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Militär-Pullover Pattern
Instructions by Laura, Original provided by Joeri


The following is based on an original knitting pattern of a German sweater for Military use.  Originally found in a period civilian magazine, the following instructions were provided by an experienced knitter who took the time to translate the original pattern and determined its working gauge.  Thanks Laura! 

The Original Pattern (PDF)
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Instructions:


The hardest part was the gauge. I used a light weight sport yarn and
3.75mm needles

Color – medium to dark grey

1. Waist band and cuffs: ribs (knit 2 purl 2)
2. Neck and front closure:
Stockinette stitch is knit front, purl back. That way you get a front that is all knit, no purls.
3. Pattern:
Rows 1,3 and 5: (back) knit 2, carry the yarn in front and lift 2 off as if to purl, repeat to end
Rows 2, 4 and 5: (front) lift the thread you carried across the first of the 2 stitches you lifted off onto the left needle and, including this thread knit 1 in the back of the stitch then lift the thread you carried across on to the needle again and including this thread knit one normally, purl 2, repeat to end
Rows 7, 9 and 11: carry the yarn in front and lift 2 off as if to purl, knit 2, repeat to end.
Rows 8, 10 and 12: purl 2, lift the thread you carried across the first of the 2 stitches you lifted off onto the left needle and knit 1 in the back of the stitch then lift the thread you carried across on to the needle again and knit one normally, repeat to end.
This pattern continues over the entire sweater.

Making the sweater:

Back:
Cast on 136 stitches. Work 8cm in the knit 2, purl 2 pattern. Then divided over the needle increase 10 stitches. On the sides you will increase 1 stitch every 4 cm 3x, then 1 stitch every 2 cm 5x. Total of 162 stitches.
At 33cm total length start casting off for the arm hole. First 7 then 3 then 3x 2 then 1.
At 51cm total length cast off for the shoulders This is going to be a little uneven as there is an odd number of stitches to cast off. Cast off 5 on each side 4x (the last cast off on one side will only be 4). Cast off the remaining 50.

Front: The front is constructed the same as the back until you reach 30cm total length. At this point your will cast off the middle 14 and work both halves separately. At 47cm total length cast off for the neck as follows: 3 stitches, 7x2 stitches. 1 stitch. At 51 cm total length cast off the shoulders: 4x 5 stitches.

Sleeves: Cast on 58 stitches and work 10cm in the knit 2 purl 2 pattern. Then increase 8 stitches divided over the needle. Continue in main pattern. Increase 1 stitch every 3cm 3x then every 2cm 13x, total of 102 stitches. At 51cm total length decrease at the beginning of each row first 3 then 3x 2 then 21x 1 then 4x 2 then 3. Cast off the remaining 20 stitches.

Front Closure: Cast on 16 stitches. Knit every row for 17cm. 3cm from the start knit 8 then cast off 4, knit to end. Next row: knit 4, cast on 4 and knit to end. Repeat this 3 times at 4 ½ cm intervals. DO NOT cast this off at 17cm. Put this piece to the side. Make a second piece without the buttonholes. Again DO NOT cast off. Sew these two pieces onto the front of the sweater so that the side with the 8 stitches is attached to the sweater. Sew the shoulders together. Pick up the stitches around the neckline (use your best judgment on this) and including the stitches from the front closure pieces, knit 2 ½ cm in stockinet stitch (both sides knit), the 2 ½ cm in flat (front knit, back purl)

Finishing: Fold over the flat knit part on the neckline and stitch down. Sew up the side seams. Sew up the seam on the sleeves. Set sleeves into the sweater easing where necessary. Finish the buttonholes. Add four buttons. CONGRATULATIONS YOU DID IT!

Any questions email me at: bitsta@optonline.net

    


 

 
 

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