Cheyenne’s Christmas Sweater

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Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready for 2015 🙂 I’m going to start off with a brand new sweater pattern that I came up with myself. I have been buying a Children’s Hospital Charity Bear each year for the past 3 years and I make them a special sweater to wear while they sit under our Christmas tree. This year the bear was a very pretty one with her own tiara, not that the others aren’t pretty but, Cheyenne needs a special sweater. 🙂 I couldn’t find what I was looking for in all the patterns I have so I knitted and unraveled and knit some more and made notes and came up with this Teddy Bear Wrap Sweater. I call it Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater. I didn’t make up her name by the way. That’s the name given to this year’s Charity Bear. They all have a tag on their ear, introducing themselves.

The sweater does just what it says….its wraps around and ties in the back …see 🙂

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I would like to share my pattern with you .. yes and for FREE ..

I hope I have made the directions clear, and haven’t left anything out. If that has happened I  do apologize. I recommend reading the pattern completely before you start knitting in case there are any errors. I appreciate feed back too where improvements are needed.

Please keep in mind this is my original pattern and I am offering it  FREE  for personal use . If you would like to make a teddy bear wrap sweater for your own bear or as a gift, that would be great but please do not make these to sell or sell my pattern or make copies of my pattern in any way. IF you would like to share the pattern please make a link back to my blog. That would be great too. https://isabelsneedleworks.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/cheyennes-christmas-sweater/

Now that I got the serious stuff out of the way let’s make a teddy bear sweater 🙂

First you’re going to need red yarn in a worsted weight. 1- 50gm skein is plenty. And white faux fur yarn, about 6 to 8 m ( or yards) and a willing assistant as you can see in the back ground.

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4.5mm straight knitting needles ( or the size to acquire correct gauge)

4 mm Dpn ( Double Pointed Needles)

4 mm Crochet hook

Tapestry needle and scissors

And a row counter if you have one or pencil and paper works great too since it is a small project.

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 10cm (4″)

I should add before I get too far along that this sweater fits a teddy bear that’s about 40.5cm (16″) tall  and about  41.5cm (16.5″)  around the tummy. The sleeve length is about 10cm (4″)  and Sweater length from shoulder to bottom of ribbing is  15cm (6″)

Abbreviations: 

CO – Cast On

BO – Bind Off

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together 

SKP – Slip 1, Knit 1, pass the slip stitch over

St st – Stockinette stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

SWEATER RIGHT FRONT:

With red and 4.5mm needles,  CO 36 sts.

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Row 3: Knit all sts

Row 4: Purl all sts

Row 5: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Row 6: and all even numbered rows , Purl

Row7: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Continue in this pattern (Rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K2Tog twice, knit 4

Row 32: Purl all sts

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.

SWEATER RIGHT FRONT

With red and 4.5mm needles CO 36 sts

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Rows 1 through 4 work as for RIGHT FRONT

Row 5: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Row 6: and all even numbered rows, Purl.

Row 7: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Continue in this pattern (rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K 4, SKP twice.

Row 32: Purl

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.

SLEEVES

Note:  Knit both sleeves the same.

With 4.5mm needles and faux fur yarn, CO 20 sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Cut yarn and join red yarn.

Row 1: Knitting all sts, increase 10 sts evenly across row =30 sts. (In which ever form is suitable for you.

I knit one and knit in the back of the same stitch to increase 1 st.)

Row 2: Purl

Depending on the length of your bear’s arm, continue in St st for 16 more rows total and ending with a purl row.

Row 19: K 2Tog, Knit to the last 2 sts, SKP = 28 sts.

Row 20: Purl

Then BO all sts knit wise, cut yarn.

Make second sleeve.

SWEATER BACK

With red and 4.5 mm needles CO 36 sts

Work 4 Rows of (K1, P1) rib as for sweater fronts.

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Work in St st for 18 more rows (20 rows total)  ending with a purl row.

Row 21: K2Tog twice, knit to the last 4 sts SKP twice

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: K2Tog, knit to the last 2 sts, SKP, 30 sts on needle.

Continue to work in St st to Row 32 (ending with a purl row).

Row 33: BO knit wise and cut yarn.

Now you’re ready to assemble the wrap sweater, starting with the shoulder seams. Placing right sides together and matching the front and back shoulder seams, stitch them together. Then find the centre top of sleeve and match this to the shoulder seam to centre the sleeve.

 This is how the side seams should look after you’ve stitched the sleeve onto the shoulder.  This photo shows the trim already on. Thats our next step after the side seams are stitched. On the left side seam, leave enough room for I cord to pass through. Be sure to match the ribbing and armholes when stitching. If all your rows are the same, everything should line up nicely.

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It’s time for the faux fur trim.

With  right sides facing,  4 mm crochet hook and faux fur yarn, make a loop. Pass hook through the decreased stitches on garment and single crochet in each of these stitches  along the sweater front edges. When you come to the back pick up stitches that have been BO and down the other side of  sweater front and end off. Cut yarn and weave in all the ends on the sweater where needed. Here is where I apologize for my lack of crochet savvy. I am not proficient in crochet by any stretch of the imagination 🙂  You could also pick up stitches with a smaller knitting needle and BO as you go along. I thought 2 rows with knitting needles  (1 row to pick up stitches and 1 row to BO) would seem bulky. As it ends up the loose single crochet row makes a nice trim.

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I Cord

With 4mm Dpn pick up and knit 4 sts . along the front edge of sweater, horizontal to ribbing rows. Slide stitches to opposite side of needle. The yarn should be coming out of the left stitch. Pull the yarn from behind. *K4. Slide stitches across needle. Repeat from * until I Cord measures 20 cm (8″).  K1, K2Tog, K1. To bind off, thread yarn through large-eyed blunt needle and pull it through all 3 stitches 2 or 3 times.

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Repeat for the other front side of sweater .

When putting the sweater on your bear, remember the space you allowed in the left seam of sweater and pass the I Cord through that to tie the sweater in the back.

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I hope you have enjoyed todays read and like the pattern. I plan to do a couple more. If you would like a PDF download version  click this link Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater copy

Thank you so much for stopping by, here’s to another wonderful year 0f crafting and all the best to you and yours.

Izz 🙂

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2 Comments

January 2, 2015 · 12:50 PM

2 responses to “Cheyenne’s Christmas Sweater

  1. Brilliant! I love the fluffy furry edges 🙂

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