Adult Bulky Bear Hug Sweater Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    Materials and Measurements

    Woman knitting
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    Give your "hunny" a bear hug that will keep him warm all winter! This Adult Bulky Bear Hug Sweater makes a great gift, as it knits up fast (I did it in 3 days) and comes out to under $40 in materials using the yarn shown.

    Materials:

    • 10 (10, 11, 11) balls Lion Brand Hometown USA in shade 125 Billings Chocolate, or about 760 (810, 850, 890) yards of super bulky weight yarn of your choice.
    • one pair size 13 US (9 mm) needles
    • scissors, tape measure and yarn needle
    • size 13 US (9 mm) 16 inch...MORE circular needle
    • crochet hook for picking up stitches
    • stitch holders

    Gauge:

    2.25 sts and 4 rows to 1 inch over Textured Pattern Stitch

    Size:

    Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)

    Chest size finished garment: 40 (44, 48, 52) inches

    Length from back neck: 26 (27, 27.5, 28) inches

    Sample knit in Large size, by Eileen Casey

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  • 02 of 04

    Knit the Back

    Textured Stitch Pattern is as follows:

    Row 1 (right side): Knit.

    Row 2: Purl.

    Row 3: *K1, P1. Repeat from * across.

    Row 4: Purl.

    Row 5: Knit.

    Row 6: *P1, K1. Repeat from * across.

    1. Cast on 46 (50, 54, 58) stitches and work in 2x2 ribbing for 2 inches as follows: K1, *K2, P2. Repeat from * to last stitch, K1. End with a wrong side row.
    2. Work in pattern until back measures 17 (17.5, 17.5, 17.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
    3. Shape armholes: Bind off 4 (4, 6, 6) stitches at beginning of next 2 rows....MORE There are 38 (42, 42, 46) stitches.
    4. Continue in pattern, forming a neat edge for sleeves by adding a slip stitch selvedge as follows:

      Right side: slip first stitch knitwise, work pattern to last stitch, K1.

      Wrong side: slip first stitch purlwise, workpattern to last st, P1.

    5. Continue until armhole measures 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row. Leave stitches on a holder.
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  • 03 of 04

    Knit the Front and Sleeves

    Knitting the Sweater Front:

    1. Work as for back until armholes measure 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
    2. Work 13 (15, 15, 17) then put these on holder, bind off 12, work 13 (15, 15, 17) to end. Turn and work on left front first.
    3. Decrease 1 stitch at beginning of next 3 right side rows, then continue in pattern until armhole measures 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row. Put stitches on a holder.
    4. Rejoin yarn at left neck edge of front, and begin with a wrong side...MORE row. Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on every right side row 3 times, then continue in pattern until armhole measures 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5) inches, ending with a wrong side row.
    5. Put stitches on a holder.

    Knitting the Sleeves:

    1. Cast on 22 (26, 26, 26) stitches and work for 3 inches in 2x2 rib, ending with a wrong side row.
    2. Increase row: increase 1 at each end -- 24 (28, 28, 28) stitches.
    3. Incorporating new stitches into the Textured Stitch Pattern, increase at each end on every 4th row 5 (4, 5, 5) times, then every 6th row 4 (4, 4, 5) times. There are 42 (44, 46, 48) stitches.
    4. Continue until sleeve measures 20 (20.5, 22, 22.5) inches. Bind off all stitches. Make two sleeves.
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  • 04 of 04

    Finishing Your Bear Hug Sweater

    Place the back and front together, with wrong sides facing out. Match the 10 (12, 12, 14) stitches at shoulders on the front with the corresponding stitches on the back, and join using the 3 needle bind off.

    Fold sleeves in half lengthwise and pin into place, with center of sleeve at shoulder seam. Sew the side and sleeve seams.

    Neck: With a crochet hook and the circular needle, pick up and knit 9 stitches down left front of neck, pick up and knit the 12 stitches bound off at front neck, pick up...MORE and knit 9 stitches up right front of neck, knit the 18 stitches on holder from the back. There are 48 stitches.

    Place marker and join the round. Work in 2x2 ribbing for 2 inches. Bind off in rib.

    Weave in ends and block sweater to schematic measurements.