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Start Your Polly!

September 27, 2011

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Well the day is here to start the Polly Pullover or Cardigan Knitalong! You can now officially cast on as soon as you are ready. Some are choosing to make the short sleeve pullover exactly as on the pattern. Some are wanting to change the pullover to a long sleeve cardigan. You could also make a long sleeve pullover. You choose what is good for you!

Please click here to see the pattern and details! You can purchase the pattern in your local yarn shops or right here online in our downloadable pattern shop. Merri Fromm designed the beautiful original Polly Pullover and she did such a wonderful job. The pattern is written so clearly. Thanks to Merri for this great pattern!

Click here for all of the Polly Pullover detail information and the pattern addendum for 2 additional larger sizes!

Now to change the pullover to a cardigan, like I did, here is what you do. You are going to work back and forth in rows instead of knitting in the round. I casted on the smaller size 32-inch circular needles and just stayed on those for the entire raglan section and the cardigan body. I used the same size in double-pointed needles for the sleeves.

You will need to start the row at the front center of your cardigan, and end the row at the other side front center. I followed the pattern exactly for all shaping.

Cardigan Version

Collar:

Cast on the number of stitches as assigned in the pattern. Do not join to work in the round. Work back in forth in rows and in rib as specified.

Next row: purl

On the next row place your stitch markers as follows:

Knit half of the front stitches (look on the pattern for number of front stitches for your size), pm, knit the right sleeve number of stitches, pm, knit the back number of stitches, pm, knit the left sleeve number of stitches, pm, knit the remaining half of the front stitches.

Next row: purl

Begin Raglan Increases:

Next row (increase row): (knit to 1 stitch before the stitch marker, kfb, sm, kfb) repeat across the row (increase 8 sts on every increase row)

Next row: purl

Repeat the last two rows until you have the specified number of stitches on the pattern. End with a purl row.

Divide for Body:

Note: Remove the stitch markers as you work across this row.

Next row: knit the front stitches, place the sleeve stitches on a length of scrap yarn, using the backward loop method cast on 1 st for underarm (place a stitch marker to mark this stitch), knit across the back stitches, place the sleeve stitches on a length of scrap yarn, using the backward loop method cast on 1 stitch for the underarm (place a stitch marker to mark this stitch), knit across the front stitches.

Work even to the specified length in the pattern from the underarm. End with a purl row.

Waist Shaping

You can leave the waist shaping out if you prefer a looser fitting garment at the waist.

I did include the waist shaping on the Carbon cardigan in the photos. However, I moved the waist shaping to the sides of the cardigan (instead of the darts on the front) using the stitch marker placed on the cast on stitch under the arm to mark the location of the waist shaping. I used the exact same waist shaping or darts as in the pattern, only I did the decreases and increases on the sides of the cardigan.

I skipped right to the decrease round at this point.

Decrease row: (knit to 2 stitches before the stitch marker, ssk, sm, k2tog) repeat one more time and then knit to the end of the row.

Next row: purl

Work as specified in the pattern to the increase round.

Increase row: (k to 1 stitch before the stitch marker, kfb, sm, kfb) repeat one more time and then knit to the end of the row.

Next row: purl

Work to the end of the body as specified in the pattern continuing in rows.

Okay, that’s a good amount to get you started.  Next time I will have the instructions for the sleeve modifications and the button bands!

Click here to go to the Ravelry group, Friends of Spud & Chloë, and the thread for the knitalong!

Please direct all questions to the knitalong thread or here on the comments. That way everyone can benefit from your questions and answers. Also, please feel free to jump in and help when someone asks a question. That’s what makes knitalongs so much fun!

Off you go! Keep me posted, I want to hear all about your versions of Polly.

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