The sweater is constructed bottom-up, based on Minilopapeysa Keyring. The maple leaf pattern is adopted from Knitted Maple Leaf Reading Socks. I have included a few tips in my blog. Feel free to adopt it for your interest, but please reference and link back if you are posting your creation.
- Bébé Luv Baby Georga or comparable #3/Light (DK) weight yarn.
- 3.25mm circular or double pointed needles – for 1×1 ribbing stitches.
- 4mm circular or double pointed needles – for stockinette, and fair isle stitches.
- Stitch holders – to hold the sleeves while knitting the body.
- Small safety pins – to hold a few stitches for the underarm grafting.
- Stitch marker – to mark the beginning of a knitting round.
Sleeves – make two
- With 3.25mm needles, cast on 14 stitches. Join and knit 2 rounds of 1×1 ribbing.
- Change to 4mm needles, knit for 20 rows.
- Cut the yarn leaving a tail that is long enough to graft the underarms.
- Set aside to be joined later with the body.
- With 3.25mm needles, cast on 38 stitches. Join and knit 3 rounds of 1×1 ribbing.
- Knit 3, follow the maple leaf pattern as below, knit 6, and then the maple leaf pattern again, then knit 3.
Joining Sleeves and Body
- With the yarn coming from the body, knit 10 stitches of the first sleeve. Pass the remaining 4 stitches of the first sleeve to a safety pin.
- Pass the first 2 stitches of the body to another safety pin.
- Knit 15 stitches of the body.
- Pass the next 4 stitches of the body to a safety pin.
- Knit 10 stitches of the second sleeve. Pass the remaining 4 stitches of the sleeve to another safety pin.
- Knit the remaining stitches of the body, until there are 2 stitches left. Pass the 2 stitches to the safety pin that holds the first 2 stitches of the body (in #2). (50 stitches in total)
- Knit 4 more rounds.
- Decrease with [k3, k2tog] all around. (40 stitches in total)
- Knit 1 round.
- Decrease with [k2, k2tog] all around. (30 stitches in total)
- k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog (26 stitches in total)
- Knit 1 rows of 1×1 ribbing.
- Bind off tightly.
- Graft the underarms. It can be done with Kitchener stitch (as the original Minilopapeysa Keyring pattern called for). I found it easier to do 3-needle bind off with the sweater inside out, and then sew up the holes at the beginning and at the end of the grafted section.
- Weave in the ends.
- Make an i-cord and attach to a ring.