Striped Sunshine Sweater

Get yourself ready for spring with this airy sweater in cheerful bands of sunny colors. Wear over a tank top or even your bathing suit when the weather warms up.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size S (M, L, XL, 2XL); 41 (46, 51.5, 55, 58)”

10” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size S

Gauge: 28 sts and 4 rows = 4” [10 cm] in main pattern

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Scheepjes Metropolis (75% Merino Wool Extra Fine, 25% Nylon; 219 yards [200 meters]/50 grams): 034 Alexandria (CC1, 2 (3, 3, 3, 3) balls), 078 Lyon (CC2, (3 (3, 4, 4, 4) balls), 076 Sevilla (CC3, 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) balls)

Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Chainless starting double crochet (csdc): Pull up the loop on the hook to the height of a normal dc, hold the yarn to the hook with your finger so it doesn’t move, yo with the stretched loop, insert hook to first st and draw a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps, yo, draw through all lps.

Chainless starting treble crochet (cstr): Pull up the loop on the hook to the height of a normal tr, hold the yarn to the hook with your finger so it doesn’t move, yo with the stretched loop two times, insert hook to first st and draw a lp, (yo, draw through 2 lps) two times, yo, draw through all lps.

Pattern Notes

The garment is worked flat in 4 pieces (body back, body front, sleeves).

The color changes are not written out in the pattern. To see when to change color, refer to the Color Scheme table. Change to the next color when finishing the last st of the current color.

Pattern

Back

Left Shoulder

With CC1, ch 42 (47, 52, 57, 62).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch across, fasten off.

Right Shoulder

With CC1, ch 42 (47, 52, 57, 62).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch across, turn.

Join to Left Shoulder

Row 2: Csdc, dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts*; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, ch 40 (45, 50, 50, 50), dc in next 2 sts of Left Shoulder, ch 3, sk next 2 sts; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st*; rep from * to * 7 (8, 9, 9, 9) times, sc in next 41 (46, 51, 51, 51) st; rep from * to * 8 (9, 10, 10, 10) times, turn.

Row 4: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts*; rep from * to * 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) times, [ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts] 7 (8, 9, 9, 9) times; rep from * to * 8 (9, 10, 11, 12) times, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Row 5: Csdc, 2 dc in next ch-sp, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * to last 3 st, sk next st, 2 dc in next ch-sp, dc in last st, turn.

Row 6: Csdc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 5 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 8: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Rep Rows 5-8 until piece meas 23.25 (24, 24.75, 25.75, 26.75)”, ending on RS.

Fasten off.

Front

Right Shoulder

With CC1, ch (47, 52, 57, 62).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch across, turn.

Row 2: Csdc, dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 4: Cstr, dc in same st, ch 3, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 5: Csdc, 2 dc in next ch-sp, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 6: Cstr, dc in same st, ch 3, sk next st, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Rows 7-9: Rep Rows 3-5, fasten off.

Left Shoulder

With CC1, ch (47, 52, 57, 62).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch across, turn.

Row 2: Csdc, dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 4: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, (1 dc, 1 tr) in last st, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * to last 3 st, sk next st, 2 dc in next ch-sp, dc in last st, turn.

Row 6: Csdc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, (1 dc, 1 tr) in last st, turn.

Rows 7-9: Rep Rows 3-5.

Join to Right Shoulder

Row 10: Csdc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts*; rep from * to * to last 2 sts, sk next st, (dc, tr) in last st, ch 25 (30, 35, 35, 35), (tr, dc) in next st of Right Shoulder, ch 3, sk next st; rep from * to * to last 5 sts, ch 3 sk next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st*; rep from * to * 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) times, sc in next 26 (31, 36, 36, 36) sts; rep from * to * 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times, turn.

Row 12: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts*; rep from * to * 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times, [ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts] 4 (5, 6, 6, 6) times; rep from * to * 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) times, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Row 13: Csdc, 2 dc in next ch-sp, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * to last 3 st, sk next st, 2 dc in next ch-sp, dc in last st, turn.

Row 14: Csdc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 5 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 15: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 16: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Rep Rows 13-16 until piece meas 23.25 (24, 24.75, 25.75, 26.75)”, ending on RS.

Fasten off.

Sleeves (Make 2)

With CC1, ch 87 (92, 97, 102, 107).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch across, turn.

Row 2: Csdc, dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Row 4: Sl st in first st, sl st in next 3 sts, csdc in the same st, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next sts; rep from *

Row 5: Rep Row 3.

Row 6: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Row 7: Csdc, 2 dc in next ch-sp, sk next st, sc in next st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * to last 3 st, sk next st, 2 dc in next ch-sp, dc in last st, turn.

Row 8: Csdc, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 5 sts, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in first st, *sk next st, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn.

Sizes S (M, L, -, -)

Rows 10-45: Rep Rows 4-9 six more times.

Row 46: Csdc, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in last st, turn.

Rows 47-49: Rep Rows 7-9.

Fasten off.

Sizes – (-, -, XL, 2XL)

Rows 10-51: Rep Rows 4-9 seven more times.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Block to dimension given in schematic.

Join shoulder seams at both sides.

Pin centre of sleeve heads to shoulder seams and stitch in place.

Seam sides of body and sleeves.

Weave in ends.

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