How To Knit A Sweater – Easy Knitting Pattern Included

If you are new to knitting and you want to know how to knit a sweater, you will be glad to know that it is not that difficult.

Below I have included a pattern and instructions on how to knit a sweater for a casual stocking stitch sweater with a high and snuggly collar.

This sweater is a classic design knitted with mohair and alpaca for that extra warmth that you need in the winter months. The picture below is very similar to the finished version, but the model has a knitted belt that she has sewn on and her sweater has been made slightly longer to allow for this.

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How To Knit A Sweater

This is a pattern for a lady’s sweater, but if you want to find out how to knit a generic sweater, there is a video included at the bottom of this article.

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Sizes:

This pattern will show you how to knit a sweater that is a lady’s size small to XXXL.

Tension:

14sts x 17 rows in stocking stitch using Boye Single Point Aluminum 10.5/6.5mm Knitting Needles, 14-Inch needles = a 10cm square.

You Will Need:

Wool type – Cocoon – 70% acrylic, 25% mohair and 5% alpaca 50g/70m

For a small sweater, you will need 11 balls.

For a medium sweater, you will need 12 balls.

For a large sweater, you will need 13 balls.

For an XL sweater, you will need 15 balls.

For an XXL sweater, you will need 16 balls.

For an XXXL sweater, you will need 17 balls.

This sweater is knitted in stocking stitch with 6.5 mm needles and the rib is knitted with 5.5 mm needles.

To Make:

Back:

*Using the 5.5mm needles, cast on 64(70-76-82-90-96) sts.

Work in 2/2 rib for 6cm. (That means knit 2 purl 2)

Change to the 6.5 mm needles.

Beg with a k row, cont in st st until work measures 42(43-43-44-44-44)cm from the cast on edge ending with a p row.

Armholes:

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of foll 2(2-4-4-6-8) rows, then 1 st at beg of next 6(8-6-8-10-8) rows.

48(52-56-60-62-66) sts rem.*

Cont without shaping until the armholes measure 17(18-20-21-22-23)cm, ending with a p row.

Shoulders and neck:

Next Row:

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Cast off 4(5-5-5-6-6)sts, k13(13-14-15-15-17), including st used to cast off, and place these sts on a stitch holder.

Cast off the next 14(16-18-20-20-20) sts for neck, k to end of row.

Work will now be completed in 2 sections.

Next Row:

Cast off 4(5-5-5-6-6)sts, p to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 3 sts (neck edge), k to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 5(5-5-6-6-7) sts, p to end.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Cast off rem 5(5-6-6-6-7)sts.

With ws facing, pick up sts from stitch holder and complete the other side, reversing the shaping of the shoulders and neck.

Front:

Work as for back from * to *.

Cont without shaping until armholes measure 12(13-15-16-17-18)cm, ending with a p row.

Neck and Shoulders:

Next row:

k20(21-22-23-24-26) and place these sts on a stitch holder.

Cast off next 8(10-12-14-14-14)sts for the neck, then k to end of row.

Work will now be completed in 2 sections.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 2 sts (neck edge), k to end.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Rep last 2 rows once more.

Next Row:

Cast off 1 st, k to end.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 1 st, k to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 4(5-5-5-6-6)sts, p to end.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Next Row:

Cast off 5(5-5-6-6-7)sts, p to end.

Next Row:

Work to end.

Cast off rem 5(5-6-6-6-7)sts.

With ws facing, pick up sts from stitch holder and complete the other side, reversing the shaping.

Sleeves:

Using 5.5mm needles, cast on 34(36-38-38-40-42)sts and work in 2/2 rib for 6cm.

Change to 6.5mm needles.

Beg with a k row, cont straight in st st for 12(10-10-8-8-6) rows.

Inc row: k2, inc 1, k until 3 sts rem, inc 1 k2.

Cont in st st, repeating this inc row every 12(10-10-8-8-6)rows 4(5-2-5-2-10)times, then every 0(0-8-6-6-0)rows 0(0-4-3-7-0)times. 44(48-52-56-60-64) sts rem.

Cont straight until sleeve measures 48(48-48-49-49-50)cm from the cast-on edge, ending with a p row.

Sleeve top:

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beg of foll row 2(2-4-6-6-8)times, 1st at beg of foll 14(14-14-10-10-6)rows, 2 sts at beg of foll 2(4-4-6-8-10)rows, then 3 sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Cast off rem 10 sts.

Collar:

Backstitch the right shoulder seam.

With rs of work facing and using 5.5mm needles, beg at the left front shoulder, pick up and k 62(66-66-70-74-74)sts around the front and back neck.

Work in 2/2 rib until the collar measures 10cm. Cast off in rib.

Finishing:

Backstitch the left shoulder and collar seam.

Sew in the sleeves, then join the side and sleeve seams.

Congratulations, you now have a warm cozy sweater for the winter.

Here is a basic way to knit any generic sweater that you can try. You will be surprised how easy it is when it comes to how to knit a sweater.

If you would like to knit something different, try a storage basket.

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