Mini Sweater – Maple Leaf

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.

Materials

  • 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

  1. With 3.25mm needles, cast on 14 stitches.  Join and knit 2 rounds of 1×1 ribbing.
  2. Change to 4mm needles, knit for 20 rows.
  3. Cut the yarn leaving a tail that is long enough to graft the underarms.
  4. Set aside to be joined later with the body.

Body

  1. With 3.25mm needles, cast on 38 stitches.  Join and knit 3 rounds of 1×1 ribbing.
  2. Knit 3, follow the maple leaf pattern as below, knit 6, and then the maple leaf pattern again, then knit 3.

Maple Leaf Pattern
From Knitted Maple Leaf Reading Socks

Joining Sleeves and Body

  1. 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.
  2. Pass the first 2 stitches of the body to another safety pin.
  3. Knit 15 stitches of the body.
  4. Pass the next 4 stitches of the body to a safety pin.
  5. Knit 10 stitches of the second sleeve.  Pass the remaining 4 stitches of the sleeve to another safety pin.
  6. 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)
  7. Knit 4 more rounds.
  8. Decrease with [k3, k2tog] all around. (40 stitches in total)
  9. Knit 1 round.
  10. Decrease with [k2, k2tog] all around. (30 stitches in total)
  11. k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog (26 stitches in total)
  12. Knit 1 rows of 1×1 ribbing.
  13. Bind off tightly.

To finish…

  1. 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.
  2. Weave in the ends.
  3. Make an i-cord and attach to a ring.
Mini Sweater - Maple Leaf

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