Mens Diagonal Rib Sweater

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Men’s Diagonal Rib Sweater

designed by Kim Guzman © Dec. 2001

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Technique: Tunisian Crochet

Sizes

Finished Garment Chest Measurements: 36 (40, 44, 50)”. All sizes are written for the smallest size indicated, with size changes in parentheses. If there is only one number, it is the same for all sizes. Choose a size that is at least two inches more than actual chest measurement. Fluctuations in gauge may cause changes in finished size and a need for additional materials.


Materials

  • Size H (5mm) double-ended Tunisian hook
  • Size K (6.5mm) Tunisian hook (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Size H (5mm) regular crochet hook
  • Red Heart Soft* (100% acrylic/5 oz.): 2 (2, 2, 2) skeins Wheat (CA) and 8 (9, 11, 12) skeins Aran (CB)
  • Open ring stitch markers or contrasting pieces of yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Ruler or Measuring Tape

Note About Yarn Used

This garment was made with original Red Heart Soft which was a lighter weight than the current Red Heart Soft. It was more of a light worsted. A light worsted or perhaps a DK weight yarn is suggested for this garment.

Special Stitches

Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss): Insert hook in a side-to-side motion under the front vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop.

Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks): Insert hook between front and back vertical bars of the same stitch, coming out at back of work, yarn over, pull up loop.

Tunisian Reverse Stitch (trs): With hook behind work, insert hook from side to side under back vertical bar, always keeping hook to back of work, yarn over, pull up loop.

Please see my Videos for further instruction on these Tunisian crochet stitches.

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from side of indicated stitch, going around the back of indicated stitch and from back to front on opposite side of indicated stitch, yarn over, pull loop through (3 loops on hook), continue double crochet normally.

Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front at side of indicated stitch, going around the front of indicated stitch and from front to back on opposite side of indicated stitch, yarn over, pull loop through (3 loops on hook), continue double crochet normally.

Gauge

A swatch worked on 18 stitches for 20 rows, worked in Diagonal Stitch Pattern with size K Tunisian hook, measures approximately 4″ square.

Notes

To bind off stitches, insert hook under indicated vertical bar (maintaining Stitch Pattern, yarn over, pull loop through vertical bar and loop on hook. (Slip Stitch Bind Off made.)

To decrease by one stitch at the beginning of a row, (maintaining Stitch Pattern) skip the first vertical bar, insert hook under two vertical bars (at the same time) before pulling up a loop.

To decrease by one stitch at the end of a row, (maintaining Stitch Pattern) pull up loops for all stitches to last two vertical bars, insert hook under two vertical bars (at the same time) before pulling up a loop.

To increase by one stitch at the beginnning of a row, skip first vertical bar, insert hook in first loop from row below to pull up the additional loop.

To increase by one stitch at the end of a row, once all loops for the row are on hook, insert hook in last loop from row below to pull up the additional loop.

When attaching a new skein of yarn, only attach at the beginning or ending of a row.


Back

Ribbing

Note: In the past, you may have only worked with two separate colors when working witha double-ended Tunisian hook. For the ribbing of this garment, you will be working with two skeins of the same color. Therefore, you will need to pay close attention to when you turn the project to begin using the other skein of yarn. Always remember that when the hook is full of the indicated loops, you will turn and begin using the other skein.

Row 1:
A: With CA and double-ended Tunisian hook, ch 15, insert hook in back horizontal bar of the second ch from hook, yo, pull lp through, [insert hook in back horizontal bar of next ch, yo, pull lp through] across–15 lps.
B: Turn hook 180 degrees so opposite side of work is facing you, push lps to opposite end of hook, attach second skein of CA with slip knot to hook, pull lp of slip knot through one lp on hook, [yarn over, pull through 2 lps on hook] across–1 lp remains on hook (here and throughout), do not turn.

Row 2:
A: Still using second skein, sk first vertical bar, tss across–15 lps.
B: Turn hook 180 degrees so opposite side of work is facing you, push lps to opposite end of hook, with first skein of CA, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across, do not turn.

Row 3:
A: (Right Side) Still using first skein, sk first vertical bar, trs across–15 loops.
B: Turn hook 180 degrees so opposite side of work is facing you, push lps to opposite end of hook, with second skein of CA, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across, do not turn.

Rep rows 2-3 until 41 (45, 50, 54) ridges have been completed. (1 ridge is equal to one each of rows 2 and 3.) Bind off all stitches (see Notes above), fasten off.

Body

Foundation:
A: With regular Tunisian hook and with rightside of Ribbing facing, join CB with sl st to one end of long edge (1 lp on hook), pull up 81 (90, 99, 108) lps evenly across long edge–82 (91, 100, 109) lps.
B: (Closing: when pattern indicates to close normally, close as follows) Ch 1, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across.

Begin Stitch Pattern as follows:

Row 1: Sk first vertical bar, [3 tks, 6 trs] across, close normally.

Row 2: Sk first vertical bar, trs, [3 tks, 6 trs] to last 8 sts, 3 tks, 5 trs, close normally.

Row 3: Sk first vertical bar, 2 trs, [3 tks, 6 trs] to last 7 sts, 3 tks, 4 trs, close normally.

Row 4: Sk first vertical bar, 3 trs, [3 tks, 6 trs] to last 6 sts, 3 tks, 3 trs, close normally.

Row 5: Sk first vertical bar, 4 trs, [3 tks, 6 trs] to last 5 sts, 3 tks, 2 trs, close normally.

Row 6: Sk first vertical bar, 5 trs, [3 tks, 6 trs] to last 4 sts, 3 tks, trs, close normally.

Row 7: Sk first vertical bar, [6 trs, 3 tks] across, close normally.

Row 8: Sk first vertical bar, tks, [6 trs, 3 tks] to last 8 sts, 6 trs, 2 tks, close normally.

Row 9: Sk first vertical bar, 2 tks, [6 trs, 3 tks] to last 7 sts, 6 trs, tks, close normally.

Rep rows 1-9 of Stitch Pattern until piece measures 13 (14, 15, 16)” from bottom edge of Ribbing.

Armhole Decreasing

Maintaining Stitch Pattern (adjust pattern to accommodate the changes in the number of lps), decrease 1 st on each side for 12 rows–58 (67, 76, 85) lps remain.

Continue in Stitch Pattern (here and throughout) on 58 (67, 76, 85) sts until piece measures 25 (26, 27, 28)” from bottom edge of Ribbing.

Neckline

Sk first vertical bar, pull up lps in next 12 (15, 19, 21) sts, close normally, without completing row–13 (16, 20, 22) sts.

Decrease by one st at neck edge for three rows–10 (13, 17, 19) sts.

Shoulder

Continue on 10 (13, 17, 19) sts until piece measures 26 (27, 28, 29)” from bottom edge of Ribbing, bind off.

Opposite Shoulder

Count across 13 (16, 20, 22) sts from opposite armhole, join CB with sl st (counts as first lp on hook), pull up lps in each remaining sts, continue as for other shoulder, bind off.

Front

Work as for Back until piece measures 13 (14, 15, 16)” from bottom edge of Ribbing.

Armhole Decreasing

Maintaining Stitch Pattern, decrease 1 st on each side for 14 rows–54 (63, 72, 81) lps remain.

Continue in Stitch Pattern on 54 (63, 72, 81) sts until piece measures 23 (24, 25, 26)” from bottom edge of Ribbing.

Neckline

Sk first vertical bar, pull up lps in next 12 (15, 19, 21) sts, close normally, without completing row–13 (16, 20, 22) sts.

Decrease by one st at neck edge for three rows–10 (13, 17, 19) sts.

Shoulder

Continue on 10 (13, 17, 19) sts until piece measures 26 (27, 28, 29)” from bottom edge of Ribbing, bind off.

Opposite Shoulder

Count across 13 (16, 20, 22) sts from opposite armhole, join CB with sl st (counts as first lp on hook), pull up lps in each remaining sts, continue as for other shoulder, bind off.

Sleeves (make 2)

Ribbing

With CA and double-ended Tunisian hook, ch 10, work Ribbing across 10 sts until 20 (21, 22, 23) ridges have been completed, bind off.

Note: Sleeves are worked in Tunisian Knit Stitch only (except Ribbing).

With regular Tunisian hook and with ridge side facing, join CB with sl st to end of long edge (1 lp on hook), pull up 40 (42, 44, 46) lps evenly across long edge of Ribbing, close normally–41 (43, 45, 47) sts.

Increase by one lp on each side on every fourth row until piece measures 19.5 (20.5, 21.5, 22.5)” from the bottom edge of Ribbing–on final increasing, approximately 83 (89, 93, 97).

Decrease by one lp on each side on every other row until piece measures 22 (23, 24, 25)” from bottom edge of Ribbing, bind off. On final decreasing, approximately 71 (77, 81, 85) stitches.

Finishing

Stitch shoulders, set in Sleeves, stitch side and sleeve seams.

Neck Ribbing

With regular crochet hook and with right side facing, join CB at either Shoulder seam, ch 2, work an odd number of dc evenly around neck, sl st to top of ch-2.

Ch 1, FPdc around same ch-2 of joining, [BPdc around next dc, FPdc around next dc] to last st, BPdc around last st, sl st to first FPdc.

*Ch 1, FPdc around each FPdc and BPdc around each BPdc, sl st to first FPdc, rep from * until Neck Ribbing measures 2″, fasten off. Weave in ends securely.

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