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Stripe Freestyle: a child’s raglan sweater featuring whatever colors your kid chooses! Knit in 4 colors (or more) from the bottom up in the round, this design uses written instructions, a schematic and some tips on personalizing your striping choices. The sweater is completely reversible. If the kid spills on the front…turn it around. It requires virtually no sewing at the end, just weaving in ends and joining up the underarm stitches. Stripe Freestyle uses an Aran weight yarn that knits at 15 sts = 4”/10 cm after blocking on a size US 8 needle. This pattern requires the knitter to increase, decrease, and play with color.

Accessibility Note: This pattern offers an additional Low Vision pdf option, with Arial 24 point font and photo captions, for those who need large print.

A word about sizing: Please measure the wearer’s chest size and plan for plenty of ease. This is meant to be a relaxed fit…kids grow fast.

Stripe Freestyle is a raglan, oversized, bottom-up pullover, sized to fit sizes 2-4 (4 6, 6-8, 8-10), measuring 27 (30½, 32, 33½)“/69 (77, 81.5, 85.5) cm at the chest when blocked.

Any Aran weight yarn that knits to the correct gauge in 4 or more colors, as follows:

Main Color (MC):
Approximately 364 (439, 522, 604) yd/333 (401, 477, 553) m
Small amounts of Contrast Color #1 (CC1),#2 (CC2), #3 (CC3):
Approximately 50 yd/46 m for all sizes
(This is a good opportunity to use up your stash!)

The Sample pictured is Size 6-8 (32”/81 cm), and knit in Custom Woolen Mills Mule Spinner 2 ply yarn (100% Canadian Wool, 217 yd (198 m)/4 oz (112 gr) per skein). Colors used in sample are:

MC: 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins color #06 Royal Blue
CC1: 1 skein color #16 Red
CC2: 1 skein color #28 Orange
CC3: 1 skein color #01 Natural White

Size US 8 (5mm) 24” circular knitting needle or size to get gauge
Size US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles or size to get gauge
Size US 8 (5mm) 16” circular knitting needle or size to get gauge (optional: for neckline)

Notions Required:
Markers or bit of scrap yarn
Tape measure
Row counter (recommended)
Waste yarn or stitch holders
Tapestry needle
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (950KB)
  • PDF (1MB)