Tutorial: how to knit a Bonbon sweater for Sweater Day

Every year we gladly take part in this special day, where the fans of handmade sweaters especially, share their knowledge and tastes about them. Therefore, also for this edition, we’ve chosen to create an awesome knitted sweater, namely the bonbon sweater. There are lots of sweaters like this, super chunky and with a pattern that reminds us of loads of giant soap bubbles out there, but our bonbon sweater has that something extra that the others can’t have: Piuma yarn.

As a matter of fact, as our quirky yarn is a roving of a slightly twisted merino wool, it gives the bonbon sweater a soft irreplicable texture. There’s no other like Piuma. On our shop you can find loads of colours of Piuma, printed too. So you can choose a different colour combo to the one we chose.

Now let’s get started, even because making the bonbon sweater is rather easy!

How to knit a bonbon sweater with the tuck stitch

MATERIALS
Piuma yarn col. Natural White 400 g / 14 oz
Piuma yarn col. Twilight 300 g / 10.5 oz
Piuma yarn col. Tulle 500 g / 17.5
Knitting needle n° 10 EU / 15 US
Circular knitting needles n° 10 EU / 15 US
Cables 100 cm / 39.4"
stitch markers
Clover quick locking stitch markers
Unique
1 pc. € 5,76
Piuma - 100 g - The Print Collection
Marshmallow
1 pc. € 9,74
Piuma - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Twilight
1 pc. € 7,97
Piuma - 500 g - The Classics Collection
Tulle
1 pc. € 29,27
GAUGE
10 cm x 10 cm / 4” x 4”
7 stitches x 12 rows

KNIT STITCHES USED
Tuck stitch:
it’s done on a number of stitches in multiples of 4
rows 1, 3 and 5: knit all the row
rows 2, 4 and 6: purl all the row
row 7: *knit 3, 1 tuck stitch* (tuck=drop a stitch from the left needle, undo it by 4 rows, pick up the stitch leaving the floating threads and knit it). Repeat from * to * for all the row.
rows 8, 10 and 12: purl all the row
rows 9 and 11: knit all the row
row 13: knit 1, tuck 1, *knit 3, tuck 1*. Repeat from * to * for all the row
rows 14, 16 and 18: purl all the row
row 15 and 17: knit all the row
row 19: continue working repeating from row 7 to row 18.
Rib stitch 1/1:
knit 1 and purl 1, in the following row knit 1 on the knitted stitch and purl 1 on the purled stitch.

SIZE
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SIZE OF FINISHED PIECE
Total length 50 cm / 19.7"
Width 65 cm / 25.6"

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Easy

How to do the back and the front of the Bonbon sweater

Work the back of the Bonbon sweater with n° 10 EU / 15 US needles and cast on 48 stitches.

Work the tuck stitch alternating colours as described in the Chart, taking care to change them when the row is worked with a tuck.

CHART
1 row with col.Tulle
2 rows with col. Twilight
1 row with col. Natural White
2 rows with col. Tulle
1 row with col. Twilight.

Place a stitch marker at the start of the round.

2 rows with col. Natural White
1 row with col. Tulle
2 rows with col. Twilight
1 row with col. Natural White
1 row with col. Tulle.

To do the front of the Bonbon sweater with the tuck stitch, repeat all the steps that you’ve just done for the back.


Tutorial for making the sleeve of the Bonbon sweater 

With needles n° 10 EU / 15 US and the color Tulle. cast on 24 stitches and rib stitch 1/1 for 7 rows.

In the first knitted row after the rib, increase a stitch every other stitch (e.g. knit 1, knit 2 together for all the row) like this you’ll have 36 stitches.

CHART
2 rows with col. Twilight
1 row with col. Natural White
2 rows with col. Tulle
1 row with col. Twilight
2 rows with col. Natural White
1 row with col. Tulle


How to do the collar of the Bonbon sweater

Sew 14 stitches for the shoulders.
With the circular needles n° 10 EU / 15 US rib stitch 1/1 the 20 central stitches of the front and the back for 8 rounds.

Bind off.

Now all you have to do is sew the sleeves onto the round and then the rest of the sweater.


We’ve come to the end of the tutorial on how to knit a bonbon sweater, if you liked it and you’d like to check out new knitting patterns, then we suggest reading all these knitting tutorials too.

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