Christmas Sweater Wreath

 

 

christmas wreathChristmas Sweater Wreath

by Jean Adel

 Wreath measures 12” (30.5 cm) diameter.

Each sweater measures 3” (7.5 cm) long and 2½” (6.5 cm) wide (not including sleeves)

Materials: 4mm [US 6] double-pointed needles, stitch markers, cable needle (for Cabled Pullover), yarn needle. Use any worsted weight yarn in colors of your choice. This is a great way to use up leftover yarn from your yarn stash as well as bits of scrap yarn.

 

GAUGE: 18 sts = 4” (10 cm); 20 rows = 4” (10 cm), in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge. Gauge is not critical for these mini sweaters.

Special Stitch

4/4 RC (4 over 4 right cross)= Slip next 4 stitches to cable needle and hold in back, k4, then k4 from cable needle.

 

Pattern Stitches

1×1 Rib (over even number of sts)

Row 1 (right side):*K1, p1; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2:Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 for 1×1 Rib.

1×1 Rib (over odd number of sts)

Row 1 (right side):K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2:Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 for 1×1 Rib.

1×1 Rib worked in rounds (over even number of sts)

Round 1 (right side):*K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Repeat Round 1 for 1×1 Rib.

2×2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts)

Row 1 (right side):*K2, p2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 for 2×2 Rib.

2×2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2)

Row 1 (right side):K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2:Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 for 2×2 Rib.

2×2 Rib worked in rounds

(multiple of 4 sts)

Round 1 (right side):*K2, p2; repeat from * around.

Round 2:Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of round.

Repeat Round 2 for 2×2 Rib worked in rounds.

 

Notes

1.Styrofoam® wreath is wrapped in yarn.

Sweaters and hats are worked separately

and glued to the wrapped wreath.

  1. Body of each pullover is worked back and forth in rows. Work with double-pointed needles as if working with straight needles, taking care that stitches do not slip off the “ends” of the needles. Use plain straight needles if preferred.
  2. Body of each pullover is worked in one piece beginning at lower front edge. When

piece reaches shoulders, an opening is made for neck then work continues down to lower back edge.

  1. Stitches for sleeves are picked up across side edges of body and worked back and

forth in rows. Side and sleeve seams are then sewn.

  1. Stitches for collar on most sweaters are picked up around neck edge and worked in

rounds on double-pointed needles. Collar on Striped Pullover is worked back and forth in rows.

  1. Each hat is worked in rounds on double-pointed needles. If desired, hat can be

worked back and forth in rows and then back seam sewn.

 

More of What You Need

Glue (tacky glue or hot glue and glue gun), stitch markers, cable needle (for Cabled Pullover), 12” (30.5 cm) Styrofoam® wreath, eight 6mm gold jingle bells (for Ribbed

Pullover), 5 yellow 7mm pompoms (for Striped Pullover & Hat), 3 green 7mm pompoms

(for Cabled Hat), 2 yellow and 2 red 7mm pompoms (for Snowflake Hat), 1yd/1m 2”

(5 cm) wide red satin ribbon, yarn needle.

 

Notes:

Pompoms and jingle bells shown: 0.28” (7 mm) Pom-Poms by Darice®, and 0.24” (6 mm) multicolor Bells by Darice.®

 

WREATH

Tie a knot around the wreath where the Styrofoam® joins, to prevent a bump. Wrap the yarn around the wreath, making sure there are no gaps, creating a solid covering. Every few wraps tighten and twist the yarn on the wreath with your hand. Continue in this manner until the entire wreath is covered. Tuck the end under the wrapped yarn and glue in place

 

RIBBED TURTLENECK PULLOVER & HAT

Pullover

Front

Cast on 16 sts. Work in 2×2 Rib until piece measures 3” from beginning.

Shape Neck

Next Row: K2, p2, k1, bind off center 6 sts, knit to last 2 sts, p2.

Next Row: K2, p2, k1, cast on 6 sts, p1, k2, p2.

Back

Continue in 2×2 Rib until back measures same as front. Bind off.

Sleeves (work 2)

On each side edge of front place a marker 2” above lower edge. Repeat to place

markers on side edges of back. With right side facing, pick up and k10 sts evenly spaced across one side edge between the markers. Work in 2×2 Rib until sleeve measures about 2”. Bind off. Repeat across other side edge for 2nd sleeve.

Fold front over back and sew side and sleeve seams. Glue 8 bells evenly spaced down

center front of pullover.

Turtleneck

With right side facing, pick up and k16 sts evenly spaced around neck edge.

Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (5 sts on each of 2 needles and 6 sts on 3rd needle). Place marker for beginning of round. Prepare to work in rounds.

Work in 2×2 Rib for 1”. Bind off. Fold turtleneck over.

Hat

Cast on 16 sts. Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (5 sts on each needle of 2 needles and 6 sts on 3rd needle). Place marker for beginning of round. Prepare to work in rounds. Work in 2×2 Rib until piece measures 2” from beginning. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove from needles. Pull on tail to close top opening. Weave in end securely. Turn up brim.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE PULLOVER & HAT

Pullover

Cast on 12 sts.

Front

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Beginning with a right side (knit) row, work in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 2 rows.

Begin Christmas Tree as follows:

Tree is worked over 12 sts.

Row 1: K 5 sts in red, 2 sts in green, 5 sts in red.

Row 2: Repeat Row 1.

Row 3: K 2 sts in red, 8 sts in green, 2 sts in red.

Row 4: K 3 sts in red, 6 sts in green, 3 sts in red.

Row 5: K 4 sts in red, 4 sts in green, 4 sts in red.

Row 6: K 5 sts in red, 2 sts in green, 5 sts in red.

Row 7: Repeat Row 6.

Work in Stockinette st for 4 rows.

Shape Neck

Next Row (wrong side): P4, bind off center 4 sts, purl to end of row.

Next Row: K4, cast on 4 sts, k4.

Back

Continue in Stockinette st until back measures same as front to ribbing.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off.

Sleeves (work 2)

On each side edge of front place a marker 1¾” above lower edge. Repeat to place markers on side edges of back. With right side facing, pick up and k9 sts evenly spacedacross one side edge between the markers. Work in Stockinette st until sleeve measures about 1½”.Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off. Repeat across other side edge for 2nd sleeve. Fold front over back and sew side and sleeve seams

Crewneck

With right side facing pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced around neck edge. Distribute

sts evenly onto 3 needles (4 sts on each needle). Place marker for beginning of round.

Work in 1×1 Rib for ½”. Bind off.

Hat

Cast on 12 sts. Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (4 sts on each needle). Place

marker for beginning of round. Prepare to work in rounds. Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rounds.

Work in Stockinette st for 1½”. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove from needles. Pull on tail to close top opening. Weave in end securely. Turn up brim.

Finishing

Weave in ends. With yarn (referring to photograph for placement), embroider French Knots on tips of branches and top of Christmas tree.

 

STRIPED PULLOVER & HAT

Pullover

Cast on 12 sts.

Front

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows.

With color of your choice, beginning with a right side (knit) row, work in Stockinette st (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) for 2 rows. With another color of your choice, work in Stockinette st for 2 rows. Repeat last 4 rows twice. Keeping in stripe pattern,

Work in Stockinette st for 2 rows.

Shape Neck (Keep in stripe pattern)

Next Row (right side): k4, bind off center 4 sts, knit to end of row.

Next Row: P4, cast on 4 sts, p4.

Back

Work in Stockinette st and continue to change color every other row until back measures same as front to ribbing, work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off.

Sleeves (work 2)

On each side edge of front place a marker 1¾” above lower edge. Repeat to place markers on side edges of back. With right side facing, pick up and

k10 sts evenly spaced across one side edge between the markers. Work in Stockinette st, and change color every other row, until sleeve measures about 1½”.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off. Repeat across other side edge for 2nd sleeve.

Fold front over back and sew side and sleeve seams.

Crewneck

With right side facing, beginning and ending at center front of neck, pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced around neck edge. Work back and forth in rows.Work in 1×1 Rib for ½” .

Bind off.

Tie

Cut 2 strands of first color and 1 strand of second color, each about 12” long. Hold all 3 strands together and tie an overhand knot at one end. Braid the strands for about 4” and tie another overhand knot to secure. Trim ends. Glue one yellow pompom to each end of braid, and tie piece loosely around neck of pullover.

Hat

Cast on 12 sts. Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (4 sts on each needle). Place marker for beginning of round. Prepare to work in rounds.Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rounds.

Work in Stockinette st for 2 rounds keeping in strip pattern. Work in Stockinette st for 2 rounds. Repeat last 4 rounds once more. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail

through remaining stitches and remove from needles. Pull on tail to close top opening.

Weave in end securely. Turn up brim. Glue 3 yellow pompoms to top of hat.

 

Finishing

Weave in ends.

 

CABLED PULLOVER & HAT

Cast on 14 sts.

Front

Begin Cable Pattern

Row 1 (right side):P3, k8, p3.

Row 2: K3, p8, k3.

Row 3: P3, 4/4 RC, p3.

Row 4: K3, p8, k3.

Rows 5–8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice.

Repeat Rows 1–8 once more.

Shape Neck

Next Row (right side): P3, k1, bind off center 6 sts, purl to end of row.

Next Row: K3, p1, cast on 6 sts, p1, k3.

Back

Work Cable Pattern Rows 1–8 twice. Bind off.

Collar

With right side facing, pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced around neck edge. Distribute

sts evenly onto 3 needles (4 sts on each needle). Place marker for beginning of round.

Next Round: Purl.

Repeat last round for 1”. Bind off.

Sleeves (work 2)

On each side edge of front place a marker 1¾” above lower edge. Repeat to place markers on side edges of back. With wrong side facing pick up and p12 sts evenly spaced across one side edge between the markers. Work in Reverse Stockinette st (purl on right side, knit on wrong side) until sleeve measures about 2”. Bind off. Repeat across other side edge for 2nd sleeve. Fold front over back, sew side + sleeve seams.

Hat

Cast on 12 sts.

Next Round: Purl.

Repeat last round until piece measures about 2” from beginning. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove from needles. Pull on tail to close top opening. Weave in end securely. Glue 3 green pompoms to top of hat.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

 

 

SNOWFLAKE PULLOVER & HAT

Cast on 13 sts.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows.

Beginning with a right side row (knit), work in Stockinette st for 2 rows.

Begin Snowflake as follows:

Row 1 (right side):With yellow, k6; with red, k1; with yellow, k6.

Row 2: With yellow, p6; with red, p1; with yellow, p6.

Row 3: With yellow, k4; with red, k1; [with yellow, k1; with red, k1] twice; with yellow, k4.

Row 4: With E, p5; with C, p3; with E, p5.

Row 5: With E, k3; with C, k7; with E, k3.

Row 6: With E, p5; with C, p3; with E, p5.

Row 7: With E, k4; with C, k1; [with E, k1; with C, k1] twice; with E, k4.

Row 8: With E, p6; with C, p1; with E, p6.

Row 9: With E, k6; with C, k1; with E, k6.

Work in Stockinette st for 2 rows.

Shape Neck

Next Row (wrong side): P4, bind off center 5 sts, purl to end of row.

Next Row: K4, cast on 5 sts, k4.

Back

Continue in Stockinette st until back measures same as front to ribbing.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off.

Sleeves (work 2)

On each side edge of front place a marker 1¾” above lower edge. Repeat to

place markers on side edges of back. With right side facing and yellow, pick up and

k10 sts evenly spaced across one side edge between the markers.

Work in Stockinette st until sleeve measures about 1½”.

Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rows. Bind off. Repeat across other side edge for 2nd sleeve.

Fold front over back and sew side and sleeve seams.

Crewneck

With right side facing and yellow, pick up and k14 sts evenly spaced around neck edge.

Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (5 sts on each of 2 needles and 4 sts on 3rd needle). Place marker for beginning of round. Work in 1×1 Rib for 1”. Bind off.

Hat

With yellow, cast on 12 sts. Distribute sts evenly onto 3 needles (4 sts on each needle). Place marker for beginning of round. Prepare to work in rounds. Work in 1×1 Rib for 2 rounds. Work in Stockinette st for 1½”. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining stitches and remove from needles. Pull on tail to close top opening.

Weave in end securely. Turn up brim. Glue 2 red and 2 yellow pompoms to top of hat.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

 

FINISHING

Arrange sweaters and hats around front of wreath

as desired and glue or pin in place. Cut 2 lengths

of red satin ribbon, one for hanging loop and

one for bow. Glue center of one length to center

top of wreath, placing the ribbon horizontally

and leaving ends free. Insert 2nd length through

center of wreath and tie ends together for hanger.

Tie ends of first length into a bow.

 

 

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