Free Men Sweater Knitting Pattern
S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Chest: 40 (44, 48, 52, 56) inches [100 (110, 120, 130, 140) cm]
Lion Brand (affiliate link) Fishermen's Wool aran weight yarn 465 yd (458 m) / 227g - 2.5 (2.5, 3, 3, 3) skeins. (MC)
Noro (affiliate link) Kureyon aran weight yarn [100% wool; 110 yd/101 m per 50g skein] color 149 - 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) skeins
1 set of US #6 (4.0 mm) needles, straight and circular OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
16 sts/24 rows = 4"x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch
To wrap and turn in the short rows:
With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle
Move yarn between the needles to the back
Slip the stitch back to the left needle
Turn the work and bring the yarn back to the wrong side between the needles
The central panel of the front and back is worked bottom up and shaped with short rows. The
side part is worked sideways, the sleeves are worked in-the-round, top down.
The central panel is worked with Noro (affiliate link) (CC) and Fishermen's (MC) yarns. The rest of the sweater is worked with the Fishermen's (MC) yarn.
Back Central Panel
With CC cast on 35 st.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k 28, wrap, turn
Row 4: purl
Row 5: k 21, wrap, turn
Row 6: purl
Row 7: k 14, wrap, turn
Row 8: purl
Row 9: k 7, wrap, turn
Row 10: purl
Row 11 and 13: knit
Row 12 and 14: purl
Rows 15-16: knit
Row 17: purl
Row 18: knit
Row 19: purl
Row 20: knit
Row 21: knit
Row 22: purl
Row 23: knit
Row 24: p 28, wrap, turn.
Row 25: knit
Row 26: p 21, wrap, turn.
Row 27: knit
Row 28: p 14, wrap, turn.
Row 29: knit
Row 30: p 7, wrap, turn.
Row 31: knit
Row 32: purl to the end of the row.
Row 33: knit
Row 34: p 7, wrap, turn.
Row 35: knit
Row 36: p 14, wrap, turn.
Row 37: knit
Row 38: p 21, wrap, turn.
Row 39: knit
Row 40: p 28, wrap, turn.
Row 41: knit
Row 42: purl to the end of the row.
Row 43: knit
Row 44: purl
Rows 45-50: repeat rows 15-20
Row 51: knit
Row 52: purl
Row 53: k 28, wrap, turn.
Row 54: purl
Row 55: k 21, wrap, turn.
Row 56: purl
Row 57: k 14, wrap, turn.
Row 58: purl
Row 59: k 7, wrap, turn.
Row 60: purl
Row 61: knit to the end of the row
Row 62: purl
Row 63: k 7, wrap, turn.
Row 64: purl
Row 65: k 14, wrap, turn.
Row 66: purl
Row 67: k 21, wrap, turn.
Row 68: purl
Row 69: k 28, wrap, turn.
Row 70: purl
Rows 71 and 73: knit to the end of the row
Rows 72 and 74: purl
Repeat rows 15-74 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) more times. Work the last repeat till row 62 (62, 32, 32, 32).
Transfer all stitches to a length of yarn. Set aside.
Front Central Panel
Work the same as the back central panel, but finish the last repeat at row 32 (32, 62, 62, 62) (for sizes L, XL and 2X row 62 of previous repeat as the front panel should be shorter than back panel)
To shape the neckline, bind off 27 stitches in the middle of the panel and continue to work 8 more rows from separate balls of yarn.
Row 1: k4, bind off 27, k4
Row 2: purl
Row 3: k 4 (left), k2tog, k2 (right)
Row 4: p 3 (right); p2tog, p 2 (left)
Row 5: k 3 (left), k2tog, k1 (right)
Row 6: p 2 (right); p2tog, p 1 (left)
Row 7: k 2 (left), k2tog (right)
Row 8: p 1 (right); p2tog (left)
Right Side Panel
Pick up and knit 94 (94, 106, 106, 106) sts along the right side of the back central panel, place
marker, cast on 5 sts with single cast on, pick up and knit 89 (89, 101, 101, 101) st along the right side of the front central panel.
Work 6 rows of reverse stockinette st.
Work 19 (21, 23, 25, 27) rows of stockinette st ending with right side row. At rows 9, 13 and 17
work sk2p (slip 1, k2tog, pass sl st over) at marker.
Knit row 19 (21, 23, 25, 27), turn, k 52 (50, 60, 58, 56), turn. Work 14 (18, 22, 26, 30) more rows of stockinette on last 52 (50, 60, 58, 56) sts, leave sts on the needle.
With wrong side facing, starting from the 52nd (50th, 60th, 58th, 56th) st from the beginning of the row, work 15 (19, 23, 27, 31) rows of stockinette st.
Fold the side panel at shoulder with right sides facing inwards, towards each other. Bind off the
st with 3-needle bind off method starting at the bottom ends of the side panels. The top sides of
the side panels form the underarm.
The sleeves are worked in the rounds, without seams.
Row 1: with right side facing, knit the remaining stitches to the 15th st past the marker, wrap,
Row 2: purl to the 15th st on the other side of the marker, wrap, turn.
Row 3: knit to the 25th st past the marker, wrap, turn.
Row 4: purl to the 25th st on the other side of the marker, wrap, turn.
Row 5: knit to the 35th st past the marker, wrap, turn.
Row 6: purl to the 35th st on the other side of the marker, wrap, turn.
Knit to the end of the row, pick up and knit 25 (29, 35, 41, 47) sts along the underarm, place
marker on the middle st, that will be the place of the seam, where the decreases are worked.
Join to the 1st st and continue to work in rounds.
Decrease by 2 sts at marker by working sk2p (slip 1, k2tog, pass sl st over) at marker 4 times in
every 4th round and 20 times in every 6th round. Work the sleeve to desired length.
In the last round before rib, work k2tog to the end of the round.
Work 1x1 rib for 10 rounds. Bind off
Left Side Panel and Left Sleeve
Work the same way as Right Side Panel and Right Sleeve
Pick up stitches along the neckline and work 6 rounds of 1x1 rib. Bind off.
Pick up 128 (144, 160, 176, 192) stitches along the bottom of the sweater and work 24 rounds
(or to desired length) of 1x1 rib. Bind off.