Knit to Fit – A Hooded Parka Sweater

This pullover parka is great for skiers—because of its big, easy shape it can be worn
over another sweater for added warmth.

Size:
Instructions are for size Medium (Misses’ 10-12, 33-34 inch bust, 35-36 inch hips). To make larger or smaller, cast on the number of stitches which, based on the gauge, will give the proper size. Adjust all other references to number of stitches accordingly.

Note:
Sweater is designed to fit very loosely, with about 4 inches ease around body.

Materials:
Bulky Weight Knitting Yarn – 110 yards/ 100gr skeins
2 skeins Red,
2 skeins White
2 skeins Blue
5 skeins Orange
1/2 yard Shag fake fur
Size 8 and Size 10 circular knitting needles
Size 10 straight knitting needles
Stitch holders
Yarn needle
Markers

Gauge:
3 1/2 sts = 1 in; 7 sts = 2 ins; 4 rows = 1 in; on Size 10 needles

Pattern Repeat: 6 sts; 14 rows

Border:
With Red and Size 8 circular needles, cast on 128 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts, and mark for beg of rnd. Work in g st (K1 rnd, P1 rnd on circular needles) for 2 ins.

Body:
Change to Orange and Size 10 circular needles. Work in st st (K every rnd), inc 10 sts evenly on 1st rnd (inc 1 st in every 12th st to last 8 sts, K rem sts) for a total of 138 sts.
Work even in color pat, following chart (Figure H), until sweater measures 16 1/2 ins from start, or desired length to underarm.

Divide for armholes and work front and back separately from now on (69 sts each).

Back:
Work even in color pat until sweater measures 24 ins from start ( 7 1/2 ins more).
Work next row in Red.
Do not bind off, but sl sts onto a holder.

Front:
Work as for Back until sweater measures 20 ins from start (3 1/2 ins more).

Neck shaping:
Sl center 23 sts onto holder for neck on next row.
Working on one side only, bind off 2 sts at neck edge every other row twice. Dec 1 st at neck
edge once. Work even until sweater measures 24 ins from start.
Work next row in Red.
Do not bind off, but sl rem 18 sts onto holder for shoulder.
Work other side of neck, reversing shaping.

Sleeves:
With Orange and Size 10 circular needles, cast on 46 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts, and mark for beg of rnd. Work even in st st for 7 1/2 ins.
Work remainder of sleeve in color pat, following chart (Figure H).
After 7th rnd, inc 1 st each side of beg marker.
Keeping in pat, continue to inc 1 st each side of marker every 1 1/2 ins 3 times more.
There are 54 sts on needle.
Continuing in pat, work even until sleeve measures 19 ins from start or desired length to underarm. Work next 3 rnds in Red.
Bind off.

For sleeves without fur trim:
With Red and Size 10 circular needles, cast on 46 sts and work in g st for 6 1/2 ins.
Change to Orange and work 4 rnds before starting color pat.

Shoulders:
With Red and yarn needle, weave shoulder sts of Front and Back tog, keeping center 33 sts of Back on holder for neck.





Neckband:
With Red, sew in sleeves.
With red and Size 8 circular needles, pick up 92 sts around neck.
Work in g st (K 1 rnd, P1 rnd) for 2 rnds.
On 3rd rnd, dec 5 sts evenly spaced.
Continue to work in g st for a total of 1 in.
Bind off on a P rnd (photograph 11).









Hood:
With Orange and Size 10 straight needles, cast on 59 sts.
Work in color pat, following chart (Figure H), until hood measures 16 ins from start.
Do not bind off. With Orange, weave sts tog.
(To weave, hold needles side by side and weave sts off needles or sl sts off needles and steam lightly to hold their shape, then weave.)

Finishing:
Cut fake fur strip 6 inches wide to fit around front edge of hood. With right sides facing, stitch fur to hood by hand or machine. Turn fur to wrong side, sandwiching edge of hood inside, and slip stitch by hand (photograph 12). Sew hood to inside of neckband (photograph 13). Cut two fur strips about 7 inches wide to fit around cuffs of sleeves. Sew short ends together to form two circles of fur. With right side of fur facing wrong side of sleeve, stitch edges together by hand or machine. Turn fur
cuff to outside and slip stitch to sleeve.

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  1. beth July 24, 2009

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