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 seams, on double pointed or circular needles,
Sizes: S (M, L, XL, XXL)
For Chest/Bust at Underarm: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) " [92 (102, 112, 122, 132) cm]
Finished Length: 25.5 (26.5, 27, 27.5, 28)" [64 (66, 67.5, 69, 70) cm]
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
-Working in the round on circular and double pointed needles
-Picking up stitches
Materials: Ecological Wool by Cascade (affiliate link) Yarns bulky weight yarn (100% wool), 478 yards (437 meters)/250 grams (8.82 ounces), color 8061 Taupe – 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) skeins.
Needles: circular US #9 (5.50 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 Broken Rib pattern: 15 st x 22 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 - 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
Broken Rib in rows:
Multiple of 2
Row 1 (RS): k1, p1
Row 2: k1, p1
Row 3: k1, p1
Row 4: knit
Repeat rows 1-4
Broken Rib in rounds:
Multiple of 2
Round 1: k1, p1
Round 2: k1, p1
Round 3: k1, p1
Round 4: purl
Repeat rounds 1-4
2 x 2 Rib in rounds: 2k, 2p
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.
Short Overview of the Pattern:
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 from time to time to check how it fits.) The sleeves are worked in-the-round, without seam, on double pointed or circular needles.
Cast on 34 (37, 39, 42, 43) sts and knit 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), 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts (left sleeve), 1 st (second raglan line, pm before this stitch), 16 (17, 19, 20, 21) sts (back), 1 st ( third raglan line, pm before this stitch), 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts (right sleeve), 1 st (fourth raglan line, pm before this stitch), 1 sts (right front), 1 edge st.
Work Broken Rib in rows pattern throughout the pattern. Include the increased stitches into pattern.
Row 1 (RS, 1st increase row): k 1, m1, work till marker, *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 times, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work till last st, m1, p1. (= 44, 47, 49, 52, 53 sts)
Row 2 (WS) and all WS rows: sl 1, work Broken Rib in rows pattern to the last st, p1.
Rows 3-12: Repeat 1st increase row five more times. (= 94, 97, 99, 102, 103 sts).
Repeat rows 1-2 five more times, after each increase row the number of stitches increase by 10. Total in row 12: (= 94, 97, 99, 102, 103 sts).
Row 13/Round 1 (RS): work to the first marker, *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 times, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work to the end of the row. At the end of the row cast on 6 (7, 9, 10, 11) 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. =108 (112, 116, 120, 122) sts.
Round 2 and all even rounds: work Broken Rib pattern in rounds.
Round 3: (2nd increase round): *m1, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work all sts till the next marker, repeat from * 3 more times.
Round 4 like round 2.
Repeat rounds 3-4 15 (15, 15, 16, 16) more times in every odd round. (=244 (248, 252, 264, 266) sts.)
Next round (3rd increase round): sm, work to next marker, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work to next marker, m1, sm, k1 (raglan), work to next marker, sm, k1 (raglan), m1, work to next marker, m1. (4 sts increased, 2 at back and 2 at front, no increases at sleeves).
Next round and all even rounds: work Broken Rib pattern in rounds.
Repeat 3rd increase round and next even round 3 (3, 6, 6, 6) more times. 260 (264, 280, 292, 294) 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 6 (8, 9, 11, 14) sts for underarm, work all sts of the back, including the raglan sts, transfer the right sleeve sts to a piece of waste yarn, co 6 (8, 9, 11, 14) sts for underarm, work 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. = 160 (166, 184, 194, 202) sts.
Work in Broken Rib pattern 91 (94, 94, 94, 94) more rounds or to desired length, taking into consideration, that there are 10 rounds of 2x2 rib on hem.
Work 10 more rounds in 2x2 rib. Bind off.
Sleeves are worked in rounds on double pointed needles or circular needles 16" long.
Transfer 51 (52, 52, 55, 55) sleeve sts from the waste yarn to the needles and pick up 6 (8, 9, 11, 14) sts over the 6 (8, 9, 11, 14 underarm sts. Place marker after the 3rd (4th, 4th, 5th, 7th) underarm st to mark the beginning of the round. (= 57 (60, 61, 66, 69) sts
Slip the marker while working. Work Broken Rib pattern in rounds for 100 (102, 108, 110, 114) rounds or to desired length, taking into consideration, that there are 10 rounds of 2x2 rib on cuff.
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, work all sts to the last 2, k2tog. Decrease rounds are 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60. (= 37 (40, 41, 46, 49) 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.