boys sweater knitting pattern

Boys Sweater Knitting Pattern For Advanced Knitters

You can make winter days brighter with this cute boys sweater knitting pattern. This pattern will suit the more advanced knitter as it is a cable knit.

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Boys Sweater Knitting Pattern

Materials Needed:

For this boys sweater knitting pattern you will need:

  • 7(8;9;9;10) 50g balls of Pingouin Family Knit DK in Navy Blue (Pic) or any other color of your choice.
  • 5 buttons
  • 1 pair each of 3mm and 3 1/4mm knitting needles
  • a stitch holder or cable needle

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Measurements:

To fit ages 4(6;8;10;12) years.

Actual all around chest measurement 76(81;86;91;96)cm.

Length to shoulder 42(45;48;51;54)cm.

Sleeve Length 33(36;40;43;47)cm.

Figures in round brackets ( ) refer to larger sizes; where there is only one set of figures given, it applies to all the sizes.

Tension:

24sts and 32 rows to 10cm over reversed stocking stitch using 3 14 needles.

Abbreviations:

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Pattern For Boys Sweater:

The Honeycomb Pattern is worked as follows:

1st Row: k

2nd and alt Rows: p

3rd Row: k2, *C4R, C4L, *rep from * to * ending k2.

5th Row: k

7th Row: k2, *C4L, C4R, *rep from * to * ending k2.

8th Row: p

These 8 rows form one pattern.

The Cable Panel is worked in this pattern:

1st Row: [k6, p4] twice, k12, [p4, k6] twice.

2nd Row: [p6, k4] twice, p12, [k4, p6] twice.

3rd Row: [Cable 6 back, p4] twice, then on center 12 sts work cable 6 back, cable 6 front, then [p4, cable 6 front] twice.

4th to 6th Rows: Rep 2nd row once and rep 1st and 2nd rows. These 6 rows form one patt for this panel.

pattern for boys sweaterBack:

With 3mm needles cast on 109(113;119;125;129) sts and work in rib as follows:

1st Row: (RS) p1, *k1,p1 rep from * to end.

2nd Row: k1, *p1, k1 rep from * to end.

Rep these 2 rows 6 times more then 1st row again.

Inc Row: Rib 6(2;5;8;4) [inc in next st, rib 5] 16(18;18;18;20) times inc in next st, rib rem 6(2;5;8;4) sts. 126(132;138;144;150)sts.

Change to 3 1/4 mm needles and work in patt.

1st Row: p7(10;13;16;19), work 1st row of cable panel over 52 sts, p8, work 1st row of cable panel again, p7(10;13;16;19).

2nd Row: k7(10;13;16;19), work 2nd row of cable panel, k8, work 2nd row of cable panel again, k7(10;13;16;19). Cont in patt as now set working 2 cable panels and keeping sts at sides and between panels in reverse stocking stitch.

Cont without shaping until work measures 26(28;30;32;34)cm from beg, ending with a WS row. Make a note of the total number of rows you have worked in patt.

Armhole Shaping:

Cast off 5sts at beg of next two rows, cont on rem 116(122;128;134;140)sts and work 26 rows.

Dec Row: p2(5;8;11;14), *[k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1,p4] twice, k2 [k2tog] 4 times, k2 [p4, k1,k2tog, k2tog, k1] twice,*p8,rep from * to *, p2(5;8;11;14). 92(98;104;110;116) sts. Beg with a k row work 2 rows in rev st st across all sts.

Inc Row 1st size: k4, [kfb, k5, kfb, k4] 8 times. 108 sts.

Inc Row 2nd size: k2 [kfb, k5, kfb, k4] 8 times, [kfb, k3} twice. 116 sts.

Inc Row 3rd size: k4 [kfb, k4] 20 times. 124 sts.

Inc Row 4th size: k2, [kfb, k4] 21 times, kfb, k2. 132 sts.

Inc Row 5th size: k2, kfb, k2, [kfb, k4] 21 times, [kfb, k2] twice. 140 sts.

All Sizes:

Work in honeycomb patt and cont without shaping until work measures 42(45;48;51;54) cm from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shoulder and Neck Shaping:

During foll rows cast-off quite tightly.

1st Row: Cast off 11(12;13;14;15) sts, work until there are  32(33;35;36;38) sts on right needle, leave these for right back. Cast off next 22(26;28;32;34) sts, work to end.

Cont on 43(45;48;50;53) sts now rem at end of the needle for left-back.

Cast off 11(12;13;14;15) sts at beg of next row and 4sts at neck edge on foll row, rep last 2 rows again then cast off rem 13(13;14;14;15)sts to complete the shoulder slope.

Rejoin yarn to neck edge of right back sts, cast off 4, p to end.

Cast off 11(12;13;14;15) sts at beg of next row and 4sts at neck edge on foll row.

Cast off rem 13(13;14;14;15) sts.

Left Front:

With 3mm needles cast on 55(57;61;63;65) sts and work in rib as on back welt for 15 rows.

Inc Row: Rib 6(4;6;3;5), inc in next st, [rib 5(5;6;6;5), inc in next st] 7(8;7;8;9) times, rib rem 6(4;5;3;5) sts. 63(66;69;72;75)  sts. Change to 3 1/4 needles and patt.

1st Row: p7(10;13;16;19), work 1st row of cable panel p4.

2nd Row: K4, work 2nd row of cable panel, k7(10;13;16;19). Cont in patt as now set until you have worked the same number of rows as on back to armhole.

Armhole and Front Shaping:

Cast off 5sts for armhole at beg of next row and dec 1 st for front shaping at end of the same row.

Keeping armhole edge straight dec 1 st at the front edge on next 11 alt rows then work 3 rows on rem 46(49;52;55;58)sts thus ending at side edge.

Dec Row: P2(5;8;11;14), [k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1, p4] twice, k2 [k2tog] 4 times, k2, p4, k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1, p2. 36(39;42;45;48) sts. **Beg with a k row work 2 rows in rev st st.

Inc Row: k3(4;3;4;3), [kfb, k5] 5(5;6;6;7) times, kfb k rem 2(4;2;4;2) sts. 42(45;49;52;56) sts. Now work in honeycomb patt: work 1st row without shaping then dec 1 st at the front edge on next row. 41(44;48;51;55)sts. **

3rd Row of patt: k2, [C4R, C4L] 4(5;5;6;6) times, then for 1st, 3rd and 5th sizes only C4R, then k3(2;2;1;1). *** Cont in patt as now set and work 1 row without shaping, dec 1 st at front edge on next row, then on every foll 3rd row 0(1;2;3;4) times, then on every alt row 5 times. Cont on rem 35(37;40;42;45) sts until work measures 42(45;48;51;54) cm from beg, ending at side edge.

Shoulder Shaping: Cast off quite tightly 11(12;13;14;15) sts at beg of next row and next alt row, work 1 row then cast off rem 13(13;14;14;15) sts.

Right Front:

Work as given for left front until you have worked the inc row at end of welt then change to 3 1/4 needles and pattern.

1st Row: P4, work 1st row of cable panel, p7(10;13;16;19). Cont in patt as now set until you have worked the same number of rows as on back to armhole.

Front and Armhole Shaping: Dec 1 st at beg of next row for front shaping then cast off 5 sts at beg of foll row for the armhole. Keeping armhole edge straight dec 1 st at the front edge on next row and next 10 alt rows then work 3 rows on rem 46(49;52;55;58) sts thus ending at the front edge. Work the dec row as on left front but reading it in reverse then work as for the left front from ** to **.

3rd Row of Patt: K3(2;2;1;1), then for 1st, 3rd and 5th sizes C3L, now [C3R, C3L] 4(5;5;6;6) times, k2. Cont in patt and complete as for left front from *** to end reversing shapings.

Sleeves:

With 3mm needles cast on 37(39;41;43;45) sts and work 15 rows in rib as on back welt.

Inc Row: Rib 0(1;2;3;4), [inc in each of next 2sts, rib 1] 12 times, inc in the next st, rib 0(1;2;3;4). 62(64;66;68;70) sts. Change to 3 1/4 mm needles and patt.

1st Row: k1(2;3;4;5) forming part of a cable back, p4, work 1st row of cable panel, p4, k1(2;3;4;5) forming part of a cable front.

Cont in patt as now set and work 2 more rows without shaping, inc 1 st at both ends of next row then every foll 4th row 15(18;21;24;28) times, then inc at both ends of every alt row 6(5;5;4;2) times, work extra sts into patt of 6 st cables with 4 sts in rev st st between them, always working cable 6 back at the right-hand edge of work and cable 6 front at left-hand edge.

When incs are completed cont on 106(112;120;126;132) sts until work measures 33(36;40;43;47) cm from beg. Cast off all sts tightly over cables.

Front and Neck Borders:

With RS of work facing and using 3mm needles, pick up and k47(50;52;55;58) sts along the shaped front edge of the left front and 70(75;81;86;91) sts along the straight front edge. 117(125;133;141;149) sts.

Begin with 2nd row work in rib, if the cardigan is for a girl work 7 rows in rib then cast off loosely ribwise. If for a boy work 3 rows in rib then make buttonholes.

Next Row: Beg at shoulder edge, RS facing, rib 50(53;55;58;61), *cast off 2, [rib until there are 13(14;16;17;18) sts on right needle after buttonhole, cast off 2] 4 times, * rib to end.

On foll row cast on 2sts over each buttonhole. work 2 more rows in rib then cast off loosely ribwise.

With RS of work facing and using 3mm needles, pick up and k70(75;81;86;91) sts along the straight front edge of right front and 47(50;52;55;58) sts along the shaped edge to shoulder. 117(125;133;141;149) sts. Beg with 2nd row work in rib.

If cardigan is for a boy work 7 rows then cast off loosely ribwise. If for a girl work 3 rows then make buttonholes.

Next Row: Beg at lower edge, RS facing, rib 5(6;4;5;6), rep from * to * in buttonhole row of left front border rib to end.

On foll row cast on 2 sts over each buttonhole. Work 2 more rows in rib then cast off loosely ribwise. With RS of work facing and using 3mm needles, pick up and k35(39;41;45;47) sts across back neck edge. Beg with 2nd row work 7 rows in rib then cast off loosely ribwise.

Makeup:

To make up this boys sweater knitting pattern, join the shoulder seams and ends of borders. Sew cast-off edge of sleeves to sides of armholes and sew armhole casting-off to last 5 rows on sides of sleeves.

Join side and sleeve seams.

Sew on the buttons to correspond with the buttonholes.

And there you have it advanced knitters – The perfect boys sweater knitting pattern.

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