Rebirth Pullover - Free Pattern March 21, 2022 20:37

The Rebirth Pullover is a beautiful leafy-lace top, worked seamlessly from the bottom up. There is a symbolic aspect to this pattern, intended to guide the one creating it through a rebirth process of unifying with their authentic self

There is an option for long or short sleeves. The sleeves and body are worked separately. Stitches are held for the underarms and the sleeve and body stitches are joined and worked together for the yoke. Stitches are decreased during the yoke. The held underarm stitches are joined using the three-needle bind-off technique.

About the Symbolic Nature of this Pattern
This pattern has been written to include a symbolic story (included in the PDF only) to encourage self awareness by using this project as a tool/mirror for self reflection. The symbolism of the body is about getting to know yourself as you are. The sleeves represent aspects of yourself that you're unaware of or separate from—the things you want to include in your life, as well as that which has kept itself hidden and separate from your conscious awareness. The yoke represents the unification of that which you know yourself to be with that which you have kept separate from yourself. The yoke is about your unification with the authentic version of yourself, by accepting yourself as the whole of who you are.

There is a summary of this symbolism and how to use it at the end of the pattern PDF. You're invited to watch the free KAL recordings for more information on how to use the symbolism associated with this pattern.

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Skill Level
Intermediate

Finished Measurements
Bust Circumference: 35¾ (38½, 41¼, 44, 46¾, 49½, 52¼, 55 / 57¾, 60½, 63¼, 66, 68¾, 71½, 74¼)" / 91 (98, 105, 112, 119, 126, 133, 140 / 147, 154, 161, 168, 175, 182, 189) cm
Size Shown: 41.25" / 105 cm
Ease: 1–3" (2.5–7.5 cm) positive ease

Yarn
Dk/Worsted weight: Choose a yarn that suggests it will meet 20–24 stitches over 4" / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch.
Short-Sleeves: approx 700 (770, 825, 885, 950, 1010, 1080, 1150 / 1220, 1290, 1360, 1430, 1510, 1580, 1665) yards / 650 (700, 750, 810, 870, 925, 990, 1050 / 1115, 1175, 1250, 1310, 1380, 1450, 1520) meters
Long Sleeves: approx 1045 (1115, 1190, 1260, 1340, 1420, 1490, 1580 / 1660, 1740, 1820, 1910, 2000, 2080, 2170) yards / 960 (1020, 1090, 1150, 1220, 1300, 1370, 1440 / 1520, 1590, 1670, 1750, 1830, 1900, 1990) meters

Shown in: Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton Skinny (100% certified organic cotton; 150 yards [137 meters]/65 grams):
Short-Sleeves: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8 / 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12) hanks
Long Sleeves: 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11 /
12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15) hanks
Color Shown: #30 Birch (undyed)


Knitting Needles
US size 3 / 3.25 mm: 16" / 40 cm circular;
US size 4 / 3.5 mm: 32" / 80 cm circular and set of 4 or 5 double pointed needles (dpns);
US size 6 / 4 mm: 32" / 80 cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions
4 stitch markers (BOR and 3 others for the raglan); stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle; scissors

Gauge
1 st patt rep (14 sts) = 2¾" / 7 cm; 2 row patt rep (32 rnds) = 4¼" / 11 cm of Body Leaf Pattern using largest needle, after blocking. Take time to save time, check your gauge. 

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Recordings for Zoom 2 and 3 are below, in the Pattern Stitches with the Leaf Pattern.

Body

With middle-size (US 4/3.5 mm) circular needle, use the long-tail method to CO 182 (196, 210, 224, 238, 252, 266, 280 / 294, 308, 322, 336, 350, 364, 378) sts. Do not join.


Turn.

Knit 1 RS row.

Place a marker (pm) for beg of rnd (BOR), and now join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

[Purl 1 rnd. Knit 1 rnd.] 2 times

Change to largest (US 6/4 mm) circular needle.

Work Rnds 1– 16 of Body Leaf Patt 5 times, then Rnds 1–7 once more, or until until desired length to underarm, ending after Rnd 7.



DIVIDE BODY FOR UNDERARM
Next Rnd: K1, slip the last 11 sts to st holder for underarm, work 98 (98, 112, 112, 126, 126, 140, 140 / 154, 154, 168, 168, 182, 182, 196) sts for Front, place the last 11 sts worked onto a st holder for underarm, work to end for Back—87 (87, 101, 101, 115, 115, 129, 129 / 143, 143, 157, 157, 171, 171, 185) sts rem for Front and 73 (87, 87, 101, 101, 115, 115, 129 / 129, 143, 143, 157, 157, 171, 171) sts rem for Back.

Keep sts on needle and yarn attached. Set aside.

Select to make Short or Long Sleeves.

 

Short Sleeves (make 2)

With US 4/3.5 mm dpns, CO 68 (70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 84, 86 / 90, 92, 96, 98, 102, 104, 108) sts. Pm for BOR and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist the sts.

Est Ribbing: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Work in K1, P1 Ribbing as est for 2" / 5 cm. Break yarn.

DIVIDE SLEEVE FOR UNDERARM
Place the last 5 sts and the first 6 sts of the rnd onto a st holder or waste yarn for underarm. Place rem 57 (59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 73, 75 / 79, 81, 85, 87, 91, 93, 97) sts onto a separate st holder or waste yarn for the first sleeve.
Keep sts on the needles for the second sleeve.

Long Sleeves (make 2)

With US 4/3.5 mm dpns, CO 44 (46, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52, 54 / 54, 56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60) sts. Pm for BOR and join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist the sts.

Est Ribbing: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Work in K1, P1 Ribbing as est for 1½" / 4 cm.

SHAPE LONG SLEEVE
Inc Rnd: K1, m1 or m1p (see sidebar) keeping in patt, work as est to end, m1 or m1p keeping in patt—2 sts inc'd.
Work 9 (9, 9, 9, 7, 7, 7, 7 / 7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) rnds even.
Rep the last 10 (10, 10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8 / 8, 8, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) rnds 7 (7, 7, 7, 13, 13, 7, 7 / 1, 1, 15, 15, 11, 11, 7) more times, working increases into K1, P1 Ribbing as they appear—60 (62, 64, 66, 78, 80, 68, 70 / 58, 60, 88, 90, 82, 84, 76) sts.

[Work Inc Rnd, then 7 (7, 7, 7, 0, 0, 5, 5 / 5, 5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) rnds even] 4 (4, 4, 4, 0, 0, 8, 8 / 16, 16, 4, 4, 10, 10, 16) times—68 (70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 84, 86 / 90, 92, 96, 98, 102, 104, 108) sts.

Cont working in K1, P1 Ribbing as est until piece meas 18" / 46 cm from beg.


DIVIDE SLEEVE FOR UNDERARM
Place the last 5 sts and the first 6 sts of the rnd onto a st holder or waste yarn for underarm. Place rem 57 (59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 73, 75 / 79, 81, 85, 87, 91, 93, 97) sts onto a separate st holder or waste yarn for the first sleeve.
Keep sts on the needles for the second sleeve.

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Yoke

Cont working with yarn attached to the body but change to middle-size (US 4/3.5 mm) circular needle.

Joining Rnd: Pm for BOR, using the yarn attached to the body (back) work sts from one sleeve in K1, P1 Ribbing as est, pm, work Rnd 1 of Yoke Leaf Patt (see Page 5) to end of Front, pm, work sts from the second sleeve in K1, P1 Ribbing as est, pm, work Rnd 1 of Yoke Leaf Patt to end of Back.

274 (292, 310, 328, 350, 368, 390, 408 / 430, 448, 470, 488, 510, 528, 550)  sts;
57 (59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 73, 75 / 79, 81, 85, 87, 91, 93, 97) sts each Sleeve,
87 (87, 101, 101, 115, 115, 129, 129 / 143, 143, 157, 157, 171, 171, 185) sts for Front
73 (87, 87, 101, 101, 115, 115, 129 / 129, 143, 143, 157, 157, 171, 171) sts for Back.


SHAPE RAGLAN
During this shaping, sts are decreased at each edge of the sleeve sts only.

Next Rnd: Work even as est.
Dec Rnd: *K3tog, work in K1, P1 Ribbing as est to last 3 sleeve sts, sssk, sl m, work in Yoke Leaf Patt to next m; rep from * once more—8 sts dec’d.
Rep the last 2 rnds 2 more times.

250 (268, 286, 304, 326, 344, 366, 384 / 406, 424, 446, 464, 486, 504, 526) sts;
45 (47, 49, 51, 55, 57, 61, 63 / 67, 69, 73, 75, 79, 81, 85) sts each sleeve,
Front and Back st count has not changed.

Cont working even in Yoke Leaf Patt until Rnd 16 is completed.
Rep Rnds 1–16 another 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 / 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) more times, then work Rnds 17–25.

140 (148, 156, 164, 176, 184, 196, 204 / 216, 224, 236, 244, 256, 264, 276)  sts;
45 (47, 49, 51, 55, 57, 61, 63 / 67, 69, 73, 75, 79, 81, 85) sts each Sleeve,
27 (27, 31, 31, 35, 35, 39, 39 / 43, 43, 47, 47, 51, 51, 55) sts for Front
23 (27, 27, 31, 31, 35, 35, 39 / 39, 43, 43, 47, 47, 51, 51) sts for Back.

Keep markers in place. They will be used again for the short-rows after the ribbing.

Now’s a good time to slip all the stitches onto a long piece of waste yarn and slip it on over your head to see how it feels. If the yoke is tight around your chest, that squeezing may be telling you that you need to go through the last part of the process again. Rip back to Round 16, then add another
repeat of Rounds 1–16 before working Rounds 17–26.
Try it on again to see if it’s more comfortable before continuing.



Cont working in K1, P1 Ribbing in patt as est (knitting the knit sts and purling the purl sts as they appear) for 1¼ (1½, 1¾, 2, 2¼, 2½, 2¾, 1 / 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 2, 2¼, 2½, 2¾)" / 3 (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 7, 2.5 / 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5, 7) cm.

SHORT ROWS
Short-Row 1 (RS): Work in K1, P1 Ribbing as est to first m, sl m, p1, wrap and turn. (Each RS wrap should be around a knit st.)
Short-Row 2 (WS): K1, sl m, work in K1, P1 Ribbing as est past 3 more markers, k1, wrap and turn. (Each WS wrap should be around a purl st.)

Remove all markers except BOR marker.

Short-Row 3 (RS): Work as est to 10 sts before wrap from previous RS row, wrap and turn.
Short-Row 4 (WS): Work as est to 10 sts before wrap from previous WS row,
wrap and turn.
Rep the last 2 short-rows 2 more times.

Next Row (RS): Work as est to end of rnd.
The K1, P1 Ribbing is now complete. Cont working all sts in Stockinette Stitch.


SHAPE YOKE
On the following rnd, knit wrapped sts togther with their wraps as they appear and also work Dec Rnd 1 for your size:

Sizes 35¾ (38½, -, 44, 46¾, 49½, 52¼, - / 57¾, 60½, 63¼, 66, 68¾, -, -)"
91 (98, -, 112, 119, 126, 133, - / 147, 154, 161, 168, 175, -, -) cm only:
Dec Rnd 1: K3, k2tog, *k4, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 (5, -, 3, 3, 5, 5, - / 1, 3, 3, 5, 5, -, -) sts, knit to end—117 (124, -, 137, 147, 154, 164, - / 180, 187, 197, 204, 214, -, -) sts rem.

Sizes - (-, 41¼, -, -, -, -, 55 / -, -, -, -, -, 71½, 74¼)"
- (-, 105, -, -, -, -, 140 / -, -, -, -, -, 182, 189) cm only:
Dec Rnd 1: *K1, k2tog, k3; rep from * to end— - (-, 130, -, -, -, -, 170 / -, -, -, -, -, 220, 230) sts rem.

All Sizes:
Knit 7 rnds.

Dec Rnd 2: K4 (6, 4, 5, 3, 8, 5, 0 / 1, 2, 3, 3, 1, 1, 2), k2tog, *k10 (8, 8, 7, 5, 6, 6, 6 / 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5), k2tog; rep from * to last 3 (6, 4, 4, 2, 8, 5, 0 / 1, 1, 3, 3, 1, 0, 2) sts, knit to end—107 (112, 117, 122, 126, 136, 144, 148 / 157, 160, 169, 175, 183, 188, 197) sts rem.

Change to smallest (US 3/3.25 mm) circular needle.
Purl 1 rnd.
Knit 1 rnd.
BO all sts purlwise.

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Finishing

Join Underarms: Place 11 held sts from each underarm onto dpns, pick up 1 st at each end of each dpn so there are 13 sts on each needle. With the RS's facing togther, use Three-Needle BO to join them together.

Block piece to measurements.
Weave in ends.

Pattern Stitches

BODY LEAF PATTERN

Video tutorials and about the symbolism of the Leaf Pattern are below.
(multiple of 14 sts)
Rnd 1: *P2, k3, s2kp, k3, p2, yo, k1, yo; rep from *.
Rnd 2: *P2, k7, p2, k3; rep from *.
Rnd 3: *P2, k2, s2kp, k2, p2, k1, [yo, k1] 2 times; rep from *.
Rnd 4: *P2, k5; rep from *.
Rnd 5: *P2, k1, s2kp, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2; rep from *.
Rnd 6: *P2, k3, p2, k7; rep from *.
Rnd 7: *P2, s2kp, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3; rep from *.
Rnd 8: *P2, k1, p2, k9; rep from *.
Rnd 9: *P2, yo, k1, yo, p2, k3, s2kp, k3; rep from *.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 6.
Rnd 11: *P2, [k1, yo] 2 times, k1, p2, k2, s2kp, k2; rep from *.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 13: *P2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k1, s2kp, k1; rep from *.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 15: *P2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, s2kp; rep from *.
Rnd 16: *P2, k9, p2, k1; rep from *.
Rep Rnds 1– 16 for patt.


YOKE LEAF PATTERN
(multiple of 14 sts + 3)
Rnd 1: P1, *k1, yo, p2, k3, s2kp, k3, p2, yo; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 2: P1, *k2, p2, k7, p2, k1; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 3: P1, *k1, yo, k1, p2, k2, s2kp, k2, p2, k1, yo; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 4: P1, *k3, p2, k5, p2, k2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 5: P1, *k1, yo, k2, p2, k1, s2kp, k1, p2, k2, yo; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 6: P1, *k4, [p2, k3] 2 times; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 7: P1, *k1, yo, k3, p2, s2kp, p2, k3, yo; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 8: P1, *k5, p2, k1, p2, k4; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 9: P1, k2tog, k3, p2, yo, k1, yo, p2, k3, *s2kp, k3, p2, yo, k1, yo, p2, k3; rep from * to 3 sts before m, ssk, p1.
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 6.
Rnd 11: P1, k2tog, k2, p2, [k1, yo] 2 times, k1, p2, k2, *s2kp, k2, p2, [k1, yo] 2 times, k1, p2, k2; rep from * to 3 sts before m, ssk, p1.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 4.
Rnd 13: P1, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k1, *s2kp, k1, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k1; rep from * to 3 sts before m, ssk, p1.
Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 15: P1, k2tog, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, *s2kp, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2; rep from * to 3 sts before m, ssk, p1.
Rnd 16: P1, *k1, p2, k9, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rep Rnds 1–16 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 / 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) more times.

Rnd 17 (dec): P1, *k1, p2, k3, s2kp, k3, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 18: P1, *k1, p2, k7, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 19 (dec): P1, *k1, p2, k2, s2kp, k2, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 20: P1, *k1, p2, k5, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 21 (dec): P1, *k1, p2, k1, s2kp, k1, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 22: P1, *k1, p2, k3, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 23 (dec): P1, *k1, p2, s2kp, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 24: P1, *k1, p2; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.
Rnd 25 (dec): P1, *k1, p1, s2kp, p1; rep from * to 2 sts before m, k1, p1.

SHORT-ROWS
Wrap and turn (RS): Wyib, slip next st purlwise onto right needle, bring yarn to front of work, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to back of work, then turn work.
Wrap and turn (WS): Wyif slip next st purlwise onto right needle, bring yarn to back of work, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to front of work, then turn work.
Knit Wrap with Stitch (RS): Pick up the wrap from the front with the right needle and knit together with the st it wraps.

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THREE NEEDLE BIND OFF METHOD
Slip the sts from holders onto each of 2 needles; with the RS of garment pieces together (to form ridge on inside of garment), hold the needles parallel. With a third needle knit the first st of front and back needles together, *knit next st from each needle together, (2 sts on right needle), BO 1 st; rep from * until all sts are BO.

Abbreviations

approx: approximately
beg: begin(ning)
BO: bind off
BOR: beginning of round
CO: cast on
cont: continue
dec(d): decrease(d)
dpn(s): double pointed needle(s)
est: establish(ed)
inc(d): increase(d)
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 sts together (1 st dec'd)
k3tog: knit 3 sts together (2 sts dec'd)
m: marker
m1: (make 1) insert left needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the front to the back, knit through the back loop (1 st increased)
m1p: (make 1 purlwise) insert left needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the back to the front, purl through the back loop (1 st increased)
meas: measure(s)
p: purl
patt: pattern
pm: place marker
rem: remain(ing)
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
s2kp: (slip 2, knit, pass) slip 2 sts together knitwise to the right needle, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st (2 sts dec'd)
sl: slip
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 2 sts, 1 at a time, knitwise to the right needle; insert tip of left needle into the fronts of the two slipped sts and use the right needle to knit them together through the back loops (1 st dec'd)
sssk: (slip, slip, slip knit) slip 3 sts, 1 at a time, knitwise to the right needle; insert tip of left needle into the fronts of the three slipped sts and use the right needle to knit them together through the back loops (2 sts dec'd)
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front
yo: yarn over