The Pumpkin Sweater had to be posted last week, but I was super busy trying to finish some other projects that I had, that I didn’t have time to write.
But here it is: an easy and super fun pattern.
I enjoyed making it and I hope you will try it.
The idea of this Pumpkin Sweater came after I bought this beautiful Merino wool yarn which came in 4 skeins of 50 grams each (160 m) with a beautiful degrade. The Yarn is from hobbii.com and is called Mayflowers Merino the collection.
picture from hobbii.com
You can find there some beautiful colors.
This particular yarn is light and according with the weight is a fingering 4 ply yarn, but according with the thickness, I would say that is closer to a DK, worsted yarn.
So, a DK worsted yarn might work too for this pattern. If you want to obtain the degrade, you can work with a thinner yarn, choosing two colors and working with 2 strands of yarn, using for the middle part, one strand of one color and one strand of the other.
The pattern is for sizes from 6 months up to 4-5 years and is wrote in US terms.
The total amount of yarn you will need for each size is:
- 6 months – 140 gr/ 430 m/ 470 yds
- 12 – 18 months – 160 gr / 510 m / 560 yds
- 2 – 3 years – 170 gr / 545 m / 590 yds
- 4 – 5 years – 200 gr / 630 m / 690 yds
The final dimensions of the Pumpkin Sweater are in the diagram bellow:
About the design
The Pumpkin sweater is a raglan sweater worked from top to bottom.
Starting with a yoke and then separating the sleeves from the body of the sweater. Then working the sleeves and body individually.
I liked working with raglan because no assembly is needed.
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Here is the stitch chart and the beginning of the yoke:
So, the first round will be in single crochet and the second in double crochet cross stitch.
For all the sweater we will only repeat these 2 rounds.
Skip one stitch and make 1 dc in the next. Then go back and make 1 dc in the stitch that you skipped.
Abbreviation used in this pattern
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
dc cross – double crochet cross stitch
St(s) – stitch (es)
Sl st – slip stitch
Inc – Increase (3 sc in the same st on the round in sc or 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc on the round in dc cross)
Dec – decrease
9 dc cross = 10 cm (4″)
18 sc = 10 cm (4″)
12 rows ( 1 sc and 1 dc cross) = 10 cm (4″)
Now with all these things being said we can start the Pumpkin Sweater.
First the foundation chain:
- 6 month – 56 sts
- 12 – 18 months – 64 sts
- 2 – 3 years – 72 sts
- 4 – 5 years – 80 sts
Join with sl st.
For this round the number of sts for sizes 12 – 18 months, 2-3 years and 4-5 years are wrote between brackets.
Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st 1 sc in the next 7 (8, 9, 10) sts, 1 inc in the next (3 sc in the same st).
Continue with 1 sc in the next 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, 1 inc in the next st, 1 sc in the next 16 (18, 20, 22) sts, 1 inc in the next, 1 sc in the next 10 (12, 14, 16) sts, 1 inc in the next, 1 sc in the last 8 (9, 10, 11) sts.
Sl st to join.
To be more easy to know where to increase on the next round, put a stitch marker in the second st of the increase.
Ch 2, 1 dc in the same stitch, dc cross to the marked st, 1 inc ( 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the marked st.
Continue with the dc cross to the next corner ( next marked st) and here make another inc.
Continue like this to the end of the round and join with a sl st with the 1st dc.
We will repeat to alternate these 2 rounds until we finished the yoke and have in total:
6 months – 16 rounds
12 – 18 months – 16 rounds
2-3 years – 16 rounds
4-5 years – 18 rounds
On the next round we will separate the sleeves from the body of the pumpkin sweater.
We will start the round as normal and working 1 sc in each st until the first corner.
To make the join we will make 2 sc together, one in the fist corner, then skip the sts for the sleeve and make the second sc in the second corner.
Yarn over and pull the yarn trough all loops on the hook.
At this round I changed the color with the second one.
Now we will continue to work on the body of the Pumpkin Sweater until you have in total (counting from the armpit to the bottom):
6 months – 24 rounds
12 – 18 months – 26 rounds
2 – 3 years – 30 rounds
4 – 5 years – 32 rounds.
Having 3 more colors, I just divided the number of rounds at 3, and worked the same number of rounds with each color.
Starting from the armpit, join the yarn and make 1 sc in each st around.
Make sure that you have an even number of sts because you will need that on the dc cross round.
If you don’t have, just make 1 sc more to get to an even number.
Ch 2, 1 dc in the same st, dc cross to the end of the round. Join with a sl st.
Ch 1, 1 sc in the same st, 1 dec ( sc2tog), 1 sc in each st until you have 2 sts left, 1 dec in these 2 sts. Sl st to join.
Repeat round 2 and 3 until you have in total
6 months – 14 rounds
12 – 18 months – 14 rounds
2 – 3 years – 20 rounds
4 – 5 years – 20 rounds
Then continue to alternate one round in sc and one round in dc cross, without decreasing:
6 months – 6 more rounds
12 – 18 months – 8 more rounds
2 – 3 years – 6 more rounds
4- 5 years – 8 more rounds.
And 1 sleeve is done. For the colors I used the same pattern as for the body of the Pumpkin Sweater, only that with the last color I made less rounds because the sleeve is shorter.
Repeat the same pattern for the second sleeve and the Pumpkin Sweater is done.
For the border I used “twisted single crochet” st. You can see how is done in the video tutorial bellow.
Hope you will love this pattern as I do and to try it.