Monday, August 19, 2013

Univeristy of Texas (UT) Sweater Ornament

Go Longhorns!  My In-Laws and close family friends all went to UT for their undergraduate degrees, and I thought it would be fun to design as sweater ornament for them.  I thought that I would just put "UT" on a sweater much like my Boston University Sweater Ornament, but I quickly discovered that UT combines the letters much like the Indiana University logo I grew up with.  I think that what I came up with is pretty cute!

  • Knitting Needles: Size 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: ~20 yards total Fingering weight KnitPicks Palette Yarn in two colors, Orange* (3-4 g; ~20 yards) and White (1g; ~5 yards) (*I dyed the orange yarn for this project myself.) 
  • Gauge: Not important for the completed project
  • Misc: yarn needle.

The Pattern
1. Cast on 16 sts in MC
2. (WS) Knit across
3. K across (RS)
Rows 4-6. Knit in stockinette (Knitting on RS rows, Purling on WS rows.)
Rows 7-15. Begin the UT lettering (see below), following the chart. Continue to K RS and P WS rows.
16. P16 (finishing the top of the UT chart), cast on 8 stitches with the backwards loop cast on method. (24 sts)
17. K 24 in MC, CO 8 sts using backwards loop cast on method (32 sts)
18. Purl across
19. K across
20. P 13, bind off 6 sts, P13. (26 sts.)
21. K13, cast on 6 sts using backwards loop method, K 13 (32 sts)
22. P across
23. K across
24. P across working chart as directed (the top of the second set of lettering begins here.)
25. Bind off 8 sts, K 24 working chart as directed (24 sts)
26. Bind off 8 sts, P 16
Rows 27-38. Work in stockinette, following chart where applicable. (Even rows purl, odd rows knit.)
Row 39: (RS) bind off purlwise.

The UT Sweater Knitting Chart  - The following chart follows the written directions above to help with placement of the colorwork logo in with the rest of the design.  Odd, RS rows are read right to left.  Even, WS rows are read left to right.

Odd rows are RS, Even rows are WS. Read chart right to left on RS, left to right on WS.

This isn't a project whre blocking is necessary, but it may make the sweaing a bit easier.  To sew the sweater together, turn the sweater in half at the neck with the right sides facing.  With loose ends, sew up the side seams and under the arms.  Weave in any remaining loose ends and turn the sweater ornament right side out.  Attach an orament hook and hang on your tree (or wrap to give as a gift.)  

University of Texas Logo by Itself:

10 rows x 9 columns
Feel free to use the UT logo on your other knitting projects.  I just ask that you give ChemKnits credit for the design!  (And feel free to show me pictures of your finished project in the ChemKnits Designs Ravelry Group.

Go Longhorns!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.
K - knit
P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute or sell this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2013 ChemKnits