Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY open knit sweater with t-shirt yarn

inspired by Richard Nicoll Resort 2015

I love chunky knits: even in the summer


This is extremely chunky, but because it's an open knit, it's perfectly wearable.


When I saw this shirt by Richard Nicoll Resort 2015 collection, I was immediately intrigued.
photo: Style.com - Richard Nicoll Resort 2015


This sweater has no seams to avoid un-necessary bulkiness on the sides.
It's all knitted in the round: front and back 
from the bottom-up; and the sleeves are top-down. 

t-shirt yarn open knit sweater // supplies needed:

to make the t-shirt yarn (AKA "tarn"):  check out this post and tips
7 blank t-shirts 
(2 white (size L) and 5 grey (size 2XL) - the grey ones were provided by Shirts.com)
Seam Ripper
Rotary Cutting Kit

to make the sweater:
24" - 60 cm Circular knitting needle size US 19 - 15 mm
(but, of course, I made my own - see the modified tutorial here: DIY circular knitting needle)
8" - 20cm double pointed needles - size US 19 - 15mm (and, again I used my DIY ones)
a large crochet hook to pick up the stitches for the collar and sleeves (or... again: make your own  roundup of tutorials here)
needle and thread to connect the yarn and sewing down the end tails.



t-shirt yarn open knit sweater // pattern:

as most open knits, this sweater is extremely stretchy:
the measurement were taken with the sweater laying flat and un-stretched
STITCHES:
P - Purl
K - Knit
DR ST - Elongated Drop Stitch For the entire project, the DR ST is executed wrapping the yarn over twice (Drop Stitch video tutorial)
P2 TOG - Purl 2 together
K2 TOG - Knit 2 together


FRONT & BACK
Cast on 60 stitches with the white t-shirt yarn on the circular needle.
ROW 1-2-3-4-5  1K:1P ribbing
ROW:
  6 - P white yarn
  7 - P grey yarn
  8 - K - DR ST
  9 - P
10 - K DR ST
11 - K DR ST
12 - P
13 - P
14 - K DR ST
15 - P
16 - K DR ST
17 - K DR ST
18 - P
19 - P
20 - K DR ST
21 - P
22 - K DR ST
23 - K DR ST
24 - P
25 - P
26 - K DR ST
27 - P
28 - K DR ST
29 - K DR ST
30 - P

from the 31st row it's knitted back and forth, 30 stitches on each side

BACK:
31 - K
32 - K DR ST
33 - P DR ST
34 - P
35 - K
36 - K DR ST
37 - K
38 - K DR ST
39 - P
40 - K
41 - P
Do not bind off, leave the stitches on hold for the three needles bind off on the shoulders

FRONT:
31 - P
32 - P DR ST
33 - K DR ST
34 - K
35 - P
36 - P DR ST
37 - P - BIND OFF 6 CENTER STITCHES (FOR NECK LINE)
38 - P DR ST (P2TOG 1 ST ON EACH SIDE OF NECK LINE)
39 - K - (K2 TOG 1 ST ON EACH SIDE OF NECK LINE)
40 - P - (P2 TOG 1 ST ON EACH SIDE OF NECK LINE)
41 - K
Do not bind off, leave the stitches on hold for the three needles bind off on the shoulders

SHOULDERS:
use the three needles bind off to join the shoulders (three needles bind off tutorial)

SLEEVES:
Using the grey t-shirt yarn, pick up the stitches on the vertical edges of the sleeves' opening with the large crochet hook. (tutorial here, but you need to get a bit creative, because of the elongated stitches)
I picked up 21 stitches in the round working with the DPN needles, 10 on each side and one in the center (armpit).
I placed two stitch markers, one on each side of the center stitch.

ROW
1 - P
2 - P
3 - K DR ST
4 - K DR ST
5 - P (P 2 TOG ON EACH SIDE OF THE CENTER STITCH)
6 - K DR ST
7 - P
  8 - P (P 2 TOG ON EACH SIDE OF THE CENTER STITCH)
  9 - K DR ST
10 - K DR ST
11 - P
12 - K DR ST
13 - P
14 - P (P 2 TOG ON EACH SIDE OF THE CENTER STITCH)
15 - K DR ST
16 - K DR ST
17 - P (P 2 TOG THE CENTER ST WITH THE LAST ST) - you should have 14 stitches left
18 - P - White yarn
19-20-21-22-23  - 1K:1P RIBBING
24 - BIND OFF LOOSELY

NECK LINE:
Pik up with a crochet hook 30 stitches around the neckline with the white t-shirt yarn.
ROW1 P
ROW 2 - 3 - 4: 1K:1P
ROW 5 BIND OFF LOOSELY


FINISHING: cut the tail of the yarn at about 1/2" length and sew it with few stitches on the near stitch to keep it from raveling.









xox, d.
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