Instant Gratification – just add Kool-aid

Instant Gratificaion – Just Add Kool-Aid Ingredients: 5 oz Bernat Superwash 100% wool, 2 size 8 circular needles, row counter of your choice (anything from M&Ms to something you pick up at your local yarn store), Kool-aid (Cherry, Grape, Orange, Lemonade, Black Cherry, Blue Moon), white wine vinegar, a sunny afternoon and a giggly child.

Gauge: St st 4 in = 16 sts by 20 rows.
Needle: US 8

Stitches:
K2P1 rib: *(K2 P1); repeat from * until last two stitches. K2.
K2P1K2 cable: Slip 2 stitches to your cable needle. Hold needle in front of work. K2P1 then K2 from cable needle.

THE BEGINNING:
This sweater begins with a skein of yarn and an idea: involving a giggly child in the process of creating their own sweater. You can use your preferred method of Kool-aid dyeing (my favorite method is found here: http://www.geocities.com/knitter01/koolaid.html. After reserving 25 yds or so of the yarn, dye the remainder using as many or as few colors as you prefer ? we used Cherry, Grape, Orange, Lemonade and Black Cherry for the main yarn. Dye the 25 yards you reserved in a contrasting (but complementary) color ? we used Blue Moon. This sweater takes one skein of yarn which ameliorates the problem of having to dye a larger quantity of yarn in a consistent manner.

We picked a sunny afternoon and mixed up the dye; my 11 year old helped decide the pattern of the dye application. After it dried, I worked out a simple but attractive cable design intended to create a bit of texture while still allowing the beauty of the yarn to shine through. This sweater is the result.

Sizes: S (M, L)
S (26″ finished chest measurement)
M ( 28″ finished chest measurement)
L (30 ?” finished chest measurement)

BACK:
Using longtail cast-on, cast on 53 (59, 65) stitches. Work in K2P1 rib for 32 (34, 36) rows.
To shape the raglan armholes, cast off 4 (4, 4) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows (34, 36, 38 rows).

SMALL: Beginning with row 35 decrease 1 stitch at each edge every 5th row 6 times (64 rows) ? 33 stitches remaining.
MEDIUM: Beginning with row 35 decrease 1 stitch at each edge every 5th row 2 times, then 1 stitch at each edge every 4th row 6 times (70 rows) ? 35 stitches remaining.
LARGE: Beginning with row 40 decrease 1 stitch at each edge every 4th row 9 times (76 rows) ? 39 stitches remaining.

ALL SIZES: Place remaining stitches on holder.

FRONT:
Using longtail cast-on, cast on 53 (59, 65) stitches. Work in K2P1 rib for 7 rows. Beginning with the 8th row, every four rows you will have a KSP1K2 cable ? this is where your row counter shows its worth. The cable pattern is a 16 row pattern. See the chart for additional details on placement.

Row 8: *(K2P1); repeat from * 3 (4, 5) times. K2P1K2 cable; P1; *(K2P1); repeat from * 6 times; K2P1K2 cable; P1. *(K2P1); repeat from * until 2 stitches before the end; K2.
Row 9 ? 11: Continue in pattern (K the K stitches, P the P stitches)
Row 12: *(K2P1); repeat from * 3 (4, 5) times. (K2P1) twice; K2P1K2 cable; P1; (K2P1) twice; K2P1K2 cable; P1; (K2P1) twice. *(K2P1); * until 2 stitches before the end; K2.
Row 13 ? 15: Continue in pattern (K the K stitches, P the P stitches)
Row 16: *(K2P1); repeat from * 3 (4, 5) times. *(K2P1); repeat from * 4 times; K2P1K2 cable; P1; *(K2P1); repeat from * 4 times. *(K2P1); * until 2 stitches before the end; K2.
Row 17 ? 19: Continue in pattern (K the K stitches, P the P stitches)
Row 20: *(K2P1); repeat from * 3 (4, 5) times. (K2P1) twice; K2P1K2 cable; P1; (K2P1) twice; K2P1K2 cable; P1; (K2P1) twice. *(K2P1); * until 2 stitches before the end; K2.
Row 21 -23: Continue in pattern (K the K stitches, P the P stitches)
Repeat pattern from row 8.

Continue in pattern, shaping armholes as for the back.

At the same time, once you reach 52 (56, 60) rows, begin shaping the neckline as follows working both sides at the same time: Work 11 (12, 13) stitches in the established pattern. Slip the next 17 (19, 21) stitches to a holder. Join a second ball of yarn and work remaining 11 (12, 13) stitches also in pattern. Continue armhole shaping. Dec 1 stitch at neck edge every row 6 (6, 7) times, until 3 (4, 4) stitches remain. Work even at neck edge, continuing armhole decreases to last 2 stitches – row 64 (70, 76). Slip remaining two stitches to a holder.

COLLAR:
Knit in the round. With right side of work facing, pick up and knit the 29 (31, 35) stitches from back neck holder. Slip the 1 remaining left front stitch from the holder, then pick up 12 (13, 14) stitches from left front neck edge, 17 (19, 21) stitches from front neck holder and 12 (13, 14) stitches from right front neck edge, 1 remaining right front stitch. Total 70 (76, 84) stitches. In stocking stitch knit 3 rows, then bind off loosely.

ARMHOLE:
With right side of work facing, pick up and knit 66 (74, 78) stitches along armhole edge between side seams.

SMALL: Decrease from 66 to 56 by: P5 P2tog *(P4 P2tog)* 9 times P5.
MEDIUM: Decrease from 74 to 60 by: P4 P2tog *(P3 P2tog)* 13 times P3
LARGE: Decrease from 78 to 65 by: P2 P2tog *(P4 P2tog)* 12 times P2

ALL SIZES: Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Bind off loosely.

FINISHING:
Sew side seams together invisibly. Weave in ends.

© Jenanne Hassler. This pattern may be freely distributed as long as the pattern and this copyright notice remain intact and no profit is made from its distribution or use.