Table of contents:
- A few words about yarn
- How to work with the instruction?
- Sample making
- Knitting details beforehand
- Product assembly
Knitting sweaters for boys with knitting needles is a real pleasure for the craftswoman. Especially if the boy is only two years old and the size of his clothes is very small. Such products fit in one breath, it is impossible to get tired of them, and the result is visible after a few hours.
A few words about yarn
When choosing material for knitting children's sweaters, you should understand what purpose these products have. If you need them for one time, for example, for some holiday or photo shoot, acrylic or other artificial yarn is fine.
It is much cheaper than wool, but does not have the characteristics needed for winter warm clothes. At the same time, a sweater for a boy, knitted with knitting needles, designed for walking in the fresh air, should be uniquely warm, breathable, light and, of course, beautiful.
Traditionally, children choose yarn from alpaca or merino wool. These materials are highlyquality and great price. However, the baby will need quite a bit of yarn (literally 300 grams).
You can also use lambswool mixed with acrylic or cotton.
How to work with the instruction?
Often, sources offering to knit a sweater for a boy with knitting needles give specific data on the density of the fabric, as well as the number of loops and rows. This is relevant only for those craftswomen who plan to use exactly the yarn that was used by the author of the model.
When the thickness, composition or twist of the thread is different, all parameters will be different.
It is most convenient to take the description as recommendations and focus on the drawing with dimensions. Below is such a pattern, with its help knitting a sweater for boys with knitting needles will become a fairly simple task.
To understand how many loops to cast on at the beginning of work, you need to knit a small fragment from the yarn that was chosen by the craftswoman, and using a specific pattern. Then the sample is washed, dried (so that it takes its actual size) and measured. The data obtained will be used to calculate the product. For example, according to the sample, it turned out that there are 22 loops (in width) and 18 rows (in height) per 10 cm of canvas. So, to start knitting the front part, you need to dial 40x22 / 10=88 loops. This figure is just an example, because each craftswoman will have her own density indicator.
Knitting details beforehand
Taking into account the received number, you need to dial onknitting needles the required number of loops and knit five centimeters with an elastic band. Here you can apply absolutely any pattern: 1x1, 2x2 or even French elastic.
Then you need to count how many loops the pattern will take, with which the sweater for the boy will be decorated (knitting needles). Chart below is for 58 stitches.
Here, an empty cell indicates the front loop, a square with a black dot - wrong side. Crossing icons give a visual idea of how many loops and in which direction to move.
If we take the example used earlier (88 sts) as the base, the knitting sequence of the first row after the elastic will look like this:
1 edge st, k14, 58 in patt, k15.
Instead of front loops, you can apply almost any simple pattern. The main thing is not to be too smart and not get confused in the drawings and diagrams, otherwise simple work will turn into endless error correction.
Sweater for a boy with knitting needles is knitted exactly without additions and cuts. To form the neck, calculate how many loops should remain, add three to five to form a round neckline and multiply this figure by two.
For example: 12 cm x 22/10=26. This is the number of loops that will remain in the last row of each shoulder. Add five more to them (they will be cut in the first five rows after closing the neck loops and will allow the bevel of the fabric to form):
Total, the neck left (88-31)x2=26.Rollout formation algorithm:
- Knit 31 stitches in pattern.
- The next 26 loops are free to bind off or transfer to an auxiliary knitting needle (or thick thread). When the front and back pieces are sewn, these loops will become the basis for the collar.
- Knit 31 stitches in pattern.
- Turn work and work 29 stitches in pattern.
- Knit the last two loops with one. On subsequent rows cut 4 sts like this, leaving 26.
- Knit the fabric to the desired height, then cast off all loops (or reshoot on an auxiliary knitting needle if the shoulders will be sewn with a knitted seam).
- Similarly perform the second shoulder. Here, cuts are made in mirror image (at the beginning of the row). Sometimes the clasp is transferred to the shoulder, as in the photo at the beginning of the article. But, as a rule, it is inconvenient. It's easier to make ordinary sweaters.
A sweater for a boy (2 years old) with knitting needles can be knitted according to a simplified pattern, so you can not make a neck on the details of the back. After the ribbing, the fabric is knitted in stockinette stitch or in the chosen pattern and closed when it reaches the desired length.
Depending on the desire of the craftswoman, the details of the sleeves can be decorated with a pattern or be knitted with a simple stitch.
Sleeves with one decorative element in the center look good and are relatively easy to make, such as a large braid or braid weave. It is better to place the simplest pattern along the edges of the canvas, because it will have to be expanded.
Inc stitches are done evenly after the cuffs are finished. For example,calculations showed that it is required to add 17 cm. This will be (17/2) x (22/10) u003d 19 loops on each side. Since the height of the sleeve is also 19 cm, then every centimeter the fabric should expand by two loops (at the beginning and at the end of the row).
When all the details are ready, a knitted sweater for a boy can be sewn. First, the parts of the front and back are connected, then the sleeves are sewn in, the loops for the neck are cast on (knit to a height of 2 cm to 15 cm) and all loops are loosely closed.
The described algorithm is great if you need to make a sweater for an adult man. In this case, the proportions and dimensions of the pattern will be different, but the work sequence will remain the same.
The pattern can be located in the center of the front detail, then there will be wide sections at the edges connected with the front surface. Or the decorative ornament can be doubled.
Small braids become its center, which in the original version were a frame for other elements.