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Favorite Fashion Sweater


Updated April 21, 2016
(31 Votes)


Youll turn heads when you don the sleek and stylish Favorite Fashion Sweater. This simple two-tone sweater will always be in style, particularly when the cold weather rolls around. With two complementary colors of yarn, you cant go wrong with this simple knit sweater pattern for women. Color takes center stage with this pattern, making this an easy sweater to create. This classic sweater will make a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.

Favorite Fashion Sweater
Favorite Fashion Sweater
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Knitting Needle Size: 6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

To fit bust measurement
Extra-Small/Small - 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
Medium - 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
Large - 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large - 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3 X-Large - 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5 X-Large - 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Finished bust
Extra-Small/Small - 37" [94 cm]
Medium - 42" [106.5 cm]
Large - 46" [117 cm]
Extra-Large - 50" [127 cm]
2/3 X-Large - 57" [144.5 cm]
4/5 X-Large - 63½" [161.5 cm]


  • Patons® Metallic™ (85 g/3 oz; 230 m/252 yds)
  • Main Color (MC) Blue Steel (95134) 3 4 5 6 7 8 balls
  • Contrast A Pewter (95044) 3 3 4 4 5 6 balls
  • Sizes 4 mm (U.S. 6) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.
  • 2 stitch holders


20 sts and 26 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.
17 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in pat.


**With A and larger needles, cast on 79 (89- 97-107-121-135) sts loosely.
Knit 4 rows (garter st), noting first row is WS.

Proceed in pat as follows:
1st row: (WS). K2. *P1. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: K1. *K1below. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
4th row: K2. *K1below. K1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
These 4 rows form pat.

Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 13" [33 cm], ending on a 1st row of pat. Break A.
Change to MC and cont in pat (beg on a 2nd row), until work from beg measures 18" [45.5 cm], ending on a WS row.

Shape armholes: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 6 (8-10-12-8-10) sts beg next 2 (2-2-2-4-4) rows. 67 (73-77-83-89-95) sts.
Dec 1 st each end of next and every following alt row 5 (7-8-9-10-12) times more. 55 (57-59-63-67-69) sts.**
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 7 (7½-8-8-8½-8½)" [18 (19-20.5-20.5-22.5-22.5) cm], ending on a WS row.

Shape neck: Next row: (RS). Pat across 12 (13-13-15-16-17) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows. 9 (10-10-12-13-14) sts.
Work 2 rows even in pat. Cast off.

With RS facing, slip next 31 (31-33-33-35-35) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows. 9 (10-10-12-13-14) sts.
Work 2 rows even in pat. Cast off.

Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Cont even in pat until armhole measures 16 rows less than Back to shoulder, ending on a WS row.

Shape neck: Next row: (RS). Pat across 17 (18-18-20-21-22) sts (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then on every following alt row 4 times more. 9 (10-10-12-13-14) sts.
Work 2 rows even in pat. Cast off.
With RS facing, slip next 21 (21-23-23-25-25) sts onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and pat to end of row.
Keeping cont of pat, dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then on every following alt row 4 times more. 9 (10-10-12-13-14) sts.
Work 2 rows even in pat. Cast off.

With A and smaller needles, cast on 47 (49-49-51-51-51) sts loosely.
Knit 4 rows (garter st), noting first row is WS.
Change to larger needles and proceed in pat as given for Back for 15 rows.
Keeping cont of pat, inc1 st each end of next and every following 16th row 3 times more, taking inc sts into pat. 55 (57-57-59-59-59) sts.
Work a further 5 rows even in pat. Break A.

With MC, cont in pat (beg with a RS row), inc1 st each end of every following 16th (16th-16th-12th-12th-12th) row from previous inc 1 (1-1-1-2-2) time(s) more. 57 (59-59-61-63-63) sts.
Cont even in pat until Sleeve from beg measures 14½" [37 cm], ending on a WS row.

Shape top: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 6 (8-9-10-10-10) sts beg next 2 rows. 45 (43-41-41-43-43) sts.
Dec 1 st each end of next and every following 4th row 2 (4-8-8-8-8) times more, then on every following alt row until there are 9 (9-11-11-11-11) sts.
Work 1 row even in pat. Cast off.

Sew right shoulder seam.

Neck edging: With RS facing, MC and smaller needles, pick up and knit 14 sts down left front neck edge. K21 (21-23-23-25-25) from Front st holder, inc 2 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 14 sts up right front neck edge and 5 sts down right back neck edge. K31 (31-33-33-35-35) from Back st holder, inc 3 sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 5 sts up left back neck edge. 95 (95-99-99-103-103) sts.
Knit 4 rows (garter st). Cast off knitwise (WS).

Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and sleeve seams, taking care to match color change.



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Please can somebody help me. I am doing the sleeves in the smallest size. My increase row started with row 4of the pattern. So my next row will be row 1 of the pattern which is (WS) K2 P1K1 but now I have 2 extra stitches one on either end. How do I work out what To start with? Please email me on thanks

The reverse side of the stitch in this pattern is also really nice would look good used for a tank top or short cardi.

Is this a good sweater to make for someone who never made one before? Could I use red heart super saver to make it?

The pattern for the neck edging part asked to pick up 14 sts each side (front neck edge) - since it's a Garter edge, i can only pick up 1 sts from every 2 rows which comes up to 7 sts How do you pick up 14 sts ?

Mercedes knits . com has a tutorial on pick up stitches on a garter edge row. Please search for the following tutorial- how to pick up on garter stitch edge mercedes knit. That should take you to a page with very clear instructions. Hope this helps.

I like the colors and comfortable look of this sweater, and that the pattern is only made up of four rows! I just did a quick search on the knit 1 below stitch and found that it makes the stitch thicker than normal. That should make the texture of the sweater soft and comfy. Can't wait to try it!

Would you be able to do The Favorite Fashion Sweater knitting instructions for loom knitting, as I can only do loom knitting. Louise

I did real well with this pattern until I got to the shaping of the armholes. When I decreased 1 stitch at the ending of the next and alternate row 7 times more. I could not continue in pattern and did not come out with 57 stitches as stated. I was wondering if instead of decreasing at the end of these rows it would be decrease at the beginning and the end of the rows alternately. That would give me the number of stitches I need and hopefully stay in the pattern? Would that work?

The decreases are done at each end of the row, not just at the end. I expect you've figured that out by now. I did find that I had to pay a little bit of attention to certain that I stayed in the pattern stitch. I think I double checked by finding a definitely correct stitch in the previous row and after determining what should be worked there, counting back to the beginning of the row I'm working to know which stitch to start with.

How to measure the armhole length

I always go to You Tube "Knitting Tutorials" if I dont know a stitch. There a a number of them showing you how to do the Kbelow stitch

How do you think this would look with the colors switched around, the silver being on top and the blue on the bottom? I'm asking because I would like to emphasise my shoulders rather than my hips.

I think it would look dramatic -- there are no rules that say one has to use the exact colours the designer uses -- you could even use totally different colours than the blue and silver I chose a rich brown and rust and am happy with the way it turned out - so happy that the person for whom it was meant may not receive it lol

On the "BACK" section, the pattern states With A and larger needles, cast on 79 stitches (for my size) loosely. Knit 4 rows (garter st), noting first row is WS. Shouldn't you cast on with the smaller needles (size 6 /4mm) to match the same cast on as the sleeves? Is this an error in the pattern, or is the pattern correct as stated?

How do you not end up with hundreds of stitches? because if you continually knit one below, wouldnt you eventually be doubling the number of stitches you have?

"Knit one below" in this pattern is the technique used for Shaker stitch. You knit through the stitch below with the stitch on the needle. It doesn't make an increase. It extends the stitch from the row below. If you do a search for "Shaker stitch", you should find instructions that will be easy to understand. Classic Shaker stitch is a form of rib. This pattern seems to be a form of seed stitch. I'm going to try it. I did a search for "knit one below" and found it referred to a method of increasing, too.

In measuring the armhole, is it 7 inches measured along the curve of the armhole, or 7 inches straight up and down? This is my first sweater!

Help! The pattern rows don't work out right for me. My math shows row 1 of the pattern ends with a P1 not a K1. You aren't increasing, adding a K1 at the end of the row are you? The P stitches should always be on the uneven stitches, right? 3, 5, ......89.

You are not increasing at all, the pattern simply tells you what stitch to end on, after the repeats are completed, if you follow the pattern exactly it will work out fine.

I'm not an expert knitter and I am Finding this pattern hard to follow. So much room for error. I can't continue because I keep messing it up line after line. I really like the look though...if I switched it to a seed stitch, would the pattern design still work? Or is there a name for the knit stitch that it is creating so I can look at it more closely? Thanks!

Hi Cpknit! It appears that the pattern features a modified version of the shaker rib stitch. There's really no problem with proceeding in seed stitch, although the design won't come out exactly the same. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Please disregard my previous comment. I "get it" now.

What is the metallic yarn for that is listed in the materials?

Is this knit in the round? I'm new to knitting as well and am not sure if it isn't stated do you assume it's knitted in the round? Thank you!

Hi adjk1229, This sweater is knit on straight needles. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Hi, I am new to the knitting world, but I am having a lot of fun with it. I would like to try to knit this sweater. I have a few questions. What is PAT and k1below? Thank you in advance for your help

Hi, I am teaching myself to knit and when there is a term I do not understand I usually go to they have in the glossary a long list of knitting terms. I come from a crochet background so I know that pat means pattern. The other term you are looking for I do not know, but looked it up and they have a video, it has no sound so you have to follow what they do. I hope this information will be helpful to you. Kelly

Found this pattern easy and beautiful. Thankyou

This has a lot of knitting jargon- It looks like its going to be very challenging

No jargon here, just a pretty standard knitting pattern,quite easy to complete.

Love the sweater, Rushed out & bought the yarn (blue and pewter, as shown!). Started it, after 7 rows something obviously wrong. Tore that out and started again. Have now done 4 rows of garter st., and first row of pattern. If I do R2 of pattern, I'll be K1B into a purl stitch, and all the way across the K1B will be going into a purl stitch. Is that what's supposed to happen? BTW, I'm 76 years old and have been knitting since I was 15. I think there's an error in the pattern. Please advise. Email: Thanks! I really want to get this made for my younger daughter. Mary Ann

no you're right what you would be doing will be incorrect. K1b will go into a knit stitch not a purl. re-read this pattern its kind of faffy and will require some patience for the first bit until you get the hang of the pattern.

Should the second row of the pattern start with K2 instead of K1 (like in row 4)? That would make the K1B go into a knit stitch each time, instead of a purl stitch.

I'm totally with you on this one. I have the same issue I've tried so many times as written and the k1B always goes into a purl stitch so I'm getting a sort of slightly textured stocking stitch effect. It's not unattractive, but nothing like the lovely texture in the pattern pic. May try Madame R's suggestion to start row two with K2 to see if that creates the seed stitch effect. I am also a pretty experienced knitter and I keep thinking there must be a mistake in the pattern too. Strange!

Finally, a sweater pattern already written for multiple extra large sizes! I have a friend going through dual kidney failure. She can't help but be a super large size woman. This sweater will really perk up her spirits. I plan to make one for myself too. I really like the texture shown in the picture!


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