Knitting In the Round – Free Pattern for Miniature Jumpers

Free pattern for Miniature Jumpers using Knitting in the Round

Introduction

Make a pair of miniature jumpers using the knitting in the round technique.  Knitting in the round gives a lovely neat finish with no seams – just perfect for tiny sweaters.

Using sparkly wool makes them great for Christmas decorations.

See the full pattern below.

This is a lovely way to use up spare/bargain buy wool.

Knitting in the Round Pair of miniature jumper Christmas ornaments knitted in the round

If you have never tried knitting 'in the round" now is your chance!

What You Will Need

Christmas Tree Angels Knitting in the Round red sparkly wool
Red Sparkly Wool - Left over from a previous project
Knitting in the Round Stripy glittery wool
Bamboo knitting pins for knitting in the round
Knitting in the Round Row Counter
Knitting in the Round Tiny wire coat hanger

Heart Up-cycling!

Heart Upcycling Logo

I found the wool in a bargain bucket in a wool shop when I was travelling in Europe.  Two balls for 1 euro – a bargain indeed!  You only need a tiny amount of wool to make these jumpers, so it is a lovely way to use up yarn left over from other projects.  Sparkly wool often finds its way into charity shops too, so keep your eyes peeled! 

I used some hearts I was given by a friend to embellish one of my jumpers – nice to have found a good use for them.

 

Don’t forget to save your left over bits of wool – especially when you are using sparkly yarn.  Watch out for future textiles projects that will put these to good use!.

Heart Up-Cycling!

Applique heart embellishments Knitting in the Round
Knitting in the Round Save the scraps - Heart Up-Cycling!
Knitting in the Round - Save the scraps - Heart Up-Cycling!

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make a Miniature Jumper using the Knitting “in the round” Technique.

Time needed: An hour or so is all you need.

  1. Cast on 14 stitches.  
  2. You are starting at the neck and working your way up to the sleeves.  When you get to the sleeves, you transfer the stitches to a stitch holder and come back and finish them later on, after you have knitted the body of the jumper.
  3. Row 1 – Purl 1 row
  4. Distribute stitches across 4 needles – 3 (sleeve), 4 (front), 3 (sleeve), 4 (back)
  5. Make sure it is not twisted!
  6. Join into cast on stitch to work in the round, using a 5th needle
  7. Row 2 – Knit 1 row
  8. Row 3 – Increase first 4 stitches to 6 by:  K1, M1L (knit into front & back of stitch), K2, m1R (knit into front & back of stitch), K1
  9. Increase next 3 stitches to 5 by: K1, M1L, K1, M1R, K1
  10. Repeat with the remaining set of 4 and 3 stitches so you now have 22 stitches in total – 6,5,6,5
  11. Row 4 K1 row
  12. Row 5  Increase first 6 stitches to 8 by: K1, M1L, K4, M1R, K1
  13. Increase next 5 stitches to 7 by: K1, M1L, K3, M1R, K1
  14. Repeat with remaining set of 6 and 5 stitches so you now have 30 stitches in total – 8,7,8,7
  15. Rows 6 & 7 – Knit
  16. Row 8 -Increase first 8 stitches to 10 by: K1, M1L, K6, M1R, K1
  17. Increase next 7 stitches to 9 by: K1, M1L, K5, M1R, K1
  18. Repeat with remaining set of 8 and 7 stitches so you now have 38 stitches in total, 10, 9, 10, 9
  19. Rows 9 and 10 – Knit
  20. Move 10 stitches for front onto a spare needle, take 9 stitches for first sleeve onto a spare yarn/stitch saver, move 10 stitches for back onto a spare needle, take last remaining 9 stitches for second sleeve onto a spare yarn/stitch saver.
  21. Move front and back onto 4 needles – 5 stitches on each.
  22. Rows 11 – 19 – Put a marker in, so you can see where you started, and Knit 9 rows of 20 stitches each.
  23. Row 20 – Purl 1 row (to prevent curling).
  24. Cast Off.
  25. For sleeves:
  26. Pick up 3 stitches under the first sleeve armhole and then take off the 9 saved stitches, giving 12 in total.
  27. Transfer the stitches onto 3 needles – 4 stitches on each needle.
  28. Knit 10 rows.
  29. Purl 1 row (to prevent curling)
  30. Cast Off.
  31. Repeat for second sleeve.
  32. Sew in loose ends to neaten and trim off loose threads.

Tips and Tricks

It takes some practice to get a result you are satisfied.  I wasn’t happy until my third attempt.  Be patient – practice makes perfect!  It gets easier as you work through the pattern – the fiddle bits are at the beginning, but don’t let it put you off having a go!

I really like the feel of bamboo pins – much nicer than metal – but the choice is yours.

The row counter is a wonderful little tool.  Losing count of your rows is all too easy to do if you are multi-tasking and listening to radio/music/TV at the same time as knitting as I often do.  This nifty little row counter means perfect result every time – a very worthwhile investment for any knitter!

It is easy to lose track of where you are when you are knitting in the round.  Using a stitch marker can help – you know you’ve completed a row when you get back to it.  With a small project like this though, I find it best just to keep counting the stitches as you knit them.  It is a great way of keeping mindful.  It is quite hard to think about ANYTHING else when you are concentrating on counting and knitting at the same time.  Great therapy!

You can change the size of the needle if you like – you will just get a slightly larger or smaller jumper.   I started on 4.5mm and changed to 3.25 as I got used to making these.  The smaller the needle, the more fiddly it is – but the cuter the finished result!  If you haven’t got the needles already, it is worth buying a job lot in different sizes.  I found a very cheap set on Amazon and they worked fine.  You can use them for other projects then – and experiment with which needle size you like to work with best.

Another really useful to have in your knitting bag is a pack of cheap accessories.  Little plastic safety pins are great for holding the sleeve stitches on one side on this project while you knit the jumper.  

The large eyed plastic needles are really useful tool for sewing up as they thread easily and have blunt ends, so don’t catch on your yarn.  

A small pair of sharp scissors is a must have too for seating up all the loose ends you get left with.

Knitting in the Round Row Counter
Bamboo knitting pins for knitting in the round
Knitting in the Round Assorted double ended sized bamboo knitting pins
Knitting in the Round - Assorted double ended sized bamboo knitting pins
Knitting in the Round Knitting Accessories kit
Knitting the Round Accessories kit
Knitting in the Round Sharp scissors and plastic needle

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