Free Men Sweater Knitting Pattern
The sweater is worked top-down first back and forth to shape the neck, then in-the-round, without seams. The sleeves are worked in-the-round, without seam, on double pointed or circular needles,
Sizes: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
Chest: 92 (102, 112, 122, 132) cm [36 (40, 44, 48, 52) in.]
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Working in the round on double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches
Materials: Elann (affiliate link) Limited Edition Picasso DK weight yarn 180 yards (165 meters) / 50 gr - 8 (8, 9, 10, 11) balls
1 ball each of black and white yarn of the same brand/or weight for stripes.
Needles: circular US #4 (3.50 mm) 24" (60 cm) long and a set of 4-5” long double pointed needles of the same size for sleeves, or circular 16" long of the same size OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Gauge in stockinette stitch: 19 st x 28 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)
- Stitch markers
- 2 pieces 20” long of contrasting color waste yarn to hold stitches
- Yarn needle
dpn – double pointed needles
K – knit
P – purl
St – stitch
Sts - stitches
pu&k - pick up and knit
k2tog – knit 2 together, left slant decrease
ssk – slip, slip, knit, right slant decrease
co – cast on
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
m 1 - make 1 increase - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman: make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row/round purl/knit it as a regular stitch.
pm – place marker
sm – slip marker
Stockinette Stitch in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows.
Stockinette Stitch in rounds: all rows - knit
2x2 Rib in rounds: multiple of 4
*k2, p2 - repeat from * across the round. Repeat the round.
The selvedge/edge stitches are worked as follows: knit the first stitch and purl the last one.
Raglan increases: Increase for raglan by making 1 st (m1) on each side of indicated, marked, stitch in every right side (RS) row, or every other round as follows: knit to the marker, m1, sm, k1 (raglan st), m1.
The sweater is worked top-down first back and forth to shape the neck, then in-the-round, without seams. (It will be a good idea to transfer all your work to a couple of long circular needles and try it on to check how it fits.) The sleeves are worked in-the-round, without seam, on double pointed or circular needles,
Cast on 43 (44, 48, 49, 52) sts and and purl 1 row. Count the stitches and place 4 markers as follows:
1 edge st, 1 st (left front), 1 st (raglan line, pm before this stitch), 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (second raglan line, pm before this stitch), 21 (22, 24, 25, 26) sts (back), 1 st ( third raglan line, pm before this stitch), 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (forth raglan line, pm before this stitch), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Row 1 (RS, 1st increase row): k 1, m1, k1, *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 times, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, k1, m1, p1. (= 53, 54, 58, 59, 62 sts)
Row 2 (WS) and all WS rows: sl 1, purl all sts.
Rows 3-14: Repeat 1st increase row six more times. (= 113 114, 118, 119, 122 sts).
Row 15/Round 1 (RS, 2nd increase round): knit to the first marker, *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 times, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit to the end of the row. At the end of the row cast on 3 (4, 6, 7, 8) sts, join into the round and continue to work in rounds. Knit to the first raglan marker. Now the beginning of the round will be at the left front raglan marker.
Round 2 and all even rounds: knit
Round 3: (2nd increase round): *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 more times.
Repeat 2nd increase round 17 (18, 21, 23, 23) more times. (=268 (278, 308, 326, 330) sts.)
Next round (3rd increase round): sm, knit to next marker, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit to next marker, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), knit to next marker, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, knit to next marker, m1. (4 sts increased, 2 at back and 2 at front, no increases at sleeves).
Next round and all even rounds: knit.
Repeat 3rd increase round 4 (6, 6, 7, 9) more times. 288 (306, 336, 358, 370) sts.
Divide for sleeves and bodice:
Knit the first raglan st. Transfer left sleeve sts (all stitches between the first and the second raglan lines) to a piece of waste yarn, co 7 (10, 12, 14, 18) sts for underarm, knit all sts of the back, including the raglan sts, transfer the right sleeve sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 7 (10, 12, 14, 18) sts for underarm, knit all front sts. Place a marker after the 3rd (5th, 6th, 7th, 9th) left underarm st to mark the beginning of the round. Slip marker while working. = 181 (200, 218, 235, 252) sts.
Work in stockinette stitch 96 (100, 104, 108, 112) more rounds or to desired length, taking into consideration, that there are 10 rounds of 2x2 rib.
Work bodice rounds 2-9 in grey, rounds 10-13 in white, rounds 14-17 in grey, rounds 18-25 in black, continue in grey.
Work 10 more rounds in 2x2 rib. Bind off.
Sleeves are worked in rounds on double pointed needles or circular needles 16" long.
Transfer sleeve sts from the waste yarn to the needles and pick up 7 (10, 12, 14, 18) sts over the 7 (10, 12, 14, 18) underarm sts. Place marker after the 3rd (5th, 6th, 7th, 9th) underarm st to mark the beginning of the round. (= 67 (71, 81, 86, 90) sts
Slip the marker while working. Work stockinette stitch for 116 (120, 128, 130, 134) rounds or to desired length, taking into consideration, that there are 10 rounds of 2x2 rib.
To narrow the sleeve, decrease by 2 sts on both sides of the marker in every 6th round 10 times (20 sts total) as follows:
Decrease round: sm, ssk, knit all sts to the last 2, k2tog. Decrease rounds are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60. (= 47 (51, 61, 66, 70) sts.
Work 10 more rounds in 2x2 rib. Bind off.
Starting with the central back st, pick up sts on dpn or circular needles along the neckline and knit 10 rounds of 2x2 rib. Bind off.
Weave in all yarn ends.
Pattern was updated on September 10, 2018.
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