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Tree of Life Sweater
Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern Number: 749

SKILL LEVEL:  Experienced (Level 5)
SIZE: Small, Medium, Large
Finished chest measurements 48 (54, 57)"
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

620-403 Wool-Ease Yarn: Mushroom

Soft taupe brushed with gray


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Additional Materials
Eight 1 in. (25 mm) buttons
GAUGE:
14 sts + 20 rows = 4" (10 mm) over basketweave pat using 2 strands of yarn. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
STITCH GLOSSARY
2/2 Purl Left Cross (2/2 PLC) Place 2 sts on cn to front, p 2, k 2 from cn.



2/2 Purl Right Cross (2/2 PRC) Place 2 sts on cn to back, k 2, p 2 from cn.



2/1 Purl Left Cross (2/1 PLC) Place 2 sts on cn to front, p 1, k 2 from cn.



2/1 Purl Right Cross (2/1 PRC) Place 1 st on cn to back, k 2, p 1 from cn.



Purl Left Cross (PLC) Place 1 st on cn to front, p 1, k 1 from cn.



Purl Right Cross (PRC) Place 1 st on cn to back, k 1, p 1 from cn.



Right Cross (RC) Place 2 sts on cn to back, k 2, k 2 from cn.



Left Cross (LC) Place 2 sts on cn to front, k 2, k 2 from cn.



Make 1 (M1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle.

Work this new stitch through the back loop.




PATTERN STITCH

Twin Trees (worked across 40 sts and increased to 48 sts)

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15 (WS) K 12, p 4, k 8, p 4, k 12 -- 40 sts.



Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 (RS) Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.



Row 16 P 12, M1, k 4, p 8, k 4, M1, p 12 -- 42 sts.



Row 17 & all remaining odd number rows (WS) Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.



Row 18 P 12, k 1, M1, k 4, p 8, k 4, M1, k 1, p 12 -- 44 sts.



Row 20 P 10, 2/2 PRC, k 4, M1, p 8, M1, k 4, 2/2 PLC, p 10 -- 46 sts.



Row 22 P 8, 2/2 PRC, p 2, k 4, M1, k 1, p 8, k 1, M1, k 4, p 2, 2/2 PLC, p 8 -- 48 sts.



Row 24 P 6, 2/2 PRC, p 4, k 4, 2/2 PLC, p 4, 2/2 PRC, k 4, p 4, 2/2 PLC, p 6.



Row 26 P 5, 2/1 PRC, p 5, 2/1 PRC, k 2, p 2, 2/2 PLC, 2/2 PRC, p 2, k 2, 2/1 PLC, p 5, 2/1 PLC, p 5.



Row 28 P 5, k 2, p 5, 2/1 PRC, p 1, 2/1 PLC, p 3, RC, p 3, 2/1 PRC, p 1, 2/1 PLC, p 5, k 2, p 5.



Row 30 P 4, PRC, PLC, p 3, 2/1 PRC, p 3, 2/1 PLC, 2/2 PRC, 2/2 PLC, 2/1 PRC, p 3, 2/1 PLC, p 3, PRC, PLC, p 4.



Row 32 P 3, PRC, p 2, k1b, p 3, k 2, p 5, LC, p 4, LC, p 5, k 2, p 3, k1b, p 2, PLC, p 3.



Row 34 (P 2, PRC) 3 times, PLC, p 3, 2/1 PRC, 2/1 PLC, p 2, 2/1 PRC, 2/1 PLC, p 3, PRC, (PLC, p 2) 3 times.



Row 36 P 5, (PRC, p 2) twice, k1b, p 3, k 2, p 2, 2/1 PLC, 2/1 PRC, p 2, k 2, p 3, k1b, (p 2, PLC) twice, p 5.



Row 38 P 4, (PRC, p 2) 3 times, PRC, PLC, p 2, RC, p 2, PRC, (PLC, p 2) 3 times, PLC, p 4.



Row 40 P 3, PRC, p 6, (PRC, p 2) twice, k1b, p 2, k 4, p 2, k1b, (p 2, PLC) twice, p 6, PLC, p 3.



Row 42 P 2, p2tog, p 6, (PRC, p 2) 3 times, RC, (p 2, PLC) 3 times, p 6, p2tog tbl, p 2 -- 46 sts.



Row 44 P 8, PRC, p 6, PRC, p 1, 2/2 PRC, 2/2 PLC, p 1, PLC, p 6, PLC, p 8.



Row 46 P 7, p2tog, p 6, PRC, p 1, PRC, PLC, p 2, PRC, PLC, p 1, PLC, p 6, p2tog tbl, p 7 -- 44 sts.



Row 48 P 13, PRC, p 1, PRC, p 2, k1b, p 2, k1b, p 2, PLC, p 1, PLC, p 13.



Row 50 P 12, p2tog, p 1, (PRC, p 2) twice, PLC, p 2, PLC, p 1, p2tog tbl, p 12 -- 42 sts.



Row 52 P 17, PRC, p 4, PLC, p 17.



Row 54 P 17, k1b, p 6, k1b, p 17.



Row 56 P 16, p2tog, p 6, p2tog tbl, p 16 -- 40 sts.



Row 58 P 40.



Basketweave Pattern (worked over an even number of sts)

Rows 1 and 3 (RS) *K 2, p 2; rep from * across.



Rows 2 and 5 *P 2, k 2; rep from * across.



Row 4 *K 2, p 2; rep from * across.



Row 6 *K 2, p 2; rep from * across.



Rep Rows 1-6 for basketweave pat.

NOTES:
Sweater is worked with 2 strands of yarn held tog.Fronts are knitted before Back since tree chart on front may affect gauge.


INSTRUCTIONS



SWEATER
LEFT FRONT

With 2 strands of yarn held tog and smaller needles, cast on 42 (46, 50) sts.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 2", ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles.

Work in Basketweave Pat for 12 rows.

Beg with a k row, work in St st for 3 rows; then work 6 rows in garter st (= k every row); then beg with a p row, work in St st for 4 rows, ending with a RS row.

Tree of Life Pat: Next row (WS) K 1 (3, 5), place marker, work Tree of Life Pat Row 1 across next 40 sts, place marker, k 1 (3, 5).

Cont as est working Tree of Life Pat within markers and the first 1 (3, 5) and the last 1 (3, 5) sts in rev St st until 58 rows have been completed, then change to Basketweave Pat; AT THE SAME TIME, when piece meas 17" from beg, shape armholes as foll: Cont in Basketweave Pat, binding off at armhole edge at beg of every other row: 3 sts once, then 2 sts twice, then 1 st once -- 34 (38, 42) sts.

Cont even in Basketweave Pat until armhole meas 6 (6 1/4, 7)", ending with a RS row.



Shape neck and shoulder Cont in Basketweave Pat, bind off at neck edge at beg of every other row: 3 sts twice, 2 sts 3 times, then 1 st once; AT THE SAME TIME, when armholes meas 8 (8 1/4, 9)", bind off at armhole edge at beg of every other row: 7 (8, 10) sts twice, then 7 (9, 9) sts once.



RIGHT FRONT

Work to correspond to Left Front, rev shaping.

BACK

With 2 strands of yarn held tog and smaller needles, cast on 84 (92, 100) sts.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 2".

Change to larger needles.

Work in Basketweave pat until piece meas same as Left Front to armholes, ending with a WS row.

Shape armholes Cont in Basketweave Pat, bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 1 st at beg of next 2 rows -- 68 (76, 84) sts.

Cont even in Basketweave pat until armholes meas 7 1/4 (8, 8 1/4)".



Shape neck: Next row Work across 24 (28, 32) sts, join another 2 strands of yarn and bind off center 20 sts, work to end.

Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, bind off at each neck edge at beg of every other row: 2 sts once, then 1 st once -- 21 (25, 29) sts each side.

Cont even in Basketweave pat until armholes meas same as Front to shoulder.



Shape shoulders: Bind off at each armhole edge at beg of every other row: 7 (8, 10) sts twice, then 7 (9, 9) sts once.



SLEEVES

With 2 strands of yarn held tog and smaller needles, cast on 40 sts.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 2".

Change to larger needles.

Work in Basketweave Pat; AT THE SAME TIME, shape sides: Inc 1 st at each side every 4 rows 9 (11, 13) times working added sts into Basketweave Pat -- 58 (62, 66) sts.

Work even in Basketweave Pat until Sleeves meas 12 1/4" from beg or desired length to underarm.

Shape cap: Maintaining Basketweave Pat, bind off 3 sts at beg of next 4 rows, 2 sts at beg of next 4 rows, then dec 1 st at each edge every other row 1 (2, 3) times.

Bind off rem 36 (38, 40) sts.



FINISHING

Sew shoulder seams.

Left Front Band

With 2 strands of yarn held tog and smaller needles, beg at Left Front neck edge, PU and k approx 94 (98, 102) sts along Left Front edge.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 8 rows.

Bind off in rib.

Place markers on Left Front Band for 8 buttons; with first 1/4" above lower edge and the last 1/4" below neck edge.

Right Front Band

Work as for Left Front Band for 4 rows.

Next row *Rib to next marker, (k2tog, yo) for buttonhole; rep from * 7 more times, rib to end.

Cont in rib for 3 more rows.

Bind off in rib.



Collar

With RS facing, using 2 strands of yarn held tog and smaller needles, PU and k approx 67 (71, 75) sts around neck edge including tops of front bands.

Work in k 1, p 1 rib for 5".

Bind off in rib.

Set in Sleeves.

Sew side and Sleeve seams.

Sew on buttons.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
sl = slip
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
approx = approximately
beg = begin(s)(ning)
cn = cable needle
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
est = establish(ed)
foll = follow(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
k1b = knit through the back loop
p = purl
p2togb = purl 2 together in back
pat = pattern
PU = pick up
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through the back loop
tog = together
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over


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