Friday, January 17, 2020

Free Knit Pattern-- Mountain Breeze Pullover





Wow! I can't believe I'm sitting down and writing this blog post on the Mountain Breeze Pullover.  I started designing this oversized knit pullover pattern almost a year ago. Yes, it took me that long. In September of last year (2019), I sat down and thought to myself that I should probably finish up this work in progress.

The Mountain Breeze Pullover made it's first appearance on my socials in October, tested in December and now finally debuting as a free knit pattern as my very first knit garment designed. What do you think?

The sweater was made using Lion Brand's Jeans yarn. It's a thinner worsted weight yarn so if you're looking for an advanced beginner knit pattern, look no further and try this pattern out. The yarn itself is very soft and it comes out beautifully knit.

The knitted pullover is easily a favorite that can be worn out or as a night in sweater. Looking for cozy? The Mountain Breeze Pullover is for you!




Pattern
For an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.
To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.


Materials
-5.5mm circular knitting needles
- 5 (6, 7) Lion Brand Jeans in color Stonewash
-tapestry needle                                                                

Gauge
Every 24 rows and 18 stitches equals 4 inches.

Measurements
Measurements are rough estimates as reading can vary depending on how you spread your work. The pieces can stretch fairly easily so as long as your work is roughly around the measurements you’ll be okay.

Back Panel= S/M (27.3” length, 28.25” wide) L/XL (27.5” Length, 29.25” Width), 2XL/3XL (27.8” length, 30.25” in width) 

Front Panel= S/M (22.5” length, 28.25” wide), L/XL (22.8” length, 29.25” width), 2XL/3XL (23” length, 30.25” width)

Sleeves- S/M (16.3”), L/XL (16.3”), 2XL/3XL (16.6”) 

Armhole depth- S/M (7.75”), L/XL (8.75”), 2XL/3XL (9.75”)

Abbreviations
k- knit
k2tog- knit 2 together 
kfb-knit front and back
M1-make 1
p-purl
ssk- slip, slip, knit
sts- stitches
BO- bind off

Notes
-The sleeves are purposely designed to be longer than the normal arm length. If you would like them to be at wrist length, simply knit fewer rows. 
-Everything is customizable for lengths. You can simply knit more or less rows to achieve your desired length.
-This pattern has a positive ease of 8-9 inches. If you’d like a smaller positive ease, size down.

Pattern

Back Panel

Cast on 126 (132, 138)

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat until you have 2 sts left, k2 (size L/XL repeat to the end)
Row 2: (size L/XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat until you have 2 sts left, p2
Row 4-6: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-162: repeat rows 7 and 8
Row 163: knit
Row 164: purl (Size S/M, BO after this row)
Row 165: knit (Sizes L/XL, BO after this row)
Row 166: purl
Row 167: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row)

Front Panel

Cast on 126 (132, 138)

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, k2 (size L/XL repeat to the end)
Row 2: (size L/XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, p2 
Row 4-6: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-84*: repeat rows 7 and 8

If you wish to make your front panel longer, do so here by repeating rows 7 and 8

Row 85: k63 (66, 69), M1, knit to the end (127, 133, 139)
Row 86: purl
Row 87: k63 (66, 69), place a stitch marker, BO 1, knit to the end (126, 132, 138)

Left side of your work (the right side of the v-neck when worn)

Row 88: purl until you reach the stitch marker; disregard the other half of your work (63, 66, 69)
Row 89: k1, k2tog, knit (62, 65, 68)
Row 90: purl
Row 91-104: repeat rows 89 and 90 (55, 58, 61)
Row 105: k1, k2tog, knit (54, 57, 60)
Row 106: purl
Row 107: knit
Row 108: purl
Row 109-132: repeat rows 105-108 (repeat 5 more times) (48, 51, 54)
Row 133: (Size S/M knit across) k1, k2tog, knit (48, 50, 53)
Row 134: purl
Row 135: knit (Size 2XL/3XL repeat row 133, Size S/M BO after this row) (48, 50, 52)
Row 136: purl
Row 137: knit (Size L/XL, BO after this row)
Row 138: purl 
Row 139: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row) 

Right side of your work (the left side of the v-neck when worn)

Row 88(WS): purl (63, 66, 69)
Row 89: knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (62, 65, 68)
Row 90: purl
Row 91-104: repeat rows 89 and 90 (55, 58, 61)
Row 105: knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (54, 57, 60)
Row 106: purl
Row 107: knit
Row 108: purl
Row 109-132: repeat rows 105-108 (repeat 5 more times) (48, 51, 54)
Row 133: (Size S/M knit across) knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (48, 50, 53)
Row 134: purl
Row 135: knit (Size 2XL/3XL: repeat row 133, Size S BO after this row) (48, 50, 52)
Row 136: purl
Row 137: knit (Size L/XL, BO after this row) 
Row 138: purl 
Row 139: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row) 




Sleeves

Cast on 50 (58, 64) 

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, k2 (size 2XL/3XL repeat from * to the end of your ribbing)
Row 2: (size 2XL/3XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, p2 
Row 3-6: repeat rows 1 and 2 
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-22: repeat rows 7 and 8
Row 23: k1, kfb, knit til you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (52, 60, 66)
Row 24: purl
Row 25: knit
Row 26: purl
Row 27-30: repeat rows 23-26 (54, 62, 68)
Row 31: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (56, 64, 70
Row 32: purl
Row 33: knit
Row 34: purl
Row 35: knit
Row 36: purl
Row 37: knit
Row 38: purl
Row 39-94: repeat rows 31-38 (70, 78, 84)
Row 95: knit (sizes 2XL, 3XL: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1) (70, 78, 86)
Row 96: purl

BO for sizes small, medium

Row 97: knit
Row 98: purl

BO for sizes large, x-large.
Row 99: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (88)
Row 100: purl
Row 101: knit
Row 102:purl

BO for sizes 2x and 3x-large



Collar

Cast on 142 (146, 150)

Row 1: *k2, p2* repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, k2
Row 2: *p2, k2* repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, p2
Row 3-6: repeat rows 1 and 2

BO

If you would like a thicker collar, continue to knit rows 1 and 2.

 Sweater Assembly

Hold your front and back panel together with both right sides facing out. With your tapestry needle, mattress stitch the stitches at the shoulder, stitch for stitch, starting from the outside and working towards the center. It is best to use mattress stitch to make your sweater look seamless.

With your tapestry needle, mattress stitch a sleeve starting from the wrist and working up towards the upper arm. Mattress stitch the sleeve to the body panels with the seamed side facing down. (Stitch markers will help tremendously to keep you stay on track). After the sleeve is attached to the front and back panels, mattress stitch down the side of the body. You can choose to seam until you reach the end of the front panel or leave an inch or your desired length of slit before the end. Do the same to the other side.



Take your collar and carefully place the ends so that they are perpendicular to each other to form a V. Stitch the edges where the two ends meet so they are joined together. Mattress stitch your collar around the neck hole.



Remember to tag me on my socials with your very own Mountain Breeze Pullover. I look forward to seeing it!


Happy knitting!


XO, 

Laura




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