|Steve Winwood in the original sweater|
I've made a couple of minor changes - it looks as though the original was in Aran/worsted weight, which was a little heavy for Paul if he wanted to wear it on stage (he's the guitarist in a 60s tribute band, The Beat Rooms), so I used Jarol Heritage DK, which has a high wool content and is therefore more authentic than synthetic fibres. I also changed the shoulder line slightly as the dropped shoulder of the original would be uncomfortable under a jacket. Here's the pattern - it's very simple, with a cable repeat every 14 rows on both front and back.
Please note error in sleeve pattern now corrected 6 March 2014
Classic 1960s polo neck sweater
700g Jarol Heritage DK – I used shade 100 Cream.
Pair size UK 10/3.25 mm needles
Pair size UK 8/4 mm needles
Set of size UK 9/3.75 mm double point needles for polo collar
2 stitch holders or spare needles
To fit chest 40” to 42” (actual measurement 44”)
Sleeve seam 19” plus turnback cuff
Back width across shoulders (between sleeve set-in seams) 16”
22 sts and 30 rows to 4” measured over stocking stitch on 4 mm needles.
Inc 1 st by knitting into back and front of same st
|st(s)||stitch(es)||C8F||slip next 4 sts onto cable needle, place at front of work, K next 4 sts, then K 4 sts from cable needle|
Using 3.25 mm needles, cast on 119 sts and work 3” (22 rows) rib as follows:
1st rib row: (K1, P1) to last st, K1.
2nd rib row: K1, (K1, P1) to last 2 sts, K2.
Inc row: Rib 4, (K2in, rib 11) 9 times. K2in, rib 6 (129 sts).
Change to 4 mm needles and work 14 row cable pattern as follows:
2nd and alt (WS) rows: (P35, K2, P8, P2) twice, P35
7th row: (K35, P2, C8F, P2) twice, K35 – place a marker on this row (a length of contrasting yarn will be fine).
9th, 11th and 13th rows – as 1st.
Repeat these 14 rows until work measures 18” or desired length to start of armhole decreasing. Move the marker to each new cable patt row as you work it.
Armhole shaping: Keeping continuity of cable pattern, cast off 4 sts at start of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next 7 rows, then each alt 6 (RS) rows (95 sts rem).
Work straight until work measures 9½” from start of armhole decreasing, i.e. 27½” in total.
Shoulder shaping: Cast off 9 sts at start of next 4 rows, then 10 at start of nest 2 rows. Place rem 39 sts on stitch holder for neck.
Work as for back to end of armhole shaping. Work straight until work is 18 rows shorter than the back to start of shoulder shaping, thus ending with a WS row.
Divide for neck: Work 35 sts, turn, P2 tog and work to end. Working on these 34 sts only, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows, then on next 3 alt (RS) rows (28 sts).
Work 7 rows straight. With RS facing, cast off 9 sts at start of next and foll alt rows. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 10 sts.
Place centre 25 sts on stitch holder. Rejoin yarn to rem sts and complete other side of neck to match.
Sleeves (make 2 alike):
Using 3.25 mm needles, cast on 59 sts and work 5” (40 rows) rib as for back. If you prefer to omit the turnback, work 3” (22 rows).
Inc row: Rib 5, (K2 in, rib 7) 6 times, K2 in, rib 5 (66 sts).
Change to 4 mm needles and. working in st st throughout, inc 1 st (K2 in) at each end of 7th row and each following 8th row until there are 92 sts.
Work straight until work measures 21” (or 19” if you are omitting the turnback).
Shape top: cast off 4 sts at start of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll alt (RS) rows until there are 40 sts left. Dec each end of every row until 28 sts are left.
Cast off 3 sts at start of next 2 rows. Cast off rem 22 sts.
Join shoulder seams.
Using 3.75 mm dpns or circular needle, and starting at left shoulder seam, pick up and knit 22 sts down left front neck, K across 25 sts from centre front, pick up and K 22 sts up right front neck, and finally K across 39 sts from back neck (108 sts). Work 6½” K1, P1 rib. Cast off loosely – use a needle 1 or 2 sizes larger.
Press pieces according to ball band instrucions. Set in sleeves, then join side and sleeve seams. Don't forget to stitch the lower 3” of the sleeve ribbing from the other side, as the cuffs will be turned back in wear. Press seams.