Saturday, July 7, 2012

Union Jack Sweater

 I wanted to knit another Union Jack sweater, but this time like it was from a black and white photograph.  I found some perfect colours in a cotton, microfiber blend from Elann (my go-to source for great yarns at great prices!)

****For the USA Flag, go HERE, and change the 9 edge stitches on the front to 18 on each side... use the charcoal for red, off white for white and black for navy....
**** for other flags, including proud Canadians! go to this graph paper generator, and print out a page that has 90 stitches (put in the gauge and go 5 times, to get 100 stitches on the page, like the Union Jack one).  Draw your flag and use it like the pattern states below.  The reason this graph paper is better than square graph paper, is that you will get the flag without distortion, as gauge is more rows than stitches wide.

  This pattern IS NOT for beginner knitters.  Experience in charts and Intasia Knitting is needed.  If you skip the chart and knit all in one colour, it is easy.

Union Jack Sweater.
Size:  Mine is loose fitting medium, measuring 42 inches around the chest.  The sleeves are dropped and relaxed.  Add a few stitches or decrease up to 9 each side to make larger or smaller! 
Yarn: DK weight yarn, 10 balls (50 grams approx. 100m) of charcoal gray, 2 balls of off white, and 2 balls of black.  (I used Louisa Harding Albero)
Needles: 4.5 mm or any to make the gauge work!
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches. (in stocking stitch)
**** you will also need to find and print a FLAG CHART ****    I found the Union Jack chart HERE.  It is 90 stitches wide.
Back: With charcoal colour, Cast on 97 sts.  Work in knit one purl one ribbing for 2.5 inches.  Last row (wrong side) increase 9 stitches evenly across .
Change to stocking stitch, and work evenly until total length from cast on is 27 inches (or length preferred to shoulder) Cast off all stitches.
Front: Cast on 97 and work SAME AS BACK until you are about  10 inches  from cast on edge.  With right side facing you, knit 9, start Union Jack Chart row 1, knit 9.  Work the chart intasia style, keeping 9 stitches in charcoal at both sides, and using the charcoal for the red, off white for the white, and black for the navy blue sections of the flag.
Continue with the flag until the front is 4 inches below the total length of the back.  At this time, make the neck shaping, by casting off the CENTER 20 stitches.  Keep the flag chart going, and attach new yarn where needed, work both sides and decrease one stitch at each neck edge every RIGHT side row, 8 times.  Work even at the neck edge until the total length is same as the back.  ALSO WHEN you run out of flag chart, work the remaining front all in charcoal.  Cast off all shoulder stitches.
Sleeves: Cast on 43 stitches, work in ribbing for 2.5 inches.  Increase 5 sts on the last rib row, and work in stocking stitch, in charcoal for the rest of sleeve.  Increase one each side every SIXTH row until 74 stitches, then keep even until sleeve is 17.5 inches, or desired length of sleeve.  Cast off all stitches, and make another sleeve.
Sew one shoulder, and pick up 80 stitches around neck edge.  Work in knit one purl one ribbing for 1 inch, then cast off loosely. Sew other shoulder, sew sleeves, centered from the shoulder seams.  Sew side seams and sleeve seams.
Wear proudly!


Anonymous said...

I love this jumper. I'm going to ask my mum to knit for my Christmas present.
Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns.


Anonymous said...

Hi Chris. I'm going to knt your Union Jack sweater. However when I went to the graph it's showing 110 stitches not 90. I'm new to trying to adjust so not sure how to make the graph to 90 stitches. Can you help please

chris said...

the graph goes from 12 sts to 102 sts ( for some reason )... 90 sts across.