This was knitted using cheap Poundworld acrylic so I wasn’t too concerned when it didn’t turn out quite as I’d expected.
I created the pattern using Knitware and chose dolman sleeves. I thought dolman sleeves were more or less the same as batwing sleeves and was expecting them to be a bit fuller than they turned out to be.
As you can see they aren’t much different from normal sleeves. Never mind, it’s not really a problem.
I did the centre panel using the single motif point cams and the thingies (technical term) that you attach to the carriage. All went well until I had to do the neck shaping then I just couldn’t figure out how to get the pattern to knit properly because of the positioning of the point cams on the needlebed. I was probably missing some simple step but after about six attempts when it mis-patterned I decided just to leave the mistakes in and Swiss darn over them when I’d finished.
I couldn’t even get the Swiss darning to look right so gave up and decided life’s too short. The mistakes aren’t very noticable anyway.
What I have discovered about this Poundworld wool is that there are no dye lots. There is a batch number on the ball bands but despite them all matching there are differences in the colours. You can see in the last photo that there is a slight difference between the sleeves and the front.
There is also a difference in the back where I joined a second ball.
You can see it just below the armholes, it’s only a very slight difference. I’m not too concerned about it though, it is really cheap wool after all.
Here’s the pattern if anyone’s interested.
KNITWARE SWEATER DESIGN
Flat (Bottom-Up) Regular length Straight Pullover with Ribbing
Drop (grafted) shoulder with Full length Dolman sleeves with Ribbing
Ballet front neck and Shallow back neck with Single Band collar
Pattern File Name: Dolman Jumper
Size: Standard Woman 36 for *
Date started: 22/07/2014 Finished: *
Poundworld; Purple; Acrylic; *
Gauge (Stocking stitch over 4 in = 10 cm): 31.0 sts by 43.0 rows.
Body knit by Silver Reed SK280 using TD6
Ribbing knit by Silver Reed SK280 using TD3
FINISHED DIMENSIONS: (ins): … with Moderate fit.
Chest: 38.4 Armhole: 24.2 Top Neck Opening: 9.3
Hem Width: 8.1 Front Neck Width: 5.9
Front Neck Depth: 3.1
Hem Width: 38.4 Sleeve Bottom: 8.1 Back Neck Width: 7.9
Sleeve Length: 16.8 Back Neck Depth: 0.5
Body Length: 23.0 Hem Length: 2.0 Collar Length: 1.0
Hem Length: 2.5
Note: Read ALL these instructions thoroughly BEFORE starting to knit. There may be sections where there are two shapings to work at the same time (such as necklines or waist shaping). The pattern may call for more needles than you have on your machine.
NOTE: At most, 190 needles are required to make this garment.
1. Cast on 150 sts in MY, using TD3 and closed edge method. Work in 1×1 rib for 30 rows. COR.
2. Change to TD6 and Stocking stitch, RC000. Work 90 rows.
3. Mark this row at both ends for armhole. Work 126 rows (216 rows total).
4. Shape neck. COR. Thread center 62 sts to WY. 44 sts each side.
5. Right neck. LH needles in HP. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 5 times, until 39 sts remain. Work 1 rows even. Total 222 rows.
6. Cut yarn. Work 6 rows WY. Place sts in HP.
7. Left neck. COL. Work as for right neck, reversing shapings.
1-2 Follow steps 1 and 2 as for back. COR.
3. Armhole. Mark this row at both ends for armhole. Work 98 rows ( 188 rows total).
4. Shape neck. COR. Thread center 46 sts to WY. 52 sts each side.
5. Right neck. LH needles in HP. Dec 1 st at neck edge every row 13 times, until 39 sts remain. Work 21 rows even. Total 222 rows.
6. Cut yarn, leaving a 31.0 ins end. Work 6 rows WY. Place sts in HP.
7. Left neck. COL. Work as for right neck, reversing shapings.
LEFT SHOULDER SEAM:
1. Graft shoulder seam on 39 sts.
BALLET FRONT NECK SINGLE BAND COLLAR:
1. Bring out 178 needles to HP. With wrong side of work facing, rehang 5 sts from right back neck edge, 62 sts from back neck holder, 5 sts from left back neck edge, 30 sts from left front neck edge, 46 sts from front neck holder and 30 sts from right front neck edge. Hang weights. Push needles to FWP, latches open. Use TD3 with COR.
2. Work 12 rows. Convert to 1×1 rib. Cast off loosely.
RIGHT SHOULDER SEAM:
1. As for left shoulder seam.
1. Sleeve is grafted onto the body of the sweater, and worked down to the ribbing. Hang side edge of body between armhole markers on 190 needles, wrong side of work facing. Push sts back against the bed and hang weights as usual.
2. Push needles to FWP, place COR with TD6 and thread up MY with Stocking stitch.
3. Knit first row very carefully. If very tight, or bulky yarn, you may want to knit the first row by hand.
4. Dolman gusset. Shape the underarm curve for the dolman gusset as follows:
Work 2 rows even.
Row 3: Cast off 8 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 174 sts remaining.
Row 5: Cast off 5 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 164 sts remaining.
Row 7: Cast off 4 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 156 sts remaining.
Row 9: Cast off 3 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 150 sts remaining.
Row 11: Cast off 3 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 144 sts remaining.
Row 13: Cast off 2 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 140 sts remaining.
Row 15: Cast off 2 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 136 sts remaining.
Row 17: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 134 sts remaining.
Row 19: Cast off 2 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 130 sts remaining.
Row 21: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 128 sts remaining.
Row 23: Cast off 2 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 124 sts remaining.
Row 25: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 122 sts remaining.
Row 27: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 120 sts remaining.
Row 29: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 118 sts remaining.
Row 31: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 116 sts remaining.
Row 33: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 114 sts remaining.
Row 37: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 112 sts remaining.
Row 39: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 110 sts remaining.
Row 43: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 108 sts remaining.
Row 47: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 106 sts remaining.
Row 58: Cast off 1 sts at the beg of next 2 rows. 104 sts remaining.
5. Remainder of sleeve shaping. Dec 1 st at each end of every 4th row 8 times, then every 5th row 12 times to 64 sts (152 rows total).
6. Work even to total 160 rows. COR.
7. Cut main yarn. Work 6 rows WY. Remove sts from machine.
1. With wrong side of work facing, hook the MY sts onto 64 needles, leaving every other needle in NWP. Hang weights. Knit 1 row using TD6.
2. Change to TD3 and knit 24 rows.
3. Convert to 1×1 rib using latchet tool. Cast off loosely.
1. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew any remaining seams.
2. Darn/weave/sew in all loose ends.