I Want to Knit a Sweater

Want to knit a sweater? Not sure where to start? Here are three pattern ideas that are great for beginner sweater knitters.

  1. The Weekender by Andrea Mowry. This is on the list because it was one of the first sweaters I knit. If I can do it, you can do it! Dropped shoulders, positive ease, flattering for everyone. You will need a worsted weight yarn – I used The Uncommon Thread Lush Worsted. You might also try Madelinetosh Vintage. Now – it calls for a Tubular Cast on and Bind Off. I did not do this, and I don’t consider that beginner sweater techniques. I just did my regular knitted cast on and bind off to keep it easy.
I want to knit a sweater. Weekend by Andrea Mowry
Weekender © Andrea Mowry

2. Jessie’s Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits. This quick-to-knit summer sweater is drapey and oversized, perfect to pull over a tank in the summer, or over a long sleeve shirt in the winter time. Try using Cascade Ultra Pima for a cotton version, or Malabrigo Susurro for a Silk, Linen, Merino blend.

I want to knit a sweater. Jessie's Girl by Elizabeth Smith Knits
Jessie’s Girl © Elizabeth Smith Knits

3. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier. Knit seamlessly from the top down with small details that make it special! Try this in The Uncommon Thread Merino DK or Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt.

I want to knit a sweater. Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier.
Sunshine Coast © Heidi Kirrmaier

Handknit sweaters are the best – you can pick your perfect color, you can adjust the length of the sleeves and hem, and you can knit it up in the perfect fit. But beware – once you start wearing handknit sweaters, that’s all you will want to wear!


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