Wool for Wonders aims for 5 000 items

Wynberg Girls’ Schools launched their Wool for Wonders campaign for the sixth year running and hope to collect more than 5 000 items. Wynberg Girls’ Junior School will be knitting blankets and the high school will be knitting jerseys. A unique jersey pattern, printed below, has been designed by the Wynberg Old Girls’ Union, in conjunction with Wynberg Girls’ schools, however, both schools encourage donations of any items so get those needles clicking.

The campaign is supported by Constantiaberg Bulletin, the Atlantic Sun’s sister newspaper.

Jersey with neckline option:

Wool – two balls of double knit

Needles – (old size) 8 or 4mm

This little jersey is knitted sideways starting at one sleeve cuff and knitted across to the other. It is a very easy pattern to adjust.

1 Start sleeve

Cast on 19 sts.

Knit 52 rows in garter stitch.

Cast on 33 sts for the side body seam.

Optional under arm shaping: on long sleeve

Knit twice into 2nd last stitch of row, on rows – 46, 48, 50 (22 sts on needle).

2 Basic body – back

On these 52 sts (55 with shaping) *Knit 10 rows stocking stitch with 6 sts garter stitch border on each end.

(At waist edge, the border can be omitted but then each first and last stitch at that end must be a plain stitch to ensure a neat edge).

Knit 12 rows garter stitch with 6 sts garter stitch border on each end.*

Repeat from * to * another two more times.

Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch, keeping 6 sts border in garter.

Cast off 33 sts at side seam.

Knit 52 rows in garter stitch.

Cast off.

If optional under arm shaping was used:

Remember to decrease the three extra stitches, after 33 sts are cast off, as follows:

Knit 2 rows.

3rd row – K2tog at under arm edge.

4th row – Knit.

5th row – as for 3rd row.

6th row – as for 4th row.

7th row – as for 3rd row.

Knit 45 rows.

Cast off.

3 Front (Choice of four different necklines)

* For straight / boat neck

Knit another piece the same as the back, to match.

* For square neck

Knit sleeve to match the back sleeve, in length.

Knit as for back from * to *.

Next row – Knit.

Next row – Cast off 6 sts at neck edge. Knit 6 sts in garter. Purl to end of row keeping 6 sts border at the end.

Knit 8 rows more in stocking stitch, keeping 6 sts border on each end.

Knit 12 rows in garter stitch keeping 6 sts border on each end.

Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch keeping 6 sts border on each end.

Next row – knit keeping border at each end.

Next row – Cast on 6 sts and knit to end of row.

Knit 10 more rows in garter stitch.

Knit 10 rows stocking stitch, keeping 6 sts border on each end.

Cast off 33 sts at side of body.

Knit second sleeve to match back sleeve.

Cast off.

* For half collar neckline

Knit sleeve to match the back sleeve, in length.

Knit as for back from * to *.

# Knit 10 rows stocking stitch, knitting 15 sts garter stitch border at neck edge. #

Knit 5 rows garter stitch.

6th row – Cast off 12 sts at neck.

7th row – Cast off 12 sts at neck.

Knit 5 rows garter stitch.

Repeat from # to #.

Knit 12 rows garter stitch.

Knit 10 rows stocking stitch keeping 6 sts border at each end.

Cast off 33 sts at side edge.

Knit sleeve to match back sleeve.

Cast off.

* For V-Neck

Knit sleeve to match the back sleeve, in length.

Knit as for back from * to *.

Knit next 10 rows of stocking stitch as follows:

Row 1 – Knit.

Row 2 – Cast off 6 sts. Knit 5, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 3 – Knit.

Row 4 – Knit 6 sts, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 5 – Knit.

Row 6 – Cast off 2 sts. Knit 5 sts, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 7, 8 & 9 – repeat rows 3, 4 & 5.

Row 10 – Cast off 2 sts. Knit 5 sts, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Knit next 12 rows of garter stitch as follows:

Row 1, 2 and 3 – Knit.

Row 4 – Cast off 2 sts, knit to end.

Row 5, 6 and 7 – Knit.

Row 8 – Cast on 2 sts, knit to end.

Row 9, 10 and 11 – Knit.

Row 12 – Cast on 2 sts, knit to end.

Knit next 10 rows of stocking stitch as follows:

Row 1 – Knit.

Row 2 – Knit 8 sts for border, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 3 – Knit.

Row 4 – Cast on 2 sts, knit 8 sts, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 5, 6 and 7 – Repeat row 1, 2 and 3.

Row 8 – Cast on 6 sts, knit 12 sts, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Row 9 – Knit.

Row 10 – Knit 12, purl to last 6 sts, knit 6.

Knit 12 rows garter stitch.

Knit 10 rows stocking stitch keeping garter stitch border of 6 sts at each end.

Cast off 33 sts at side edge.

Knit second sleeve to match back sleeve length.

Cast off.

4 To make up

* For straight/ boat neck

Sew the two pieces together, leaving a wide enough slit for the head/ neck opening.

Stitch up under sleeve and side seams.

* For square neck and V-neck

Stitch shoulder and upper sleeve edges together. Stitch under arm and side seam together.

* For half collar neck

Stitch under arm and side seams together.

The two little collar points can be stitched down or fastened with a little button. (If left loose, looks like a little grandpa vest.) Stitch shoulder and upper sleeve seam together.

Tip: Thinner wool and smaller needles can be used for a smaller size. This jersey pattern can also be adapted by knitting more rows on the sleeves and adding on more stitches when casting on for the body.