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Bobbles on the yoke: knitting a child’s top-down sweater using Toy Box

 

This week we’ve been exploring projects to knit using Premier Yarns Toy Box.

Today, I share with you a pattern for a quick baby sweater that’s worked top-down and features a yoke with bobbles. Earlier this week, I showed you the attributes of Toy Box and yesterday I shared a pattern for cozy slippers.

 

Premier Yarns Toy Box in Wiffle Ball knits up into a cute soft pull over for a little 6-month old.
Premier Yarns Toy Box in Wiffle Ball knits up into a cute soft pull over for a little 6-month old.

 

This pattern is written for the preemie size, sizes (newborn, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 2 years) are in parentheses. The picture is of the 6-month size.

Yarn

Premiere Toy Box (#5 Chunky/Bulky; 109 yds / 100g; 100% Acrylic—more specifically, 2 plies of fluffy acrylic spun around a 2 ply binding thread): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 3) balls

Sizes US 10¾″ [7mm] and US 11 [8mm] circular needles for magic loop or dbns to knit in the round.

Gauge: On size US 11 [8mm] needles, 12 sts / 18 rows = 4″; row gauge isn’t essential for this pattern.

 

These easy to make 3-chain bobbles add a cute texture to this cuddly knit.
These easy to make 3-chain bobbles add a cute texture to this cuddly knit.

 

3-chain Bobble Stitch – YouTube

Charles Voth explains how to make a 3-chain Bobble Stitch for KNITmuch.com post ”Bobbles on the yoke: knitting a child’s top-down sweater using Toy Box”

 

 

Special Stitches

3-chain Bobble (3chB): K1, [wrap yarn over RH needle from back to front, pass st over wrap] 3 times, left leg of st just knit into with LH needle and place on RH needle, pass st over this lifted strand ensuring bobble lies to front of work.

Norwegian cast-on – YouTube

Charles Voth explains how to make the old Norwegian cast-on free pattern on www.knitmuch.com ”Bobbles on the yoke: knitting a child’s top-down sweater using…

 

 

Pattern Begins

With larger needles, using old Norwegian cast-on, cast on 28 (32, 36, 38, 38, 40) sts. Being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.

Rnd 1: With smaller needles, [k1, p1] around.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep these 2 rows once more.

Rnd 5: With larger needles, [k3 (4, 3, 3, 3, 5) m1] 8 (8, 12, 12, 12, 7) times, knit rem sts—36 (40, 48, 50, 50, 47) sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Size 2 only

Rnd 7: [K4, 3chB, k1, m1, k3, 3chB, k2, m1, k2], 3chB, k3, m1, k1, 3chB, k4, m1, 3chB, k4, 3chB, m1, rep between [ ] once, k1, 3chB, k1—54 sts.

Other sizes

Rnd 7: [K5 (4, 5, 4, 4, –), 3chB] 6 (8, 8, 10, 10, –] times.

 

This pattern has only 2 rounds with bobbles and they are staggered to create some visual interest. The intense blues and grays of this colorway are so attractive.
This pattern has only 2 rounds with bobbles and they are staggered to create some visual interest. The intense blues and grays of this colorway are so attractive.

 

All Sizes

Rnds 8–9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13): Knit.

Rnd 10 (11, 12, 13, 13, 14): [K 8 (6, 6, 6, 5, 5), m1] 4 (6, 8, 8, 10, 10) times, knit rem sts—40 (46, 56, 58, 60, 64) sts.

Rnd 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15): [K5 (4, 6, 4, 5, 6), 3chB] 6 (8, 8, 10, 10, 9) times, knit rem sts.

Rnd(s) 12 (13-14, 14-16, 15-16, 15-18, 16-18): Knit.

Rnd 13 (15, 17, 17, 19, 19): [K10 (7, 9, 7, 7, 6), m1] 4 (6, 6, 8, 8, 10) times, knit rem sts—44 (52, 62, 66, 70, 74) sts.

Rnd 14 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20): Knit.

 

When joining colors for the sleeves, you may need to look further into the skein for the right color to make a less jarring transition.
When joining colors for the sleeves, you may need to look further into the skein for the right color to make a less jarring transition.

 

Divide Body and Sleeves

Set-up Row: *K15 (17, 20, 21, 23, 24), with scrap yarn cast on 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts on LH needle, knit across these sts, slide next 7 (9, 11, 12, 12, 14) sts onto a stitch holder (or thread onto a length of scrap yarn that you can tie closed; rep from * once.

Body

Rnd 1: *Knit to sts on scrap yarn cast-on, pick up and knit a st in the gap between the sts on the scrap yarn cast-on and the RH needle, pm, knit across next 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, pm, pick up and knit a st in the gap between the sts on the scrap yarn cast-on and the LH needle; rep from * once—42 (46, 52, 56, 58, 60) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, rm, knit to next marker, rm, k2tog; rep from * once—38 (42, 48, 52, 54, 56) sts.

Knit even until work measures approximately 5¾ (7, 8½, 10¼, 11, 12)” from cast-on at center front or back.

Ribbing

Rnd 1: With smaller needles, [k1, p1] around.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep last 2 rows 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) times more. Cast off with larger needle.

 

This yarn is so soft that it can be worn next to the skin. For this reason, these sweaters are not super loose and bulky.
This yarn is so soft that it can be worn next to the skin. For this reason, these sweaters are not super loose and bulky.

 

Sleeves (work in both arm openings)

Set-up round: Return 7 (9, 11, 12, 12, 14) sts on holder to needle. Take scrap yarn off provisional cast-on at underarm and place sts on larger needle. Join yarn and knit across underarm stitches, pick up and knit a st between underarm and sleeve sts, knit around to next gap, pick up and knit a st between sleeve sts and underarm sts—12 (14, 16, 18, 18, 20) sts.

Rnds 1–2: Knit.

Rnd 3: K2, k2tog, knit around—11 (13, 15, 17, 17, 19) sts.

Knit plain until sleeve measures 5¾ (7¼, 9½, 11, 12, 13¾)” from cast-on edge at collar.

Next Rnd: Knit 1 round, decreasing 1 (1, 1, 3, 3, 3) sts evenly around—10 (12, 14, 14, 14, 16) sts.

Work Ribbing as for Body. Cast off with larger needle.

Weave in all ends and lightly steam block.

TIP For less prominent bobble, work 2 chains instead of 3.

I hope you give this adorable sweater a try, or at least try this cast-on or these bobbles if they are new to you. What kind of projects do you like to knit with Premier Yarns Toy Box?

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Knit easy child slippers with Toy Box colors

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

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