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Published on November 13th, 2014 | by Jenni

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Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part two

The second part of our K-A-L pattern is here – this week we are tackling the front of the sweater! Read on to download it, find out about the techniques involved and get our top tips.

Well done to all of you who have completed the first part of the pattern! It has been great to read how proud people are of their progress so far and taking on new challenges. Judging by all the incredible photos I’ve seen, you’re all knitting fabulously and I am seriously impressed by the quality and colour choices!

 

Update: 17/11/2014 16:30 GMT: Click on the button below to download the updated version of the pattern to knit the front.

If you have been knitting size 0-3 months, the pattern is fine and there is no need to make any changes. For all other sizes, there was an issue with the number of sts to cast off at the neckline, which meant that the stitches were not aligned. We’re so sorry for the inconvenience this caused and hope we have you smiling again with this new and improved version!

All the best, 

Jenni & the LoveKnitting team

Techniques

Honeycomb cable

The front part of the pattern will see some honeycomb cabling, which is a great stitch pattern that is easy to follow. Click here to learn more about the honeycomb cable.

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Monica’s top tips

This pattern is made by knitwear designer and teacher Monica Russel of The KnitKnacks. Before starting, make sure you read Monica’s tips for knitting the front:

  • I love working with a wooden cable needle as the stitches never fall off!
  • Use a strand of a different coloured yarn to mark where you start the armhole shaping- this makes sewing up the garment much easier.

Monica will be available to answer questions and offer more advice on Monday 17th November, 3-4 pm, so you if have any questions for her, simply comment at the bottom of this blog and she will reply then. I will also be here everyday to answer any burning questions!

Share your progress

I’ll be sharing my progress tomorrow, 14th November, so make sure to take a look and let me know what you think. It’s wonderful to hear where you are all knitting from, who you are knitting for and why, so keep your comments coming! And don’t forget, you can also show us your progress by uploading your pictures too.

All you need to do is:

1. Click on ‘choose file’, where you can select an image from your computer

2. Write your comments in the box

3. Click on ‘post comment‘ to submit it.

We’d love to see how your project is coming to life so go ahead and share your progress with us and the rest of the lovely KAL knitters.

Just found us? Want to download the first part of the pattern? Find it here.


About the Author

is a craft fanatic with a love of sewing and an obsession with knitting bows. She loves baking cupcakes, discovering new countries and fashion.


Last updated: November 18th, 2014.

79 Responses to Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part two

  1. Jo-Ann says:

    Problem with pattern 2. The center stitches is rows 1 and 2 are 9. The instructions for the center cable account for only 8. It needs to be 8 or the cable will be lop sided and uneven. How do I handle the 9th stitch?

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jo-Ann,

      You are absolutely right, thank you for spotting this and letting us know. You need to add a stitch in between the two cable sections. We have updated the PDF so you can see where the stitches need to go, simply click the download button above.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  2. Jo-Ann says:

    Thanks, that’s what I did…

  3. Adhiti says:

    I’ve not yet started – just knitted my gauge swatch – with any luck I’ll catch up with you all by next Thursday – it’s a good job I’m not back at work yet lol

  4. RJ Smith says:

    Hmmm… When I click on the DOWNLOAD PATTERN button, I get Part 1 of the pattern. Is it just me?

    • Jenni says:

      Hello,

      Not sure why that is happening, the download should definitely be leading to pattern part 2, which is to knit the front of the pattern – It looks quite similar to the first pattern download. Try right-clicking on the download button and selecting ‘Save link as…’ This will save the pattern as a PDF on your computer, which you can then find and print.
      Hope this helps!

      Jenni

      • RJ Smith says:

        My fault. I saw the first page, which is the same as Part 1, then skipped down and saw the chart, and assumed (you KNOW what that means!) that is was still Part 1. I have Part 2 now. Thanks!!

  5. Jenny L-P says:

    HELP – cannot download part 2 of the pattern. have tried several times and after waiting for 15 mins. still get a blank screen. also nothing in downloads in my computer file. Is there something wrong or am I just stupid? Had no problem with part 1 of this pattern. Can you help?

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Hmm this sounds strange, have you tried right-clicking on the download button and selecting ‘Save link as…’? This will save the pattern as a PDF on your computer, which you can then find and print. Otherwise try opening it with a new browser (for example, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox). Let me know if this helps and if you are still experiencing problems.

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  6. Sharon Foltz says:

    Regarding Jenny P’s comment, she may have a problem with Adobe. Sometimes mine will not let me see or download something. If I go back and try it another two or three times I can usually get it. Just a thought. I use IE, by the way. And, thanks for a darling pattern. I hope to start on it this week for a friends little boy.

    • Jenni says:

      Thanks for your advice Sharon! I hope you get started soon, make sure to share your progress when you do!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  7. Christine Dowie says:

    Help!! I also cannot download Part 2 of pattern, When I download I get part 1. Have tried all suggestions above!!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Christine,

      Part 2 does look very similar to part 1, double check on the first page that it doesn’t say ‘Part 2’ on the left under the Knit-A-Long logo, as the download button above should definitely lead you to the new pattern. Otherwise I would suggest that when you save it you save as a new name and then opening on your computer.
      Let me know if this works!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  8. Sharon says:

    I am almost done with part one and find that the snowflakes do not look as well in the fuzzy type Yarn I finally decided on. ( Sky Blue with Fuzzy White) I think the snowflake section I have a tighter tension from making sure I carried alon every three stitches as suggest. (First time I have tried this type of stitching. Suggestions? Should I use a larger needle for this? Can post image later.

    • Carole says:

      Hi Sharon, I also tend to have a tighter tension, so I carry the yarn over two stitches instead of three. I tend not to pull as tight that way. Hope this helps!

  9. Cheryl Lee says:

    I have two grandchildren born this year and this is their first Christmas, so decided to knit them each the jumper – which I believe they will wear throughout the year also. Panicking a little in aiming to do two so they can wear before Christmas, I have enlisted my sister to do one. This now means we are also competing with each other so keeps our progress up there. Just thinking we may supercede the pattern though..is the next sleeves pattern available if needed?

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Cheryl,

      Lovely idea, the goal will make sure you get it done quickly! The next part of the pattern will be available next Thursday, but we have made sure that the finished result will be ready in time for Christmas so no need to worry.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  10. Sandra Jones says:

    Did not get an email this week for part two. Have found where I can download but would like to make sure I’m on you email listing. Thank you!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Sorry about that! I have checked your email address in our system and you should have received an email from us. I suggest checking your spam/junk folder to see if it got lost in there. Let me know if it is there, otherwise I will look into the issue further.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  11. Jill says:

    @ Cheryl Lee

    Snap! One will be 3 months and one 6 months at Christmas. So red and white for my granddaughter and mid-blue and white for my grandson, both backs knitted so far without too much trouble. Let’s see how I get on with those cables!

  12. Cheryl says:

    Just wonder why the back seems rather long for a baby sweater

  13. Carole says:

    Oops! I already posted this, but on the part 1 blog!! Didn’t know/realize each part would have it own, separate blog. Anyway here’s my front piece.

    • Sian says:

      Love your colours…looking fab!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Carole,

      Your a speedy knitter! Well done, this looks lovely. Yes your right, every part of the pattern will have a new blog post, so you can upload each part in it’s own area.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  14. Carole says:

    And here’s a picture of the back. I like to carry the yarn every 2 stitches. Works better for my tension. Really like the way the cabling looks! (On the right side, not the back side, lol)

  15. Victoria Klinedinst says:

    Am glad I didn’t start this yet. The baby I am making this for is my 11th great grandchild, she was born today. If I want her to wear this around Christmas I am not sure what size to make, she weighted in at 9 lbs., none of my babies (6) were near this big at birth all weighing under 7lbs.
    I’m thinking maybe I should go with the 3-6 month size. I want to get her a pair of white tights and make her some red booties as well.

  16. Elizabeth Thomas says:

    I, too, am knitting for my grandson, who will be 4 months at Christmas. I am doing the pattern in the original colours and it looks fabulous. I was so eager to get this week’s pattern… I finished the back the day I got the pattern we will see how long the front takes. Can’t wait. Thank you Jenni. It’s a beautiful pattern. I want an adult one!!!!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      That’s lovely! So glad you are happy with the pattern, it’s great to hear your comments. Wow, well done! Let’s hope you get this part done as quickly. We will keep in mind an adult version for future knit-a-longs 😉

      All the best,
      Jenni

    • That’s great-I’m thrilled things are going so well-designing an adult one wouldn’t be difficult. I look forward to seeing your photos

  17. Jenny L-P says:

    Hi Jenni – and HOORAY – I have managed to download pattern with no difficulty this morning so am set to spend the afternoon knitting instead of sweeping up leaves from the garden!

    Suspect the problem lay with the browser which gets a bit overworked at certain times of the day here in the remote but lovely Channel Islands.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Oh brilliant, glad to hear it! Enjoy the knitting – much better than sweeping leaves!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  18. MaryB says:

    Carole, your sweater looks gorgeous and the green and white colours are lovely.

    Congratulations on the arrival of your new family member Victoria and best wishes to the new mum too.

  19. Molly says:

    Hello
    I really like the pattern so far but there seems to be an error at the neck. I am knitting the 2nd size and after casting off the 9 stitches at the centre plus 2stX1 and 1stitchX2 I am left with 16 stitches and not 15 as stated in the pattern. The question is do I cast off 2st x 2 or 1st x3?

    Thank you

  20. Donna says:

    Hi all, I’m new to this knitting lark and I’m also having probs with me pc which isn’t helping.
    I’ve printed out Part 2 but the decrease instructions for the neck is showing as 2st x 1 on 1 line and the rest on a 2nd line.
    Is it supposed to be decreased over 2 alternate rows or are all the decreases done together? Please help ladies and many thanks in advance.
    FYI this is my 1st KAL, 1st sweater and 1st time following a chart! Don’t do things by halfs around here 🙂 Also nobody to knit it for so I’ll be giving it to charity next winter – Spring here 🙂

    • Faith says:

      Hi Donna,

      I’m so impressed that you’ve jumped in with both feet with the chart! I hope you’ve learned lots and been having fun! We’ll be posting a revised version of the pattern first thing in the morning (GMT). This should clear up your question about the neckline.

      Thank you very much for your patience. I know you just want to get knitting, but we want to make sure it’s exactly correct this time!

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  21. Sandra Jones says:

    HELP! I’m creating the neckline on the front. Doing the 3-6 mos. pattern which tells me to knit 15, purl 5, then bind off 11 sts. This puts the neckline off center and as I read I don’t see where it will make up the difference on the left side of the sweater. Binding off 11 puts me into the purl sts, then binding off 2 more once on alternate rows and 1 more twice on alternate rows take me into the stockinette area of the right side of the sweater. However on the left side I read that I would only be binding off 4 sts total making the neckline off center. Am I reading something wrong? Please help.

  22. Molly says:

    Hello
    Casting off 10 stitches won’t work. I solved it by casting off 2 at neck edge on 1st row and 1 at neck edge of next 3 rows.
    I hope this helps

  23. MaryB says:

    Question for Jenni

    Whilst waiting for the revised pattern, I thought I’d study the reverse side of Jenni’s knitting which is so neat! You seem to twist the yarn one way and then the other – am I right here? And I can almost see the actual pattern on the stranding too. How have you done that – it’s lovely.

    Hope the pattern is soon available — good luck with the checking.

  24. Claudie Henault says:

    This pattern looks sooo nice and I would love to knit it for my grandson who will 9 months at Xmas. I hope it will available again very soon .

  25. Molly says:

    Hello
    For the 2nd size you start off with 49 stitches so casting off 10 will leave 19 stitches on one side of the neck and 20 on the other. You could perhaps get away with that if it was just plain but since there is a pattern it will look a wee bit lopsided

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Molly,
      You are completely right! You need to cast off 9 stitches and this will get you back on track, the updated version of the pattern is now available above.

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  26. Kerry says:

    Here is the front complete. I have muddled through the neckline and hope I have done it correctly.
    I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s effort and what a great way to share our love of knitting

    • Faith says:

      Wow! Well done Kerry – it looks great, and your stitches are so neat 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  27. Jody Wyles says:

    I have missed the first part of the pattern, I’d love to knit this jumper for a toddler I know. Is it still possible to join in?

  28. Elizabeth Marie Adams says:

    I hope the revised second part of the pattern is uploaded soon. I didn’t get a chance to download the original before it was removed.

    • Faith says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      The revised version will be posted first thing tomorrow morning. We’re very sorry about this – we just want to make sure it’s exactly correct this time! I hope you understand.

      Thanks for your patience.

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  29. kim says:

    just started on the 5th row of the pattern making size 12mo. today I notice the pattern is pulled scared to continue until it is reposted

  30. kim says:

    love the pattern I hope when it loads on Monday the will print out the chart. sorry no good with knitting from a chart trying my best

  31. kim says:

    if you are fixing mistakes on the pattern for the 12mo size it state to cast on 59 however the snow flake pattern cause for 60 stitches

    • Faith says:

      Hello Kim,

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve just checked the snowflake chart and it does in fact have 59 stitches for the 12 – 18 months. Try zooming in on your computer so you can see the numbers clearly, or ensure that you’re printing the chart on a landscape setting. If you have any more questions, just ask!

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  32. When is part 2 of the red Christmas knit a long pattern going to be available

  33. Jason Whisnant says:

    On the largest size, I may have found an issue. If you cast off the center 9 stitches, it leaves 25 stitches on each side. Casting off 2 stitches once and then 1 stitch 3 times leaves 20 stitches, not 18 as called for. Given the size of my grandson’s head, I may do this as:

    Cast off the following on neck edge every alternate row.
    2sts X 2
    1 st X 2 (2:3:3) times

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jason,

      Your completely right, and that is a good way of solving it. However, if your grandson’s head is small, leave it at 20 and if you’d like a bigger neck hole then you can change to 4 x.

      Hope this helps!
      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

    • Elaine says:

      To get the right number of stitches each side I cast off 2 stitches before the 9 and 2 after the 9. My cable didn’t come out the same as the picture, but I’m happy with it, it looks neat and it looks good, so I’m just going to run with it. Picture below:

      • Jenni says:

        Looks lovely Elaine! A beautiful colour too. The honeycomb cable looks so lovely and neat!

        All the best,
        Jenni

  34. joan schmidt says:

    HELP! I have begun and ripped out the front pattern twice now and once I was almost completed it. Has anyone else had any problems and or issues with the front snow flake pattern? I did the back without any issues but the wrong has not come close to looking like the back. I’ve ripped it out again and will try once more. I do not want to get so frustrated I toss the project out. Please help with this? I’m sure its probably me, but then why did the back go well?

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Joan,

      So sorry that you have had to rip the pattern out, it is our fault completely. Over the weekend we left an update that the pattern needed changing, as you are completely right there was a slight issue – the chart section for the snowflake is fine, the problem was with the neckline that left the front side off center. The pattern has now been updated and you can download it through the button above.

      Hope this helps you to knit it now.
      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  35. SUSAN EMERY says:

    I have completed the front and cannot wait for the sleeves, the pattern was a bit of a problem especially for a new knitter.

    • Congratulations Susan- I think you have done brilliantly as a new knitter to have conquered cable work and fair isle. Everything else should be really straightforward now-let us know how you get along

      Monica-designer

  36. joan schmidt says:

    Jeni, I haven’t gotten to that part yet, the problem is in the pattern. Must be me then sigh

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Joan,

      You’re having trouble with the stranding part of the pattern, in the chart? Which size are you working on?

      All the best,
      Jenni

  37. Pam says:

    I was so happy to receive the revised part 2 of the pattern so I could continue my (2) sweaters (0-3 and 12-18). But now that I’m at the c/o at the neck I’m confused. I’m probably not reading the instructions correctly but could use some clarification. After the initial neck c/o of 9 stitches do I complete the row and the following row (wrong side) “in pattern” before continuing the 2 stitch c/o on the next right side row? Then do I also continue “in pattern” until the remainder of the c/o stitches are complete before I continue in ST st? For some reason the remaining stitches I have to c/o on the last shoulder row isn’t correct. PLEASE HELP! Thank you…..love the sweater:-)!!!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Pam,

      The cable pattern stops when you cast off for the front and the remainder is completed in stocking stitch. All the cast offs are completed at the neck edge.
      After the first cast off you knit to the end of the row and then turn and purl, then cast off on neck edge.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  38. Donna says:

    I can’t find my original question here so I am asking again. Please explain the neckline shaping. I don’t understand cast o0 (cast off?).
    Also I don’t understand what is meant by
    2 sts x 1
    1st x 2 (2:3:3) times

  39. Donna S. says:

    Can you please answer my question so I can finish the back. There’s another Donna and you may have thought you answered my questions but I’m still in the dark. I’d appreciate a brief explanation so that I can understand what I’m supposed to do. Thanks. From now on I’ll identify myself as Donna S.

    I can’t find my original question here so I am asking again. Please explain the neckline shaping. I don’t understand cast o0 (cast off?).
    Also I don’t understand what is meant by
    2 sts x 1
    1st x 2 (2:3:3) times

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Donna,

      I have found your comment, so sorry for not responding to you earlier – I am not available on the weekend to answer questions, which is why I have responded to you a bit later than expected. From your last comment, I see that the other Donna has helped you in working it out. I apologise that the pattern was not clear enough. In case you haven’t seen my previous comment,you can widen the neckline when it comes to making up (this Thursday) as you can leave a bigger gap between the button hole and making up. I will show you what I mean on Thursday when we post the pattern 🙂

      Hope this helps and apologies again for not getting back to you sooner!

      All the best,

      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  40. Lin says:

    So far, so good. I am making the size 3-6 month for our newest Grand daughter Delaney! I knitted the body of the sweater in the round and then divided it up after the 4 rows of garter stitch. I just worked the row where you are told to bind off the neck edge, but may take it out and place those sts. on a holder. I will keep you up to date with my project! Is the hat included with this knit a long?
    Thanks!

    • Jenni says:

      Looks great Lin! Well done and that’s a good idea! Yes, the hat will be available in this KAL very soon.

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  41. Kari says:

    I so hope that these comments will be kept with the pattern on the website as they are enormously helpful to someone who might choose to knit the project at another time other than now. If they are not available it could be impossible to complete the project which would be a shame for someone to have invested in the yarn to start with and then not be able to finish the sweater outfit.
    Thank you
    Kari

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Kari,

      You’re right! The comments and discussions is what makes a K-A-L so helpful and interesting. Both the blog posts and the comments will stay here on our blog for the foreseeable future. We will also publish a full copy of the pattern at the end for those who might like to knit it later. Have you just started the jumper yourself or have you been knitting all along?

      All the best,
      Jenni

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