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Just the Basics Sweater



Have you noticed that a lot of free knitting patterns for sweaters are pretty complex. Not that there's anything wrong with added lace panels and cables, but sometimes it's just good to knit something a little more simple. With that, I present to you the Just the Basics Sweater. This classic sweater is not only great for a sweater knitting novice, but its classic design will never go out of style - you'll be able to wear it for years and years to come.

Just the Basics Sweater
Just the Basics Sweater
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Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight: (5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)



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Jan 30, 2015

just looking for a 36in chest crew neck raglan plain sweater pattern please


Aug 3, 2014

As a Tailoress, I measure sleeve length from top of shoulder. It should be easy to try on before attaching to main body. Hope this helps. Iona


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Oct 4, 2013

Has anyone made this? If so, how did the size work out? I usually wear medium, but the bust seems quite small for a loose-fitting adult sweater. Also...From what point do you measure sleeve length--top of the sleeve (i.e., shoulder seam), the underarm seam, or midway between the two? If from the underarm, the sleeves are plenty long; if from the mid-point, they still might be okay. But measured from the shoulder seam, these sleeves would at most be 3/4 length. Would like to make this for my daughter, who is tall with long arms. She usually wears medium or large, but I'm not experienced enough at knitting to feel confident trying to adapt a pattern to customize body proportions. I would really appreciate the benefit of anyone's knowledge/experience here!


Feb 21, 2013

I agree with you free should be free.


Jan 15, 2013

I think this is a rip size have to buy the other sizes or go down in needle....also adds galore on a so called free site drive me nuts....if free, then all should be free...ty


Sep 2, 2011

@paknitter, To get information on how to adjust sizing, we suggest contacting the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. Hope this helps! --Editor of AllFreeKnitting


Sep 1, 2011

We all aren'tall of the medium size.


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