Updated: December 25, 2012 with photos
Note: This pattern was adapted from the 1989 edition of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. No copyright infringement intended. Pattern for personal use only. Do not sell or redistribute.
This sweater is constructed with two identical rectangles (front and back) and two trapezoids (the sleeves). That makes it easily adaptable for a full-length sweater, ¾ sleeves, or any shape and size. There is no neck shaping or any really advanced techniques so it’s a perfect sweater for beginners.
Techniques you will need to know:
Rib stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1)
Stockinette stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row.
An increase technique (Make one, Knit front and back, etc.)
Mattress stitch for seaming
4 skeins of worsted weight yarn (approximately 850 yards)
Size 7 circular needles
Size 11 circular needles
Stitch markers or safety pins
(You will not be knitting in the round, but using circular needles as straight needles is helpful because the project gets pretty long.)
4” = 11 stitches x 16 rows
(Gauge is not particularly important since this is an oversized sweater. Do not worry if you do not have the right sized needles to get the right gauge.)
Approximate Finished Measurements:
Armpit to armpit: 24”
For best results, keep track of how many rows/stitches it takes to knit each step so the front/back and left/right can be exactly the same.
Front and Back (make two):
With smaller needles cast on 80 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2.5”.
Change to larger needles.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 9” from beginning.
At 9” mark each end for beginning of armhole.
Continue stockinette stitch until piece measures 7” from marker.
Change to smaller needles.
Knit 1 row.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2”.
Bind off loosely in rib pattern.
Sleeves (make two):
With smaller needles cast on 38 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 3”.
Change to larger needles.
Continue in pattern as follows:
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across, increasing 1 stitch on each side.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 20” across.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 20” from beginning.
Weave in loose ends.
Block all pieces.
Use mattress stitch to sew seams.
Sew shoulder seams together for 4.25”.
Sew top of sleeves to armholes between markers.
Sew sides and sleeve seams.
And you’re done!
As I mentioned earlier, the pattern is really easy to customize. You can make the length longer or shorter, make the sleeves longer or shorter, add some colorwork such as stripes or intarsia, or add some more complex knitting stitches like cables or bobbles. This simple sweater is a blank slate for your creativity!