Several of you asked about the modifications I made to the neighborly pattern. The only true change was to convert the pattern to a simple top-down sweater, knit in the round. This is only a knitting "recipe" so please refer to the original neighborly pattern for specifics as well as yardage, gauge and tips on knitting stripes. So here goes:
This pattern fits girls size 4-7 [sz 8-12 in brackets]
Using size US 8 needle cast in 80 stitches. Join for working in the round.
Set-up row: k 30, pm, k 10, pm, k 30, pm, k 10, pm (this last marker should be a different color to indicate beginning of next round)
Next row: Knit.
Row 1: knit to one stitch before marker, kfb, slip marker (sm), kfb. Do this 3 more times.
Row 2: Knit.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 eight [ten] more times.
Next round: knit front stitches, place next 30  sleeve stitches on scrap yarn, knit across the back stitches, place second 30  sleeve stitches on scrap yarn.
Work in stockinette for 8 rounds.
Next round: (k2, kfb)* repeat* to last stitches - about 126 [about 148] sts.
Lower Bodice: Knit 4 rounds with CC yarn. Switch to MC and K 2 rounds. Repeat 6  times.
Hemline: Knit 8 rounds in garter stitch using CC. (makes 4 garter ridges) Bind off all stitches.
Armholes: Transfer the 30  sleeve sts from waster yarn to 3 dpn's (or use magic loop). PM and join for working in the round. Work K1 P1 rib for 6 rounds. BO in pattern. Repeat for other armhole.
Neckline : Pick up 60  stitches (pick up 3 sts for every 4 for the smaller sz). PM and join for working in the round. Work K1 P1 rib for 8 rounds. BO all sts in pattern. Secure a large decorative button to the neckline.
Weave in ends and block. That's it.
The neighborly pattern, as well as the beautiful sentiment behind it, was written by Jennifer Casa of JCasa Handmade. She is an all-around beautiful and gifted lady who has just received some tough news. You're sure to be inspired by her strength. Nothing can stop her now.
And speaking of beautiful and inspiring, I'd like to recommend two films that I was fortunate enough to re-watch this week (thank you Netflix). Young at Heart and Valentino: The Last Emperor. You will be inspired, uplifted, entertained and you will find yourself laughing and crying at the same time! And if you're like me, when they are done you will want to watch them again.
Have a beautiful weekend!