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Little Tulip

Knitting
March 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1.5-2 (3-4, 5-6) [7-8, 9-10, 11-12]
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Little Tulip is a seamless sweater worked from the top down. A sideways tulip pattern yoke is made first, and it is worked together with an i-cord neckband.
After the tulip yoke is completed, stitches along its lower edge are picked up for the body and sleeves, and short rows are used to raise the back of the neck. The body and sleeves are worked top down, and are finished with i-cord bind off. There are two sleeve options: long and short.

Skill level: intermediate
Techniques used: knitting in the round, i-cord, picking up sts, provisional CO, increases: M1L, M1R (tutorial included in patt), backward loop CO, short rows (tutorial included in patt), 3-needle BO (grafting can be used instead), optional: making a button loop.

Sizes:
1.5-2 (3-4, 5-6) 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 years (shown in size 3-4 years).

Finished measurements:
Chest: 58 (62, 67) 71, 76, 80 cm/
23 (24.5, 26) 28, 30, 31.5 in.

Yarn:
DK yarn, the sample was made with Sirdar Snuggly DK (nylon 55%, acrylic 45%; 175 metres/ 191 yards per 50g ball; color: 242 Flamenco).

Yarn amount for short sleeved sweater:
450 (500, 600) 650, 750, 850 metres or
500 (550, 660) 710, 820, 930 yards.

Yarn amount for long sleeved sweater:
600 (700, 800) 900, 1075, 1250 metres or
660 (770, 880) 990, 1175, 1370 yards.

Gauge:
stockinette st: 22 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in,
i-cord BO row gauge: 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in,
i-cord neckband row gauge: 21.5 rows = 10 cm / 4 in.

You will need:
one set of 4 mm (US #6) DPNs for tulip yoke and sleeves,
one 4 mm (US #6) circular needle 60-80 cm/ 24-32 in in length (depending on selected garment size) for lower part of yoke,
one 40-60 cm/ 16-24 in 4 mm (US #6) circular needle (depending on selected garment size) for body,
one set of 5 mm (US #8) DPNs for i-cord BO,
3 small buttons, approx. 13 mm in diameter,
stitch markers,
scrap yarn,
yarn needle to thread scrap yarn with,
sewing needle to sew buttons.

Important: You might need to use different size needles to obtain the required gauge. Take time to make a gauge swatch, as incorrect gauge could result in the sweater being too small or too large. Adjust needle size, if necessary.