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Backwards Upside Down Sweater


Updated November 30, 2016
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What is better than a knit sweater pattern? Four sweaters! The Backwards Upside Down Sweater is four sweaters in one because it can be worn four different ways. Knit pullover sweater patterns like this are so versatile and beyond comfortable. The Backwards Upside Down Sweater has a wide fitting silhouette with fitted sleeves for a feminine look.

Please note that this lovely knit sweater pattern is only free in the medium size.

Backwards Upside Down Sweater
Backwards Upside Down Sweater
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Knitting Needle Size: 5 or 3.75 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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Looks like a straight jacket.......I guess that's fitting because you'd have to be crazy to invest yarn and time into making something that looks--well, like a straight jacket!

I love this!!

That sweater... upside down is absolutely UGLY! Someone has a sick mind to think this is anywhere near nice. As one reader said..."Is this a joke".

I could think of one thing this sweater would be good for: when you have chicken pox and you're not allowed to scratch!!! In the description it states "beyond comfortable". Come on! Is this a joke? How are you supposed to move your arms????? That's where it would come in handy when have chicken pox or any other "itchy but not allowed to scratch" condition.

I would love to see the four different ways within which this sweater could be worn, because just looking at the picture I'm stumped.

if you go the source, you'll see the 4 diff ways to wear it:

i don't think i wupld wear it but my daughter lliked it...we all have different tastes.

Ugly is ugly and this sweater is it. It looks more like a mini straight jacket to me. How far can she move her arms? Come on folks, lets look for pretty, sophisticated, charming, cute.

My personal opinion is that if I saw this sweater on anyone I would think something was off around the shoulder area and they simply didn't know how to knit yet. I also fail to see the attraction nor would I care to invest my time and yarn money in a sweater that didn't let me move my arms. But..........perhaps I am missing the point, which would be very possible. :)

This is not a criticism, I swear, but why is this sweater so popular? Someone tell me why they like it?

It's pretty. The silhouette is gorgeous. This looks like a high end designer item if made could seek well. Not only would I wear it but I can think of 5 friends who would request it. It's feminine and unique.

I looked at the pattern for the backwards sweater and discovered Pickles does not list the gauge for the yarn. Are there other companies that practice this? Or is this practice a UK thing?

size 5 needles for a chunky yarn? is that correct. That seems like it would be very difficult to do -- a big yarn on small needles.

@chflists 6685941, Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention! We've updated the pattern. Please use (3) Light/DK yarn for this pattern. We apologize for any inconvenience, --editors of AllFreeKnitting


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