Today I present you a mohair sweater for women that will brighten and give color to the most greyer days of winter.
Although I usually knit baby or child clothes, it seems like I’m entering a self-centred stage, when it comes to knitting, because lately, I’ve been very busy knitting for myself. 🤗
The Candy Cloud Mohair Sweater is knitted flat ( back and forth rows) using straight needles, and it is suitable for all knitting levels.
We will start knitting the back part of the sweater, knitting the front part afterwards and sewing them together from one of the shoulders to form the neck in rib stitch.
Once the neck is formed, we will pick up stitches from the sides to knit the sleeves. We will finish our knitted sweater by folding it from the shoulders and sewing under the sleeves and sides to give it it’s final shape.
Materials to knit the CANDY CLOUD SWEATER
- 5 skeins of 50gr. of Gloss Mohair from ShadesBlue Steel, Romantic Blue, Candy Pink, Stone Beige, and Snow White. If you decide to knit your Mohair sweater in just one color, you will only need 4 skeins
- 5 mm straight knitting needles
- Tapestry needle
The Knitive yarn balls, with which this project is done are no longer for sale. In this new section, I offer you some alternatives. In all cases, it is very important that you check your gauge (18 stitches x 23 rows in stockinette stitch) and adjust the thickness of the needles until you get it or use the size that best suits your sample.
Casasol Mohair: has the same composition and yardage, although the color chart changes a bit and you may have to make a different color combination.
Isager Silk Mohair: Use shades 44, 67, 62, 6 and E0. Note that it comes in 25 gr balls, so you will need more balls.
Drops Kid Silk: Using the combination 39-storm blue, 37-north sea, 31-mauve, 12-beige and 01, off-white.
Katia Mohair Cotton. It is a cotton blend, so you will not have to knit the mohair double-stranded, but knit the yarn as it comes. Shades 83 – Sapphire Blue, 84 – Turquoise, 75 – Dark Pink, 77 – Stone Grey and 70 – Ecru.
Many yarns can work. If you prefer double-stranded mohair, make sure it has a similar composition and yardage (50gr=430m).
If you prefer to work with a single mohair strand, either by combining two yarns, or using a yarn that already combines them, make sure you get the same gauge (18 stitches x 23 rows in stockinette stitch).
Knitting stitches and techniques
- Cast on
- Ribbing Stitch
- Stockinette Stitch
- Left-leaning decrease: Skp(sl)1 k1,psso: slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
- Right-leaning decrease: K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
- Bind off
- Pick up stitches
18 stitches x 23 rows in Stockinette Stitch
In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to knit the Mohair Candy Cloud Sweater in size M. This pattern is also available for S, L, and XL sizes.
To know which size fits you best, you only need to know your bust circumference and decide if you want it more fitted to your body or looser. In my case, for example, I should have gone for an S size due to my bust circumference. However, the sweater you see in the pictures is size M since I wanted the sweater to be wider.
Size S. Bust circumference between 82-90 cm. + positive ease of 15 cm (104 cm. bust circumference o finished garment)
Size M. Bust circumference between 90-98 cm. + positive ease of 15 cm (112 cm. bust circumference o finished garment)
Size L. Bust circumference between 98-105 cm. + positive ease of 15 cm (116 cm. bust circumference o finished garment)
Size XL. Bust circumference between 105-115 cm. + positive ease of 10 cm (120 cm. bust circumference o finished garment)
You will be able to knit your mohair sweater in size M following the instructions in this free online tutorial. However, you also have the possibility of purchasing the downloadable PDF pattern. In this pattern, you will find all the detailed explanations taking you through every row and each stitch, so you will not have to make any calculations, and you can go straight on to knitting 😉 You will also find the graphic guide: back, front and sleeves, so you can have a more visual reference for this project’s structure and the location of each stitch, decreases, etc…
This downloadable document combined with the online tutorial will ensure that you can tackle your project successfully.
If you have not decided yet on any specific size, you also have the option of purchasing all sizes for a unique price.
How to make the knitted CANDY CLOUD sweater for women
Before knit your mohair sweater, you will have to wind your skeins for them to be double-stranded.
When you have two skeins, the action of knitting with two strands is easier, you will only need to take the strand of both skeins and start knitting with both strands at the same time.
When you have to knit double-stranded and only have one skein, you will have to wind it previously taking the strand that it is in the centre of the skein and the outer strand. Once you have located both strands, you can start winding.
Here’s a link to a video about “How to wind a skein double stranded” so you can see the process:
Turn on English subtitles by clicking the CC icon at the bottom right corner of the video
Knit the front part of the handmade knitted sweater
With the blue color, cast on 98 stitches and knit 20 rows in 1×1 rib stitch. Afterwards, knit 8 more rows in stockinette stitch. You will have to knit the odd rows and purl the even rows.
Thereby, you will have knitted the first stripe of your handmade knitted sweater. Each stripe of the sweater, both front, back and sleeves, will have 28 rows.
Once you change to beige color, you will only have to knit two rows before forming the armhole of the knitted sweater.
Shape the armhole
To start giving shape to the armhole, you should decrease 1 stitch at each side in the odd rows (right side of the project).
I chose to do the decrease after/before two stitches at the edge of the project as it follows:
Knit 2 stitches, slip 1 stitch without knitting it, knit 1 stitch, and slip the slipped stitch onto the knitted stitch (left-leaning decrease), keep knitting until you have 4 stitches left, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 stitches.
Knit decreasing 2 stitches in the rows from the right side of the project (odd rows) until you have 88 stitches on your needles and knit those 88 stitches until completing the 28 rows from the beige stripe.
Change to white color and knit 8 rows. Here is when we start creating the neckline.
Create the neckline and shoulders
Knit 40 stitches, cast off 8 central stitches and knit until the end.
From now on, we will only work with those last 40 stitches that will form the right side of the neckline and shoulder, and we will do it the following way:
Rows 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20. Purl all stitches.
Row 11. Cast off 3 stitches, knit the remaining stitches.
Rows 13 and 15. Cast off 3 stitches, knit the remaining stitches.
Rows 17, 19, 21. Cast off 1 stitch, knit the remaining stitches.
When you have 30 stitches left on your needles, you must bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of each even row (left side of the project) and 1 stitch at the beginning of each odd row (right side of the project) until you have 7 stitches left. Cast off all stitches.
Pick up the stitches you had on hold and knit the other side of the neck. You only need to consider that in this side, to be mirror-effect, you must knit it the other way around, starting with casting off the stitches of the neckline on the even rows and the stitches for the shoulders on the odd rows.
Remember that if you find it easier to knit with all the instructions for each row and every stitch, you can acquire your pdf pattern in the tutorial’s size for only 2.99€. In this pattern, apart from the detailed rows with the number of stitches for each row, you will also find a diagram of the garment to see it more visually and take notes while you knit.
Knit the back of the CANDY CLOUD knitted sweater for women
We will knit the back part of the women sweater the same way we have knitted the front part without the neckline. Do not also forget to create the shape for the shoulders!
Knit the collar
Once we have the front and back pieces already finished, you must sew one of the shoulders together.
Pick up the stitches for the neck and knit 14 rows in rib stitch 1×1.
Once it is knitted, sew the neck to its base and finish sewing the other shoulder.
Knit the sleeves
With the beige strand, pick up 78 stitches for one of the sleeves and knit 28 rows in stockinette stitch.
Change to the pink strand and knit other 28 rows. Change to mint and knit 2 rows before starting with the decreases to give shape to the sleeve.
You must bind off 1 stitch at the beginning of each row (odd and even rows) until you have a total of 58 stitches on your needles.
At this moment, we are going to adjust the cuff to our wrist, knitting one row with decreases as it follows: knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together, knit 3 stitches* knit from * to * until the end, finishing with knitting 2 stitches together. You will have 46 stitches.
Once you have obtained those 46 stitches, knit in rib stitch 1×1 with the mint strand until you complete the stripe’s 28 rows, change to blue color, and knit 27 rows in rib stitch. In row 28, cast off all the stitches with an elastic bind off.
When you cut the strand, make sure to leave it long enough to use it when sewing the sleeves and sides.
Pick up the stitches for the other sleeve and knit it the same way.
Sew the sides and under the sleeves.
To finish your project, fold your garment from the shoulders and with the strand you cut when finishing the cuffs, sew under the sleeves and join together the sides.
When you get to where the rib stitch starts, you should stop sewing, this way you will create the side openings.
If you still do not own a knitted mohair sweater, I am sorry to say that you need it!. It is warm but without overheating and light as a feather, plus, it has that elegant touch without renouncing to comfiness, can you ask for more?
I hope you like it, and you give it a go to knit your own Candy Cloud Sweater, and of course, if you enjoyed this tutorial and it has inspired you, let me know in a comment down below, I love reading your opinion!.
If you like, you can share your project in social media with the hashtag #candycloudsweater and #creativaatelier, so all of us can see your creation. I am sure that we can create more ideas between all of us to customize this basic sweater and give it our unique touch.
A big hug!
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