20) Cl.

Rows 11-15: Rep Rows 6-10 – 20 (20, 22, 22) Cl.

Rows 16-20: Rep Rows 6-10 – 22 (22, 24, 24) Cl.

Rows 21-25: Rep Rows 6-10 – 24 (24, 26, 26) Cl.


Sizes 28 (30, 32) Only

Rep Rows 6-10, 1 (2, 3) times more – 26 (28, 30) Cl.


All Sizes

Change to CC.

Work 3 rows even in CC.

Change to MC.

Work 3 rows even in MC.

Fasten off.


Sew front to back at shoulder seams.


With smaller hook and MC, join yarn at left front neck edge.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc across 9 unworked sts, sc2tog last st and side of neck edge – 10 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc back lp only in each st.

Row 3: Ch 2, sc back lp only in first 9 sts, sc2tog last st and side of neck edge.

Rep Rows 2-3 around right front edge, back of neck, and left front edge, ending at left front neck edge. Fasten off.

Stitch collar in place at bottom front neck edge.

Join CC at left edge of collar. Sc evenly around collar. Fasten off.

Sew sleeves and side seams.

Weave in ends.

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  • As per my conversion chart for Finished Chest Sizes, 28″ should be for a 10 year old. The width of the ribbing is fine, but 28CL across ribbing just doesn’t add up. Wanted to do 2 sweaters for valentine, but it will be a real crush now. Thank you in advanced for verifying this pattern.

  • Love the pattern. Appreciate very much the free pattern, since I am a senior and retired many years ago because of a disability. Love this pattern as it could be worn all winter since there is no heart in the pattern. Than you so much again. Love the texture of the pattern. Jill

  • Deidra B.

    Hello—what a lovely pattern! Would you consider creating another pattern like this with sizes for older children or teens? I have 9 year old boy/girl twins, and I would love to create some sweaters for them in size 10. Thank you, Deidra Ball

  • Bonnie F.

    Approximately what sizes are they? Ex: 3 or 4.
    Thank you for your help.

  • Ingrid D.

    The directions for the shawl collar appear to be incomplete. It is clearly made of ribbing that is approximately as wide as the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater, but the pattern shows only 3 rows of sc around the collar.
    Please let me know when you post a corrected version – I was planning this as a Christmas gift, but that’s obviously not going to happen without the rest of the pattern.
    Thank you.

    • Hello Ingridd,
      Thank you for your comment. Please see the Collar pattern to rep Rows 2-3 which will get you the appropriate width. Take a look and if you have any other questions or if you need anything, please let us know.


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