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Cuff to Cuff Summer Sweater

Cuff to Cuff Summer Sweater
Cuff to Cuff Summer Sweater
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Knit this lightweight sweater vertically from the left sleeve cuff to the right sleeve cuff. Made with the textural seed stitch, knitted sweater patterns like this one are just what your wardrobe needs. You'll be the talk of the town while wearing this cozy and fun Cuff to Cuff Summer Sweater!


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

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

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium,Large, XLarge and XXLarge are in parentheses.

Finished Bust: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”.
Finished Length: 22 (22, 23, 23¾, 24½)”.



  • RED HEART® Boutique™ “Treasure™”: 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) balls 1913 Spectrum.
  • Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9].
  • Stitch markers (4), yarn needle.

GAUGE: 16 sts = 4”; 20 rows = 4” in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge given.

Note : Sweater is knit vertically from left sleeve cuff to right sleeve cuff.

Seed St (worked over an even number of sts).
Row 1: * K1, p1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: * P1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Seed st.


Pattern Diagram

Left Sleeve - Cuff
Cast on 56 (56, 60, 62, 64) sts.
Work 4 rows in Seed St.

Setup Pattern
Next Row (Right Side): Begin St st and k17 (17, 19, 20, 21), place marker, work Seed st over next 22 sts, place marker, work in St st over remaining 17 (17, 19, 20, 21) sts.

Shape Sleeve
Keeping continuity of sts in patterns as established, shape sleeve by inc 1 st at beginning and end of every 2nd (3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd ) row 3 (10, 4, 8, 12) times, then every 4th row 5 (0, 6, 5, 4) times–72 (76, 80, 88, 96) sts. Work even if necessary until piece measures 6¼ (7, 7½, 8¼, 9)” from beginning, end by working a wrong side row. Cast on 60 (60, 62, 64, 66) sts at end of last row for Back –132 (136, 142, 152, 162) sts.

Back and Left Front
Next Row (Right Side): Work Seed st over first 4 sts, place marker, knit to next marker, work in pattern as established to end. Cast on 60 (60, 62, 64, 66) sts at end of last row for Left Front–192 (196, 204, 216, 228) sts.
Next Row: Work Seed st over first 4 sts, purl to next marker, work Seed st to next marker, purl to last marker, work Seed st over last 4 sts.
Work in pattern as established until piece measures 5¾ (6½, 7, 7¾, 8½)” from Body cast on edge, end by working a right side row
Next Row: Bind off first 96 (98, 102, 108, 114) sts of Left Front, work to end of row.

Continue in pattern as established on remaining 96 (98, 102, 108, 114) sts for Back until piece measures 6½ (7, 8, 8½, 9)” from Left Front bind off for back neck edge, end by working a right side row. Cast on 96 (98, 102, 108, 114) sts at end of last row for Right Front– 192 (196, 204, 216, 228) sts.

Right Front
Next Row (Wrong Side): Work Seed st over first 4 sts, place marker, p81 (83, 87, 93, 99) sts, place marker, work in Seed St to next marker, p to last marker, work Seed st over last 4 sts.
Work in pattern as established until Back measures 18 (20, 22, 24, 26)” from Body cast on edge, end by working a right side row.

Shape Right Sleeve
Bind off 60 (60, 62, 64, 66) sts at beginning of next 2 rows–72 (76, 80, 88, 96) sts. Continue in pattern as established and shape sleeve by dec 1 st at beginning and end of next row, then every 4th row 4 (0, 5, 4, 3) times, then every 2nd (3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd ) row 3 (9, 4, 8, 12) times–56 (56, 60, 62, 64) sts. Work even if necessary until piece measures 6¼ (7, 7½, 8¼, 9)” from beginning.

Work 4 rows in Seed St. Bind off.

Fold piece in half at Back Neck edge and sew side and sleeve seams.

Front and Neckband
With right side facing, pick up and k96 (98, 102, 108, 114) sts along right front edge, 24 (26, 30, 32, 34) sts across back neck edge, and 96 (98, 102, 108, 114) sts along left front edge–216 (222, 234, 248, 262) sts. Work in Seed St for 4 (4, 5, 5, 5½)”. Bind off.

Pockets (Make 2)
Cast on 24 sts.
Work in Seed st for 5”. Bind off.
Sew pockets in place to side and bottom edges of sweater (Refer to photo for placement).
Weave in yarn ends.

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As soon as I saw "cuff to cuff" I jumped at the pattern. I really like doing pieces like this in one piece and it really is not difficult as long as you follow the pattern. The pattern looks easy to follow. You just have to be attentive. I am always looking for cardigan patterns because it is a nice addition to a basic outfit. Also I am always cold so I need that extra layer even in the summer. It is hot outside and you go into an air conditioned building and you need something. I can't wait to make this. Thank you.

Where is the photo?

Hello horseyfolks, the photo for this pattern has been updated. Our apologies for the inconvenience! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Is there a way forme to print the cuff to cuff sweater without having to read the instructions from my iPad? Thanks!

Just realized how to do it! Thanks!

how do join the sides for this cuff to cuff summer sweater?

You join them by sewing them together at the end. The instructions to do this are under finishing in the pattern.

I made this sweater and I consider myself an advanced beginner - maybe almost intermediate in my abilities. I had no trouble following the pattern directions. Several times I had to take a pause to visualize the finished sweater and it did seem odd at first. I switched to circular needles when the stitch number became excessive. Loved how it came out - my daughter wants one now but wants me to modify the pattern to make hers shorter - hoping when I finish the baby blanket I am working on that I can figure out how to shorten this. Love the pockets and love how the finished sweater looked!

I appreciate that this pattern is done in one piece. I am doing a sweater right now that goes from cuff to cuff and for some reason it has seemed to go so much more quickly than a traditional knit. I can't wait to try this one. It is a very versatile style!

I have been looking for a nice short sleeved cardi pattern that is easy and quick. This one looks like it might be the one! The instructions do not specify if the pattern requires straight needles or circular. Is it safe to assume that either would be fine as long as your needles are long enough?

I worked on straight needles until I had to switch to circulars. I don't think it would be possible to finish the sweater without using circ's because even the smallest size has 192 sts after you cast on for the back. Hope this helps.

Cuff to cuff summer sweater is extremely easy to knit with circular needles. I like the simple project knitted in one price. Knit a pair of matching arm warmers for chilly nights, add a matching hooded cowl made using the same pattern stitch for a perfect ensemble.

Can you please tell me how to print out this sweater pattern? Thanks!

Just realized how to do it! Thanks!

The manner in which this sweater hangs is flowy much like the pattern projects I prefer to knit.

How many stitches do you cast off after you've knitted the 6 3/4 inches? It is very confusing.

There is no cast off after 63/4 inches anywhere in the pattern-where are you at in the pattern, I'm sure one of us could help you.

This sweater was supposed to be for my grand-daughter... but it looked better on me! (and I'm the one who always needs one more layer). Now my sister and mother want one too!

Is this garment knitted sideways? Are there anymore patterns that are knitted sideways and in very fine wool?

Yes, this would be considered a "sideways" knit project, it is knit cuff to cuff.

This would be a challenging project for me - but something I would enjoy doing, I think! I have never knit a sweater that starts at one sleeve and ends at the other sleeve. It would be interesting to knit this one piece sweater in the delicate seed stitch that is only made up of two rows.

I attempted to knit this sweater and failed. I am a fairly experienced knitter and can figure out most patterns, I was able to maintain the right number of stitches but I couldnt figure out how long to make the various sections. Phrases like 61/2 inches from body cast-on edge did not make sense to me! Where exactly is the body cast-on edge? After awhile my piece looked like something that might fit a camel but was nowhere near the diagrams provided. LOL! I ripped it out and used the yarn to make another pattern which is also one piece but makes a lot more sense to me. I still like the looks of this pattern and would tackle it again if I could get some guidance. If anyone is still reading this post, please let me know so I can ask my questions. )

I was only reading the pattern, but I think it would help if you pictured the sweater with a "bird's eye view" . It is knit verticallly, cuff to cuff. So you begin with one cuff and when it is complete, you cast on stitches to create the back and one of the front sides....Those stitches form the body cast on edge. Hope my input is helpful to you.

The body cast on edge is after the sleeve is knit and you are adding stitches to create the left front and back. The sweater is going to look a bit odd initially because you start at a sleeve and end on the other side at a sleeve. It's not enough to just be able to knit some patterns because you recognise the abbreviations, you also must be able to visualize what you are making. You start at a sleeve cuff, then make the sleeve, then add additional stitches to make the left front, then add additional stitches to make the back from the left side, then you will finish the left front, continue on with the back until you are instructed to add additional stitches for the right front, continue from there to finish right front and right back, then you follow the directions to finish the right sleeve. The pattern is well written for a cuff to cuff sweater, the people who are adding rows or complaining about it being narrow in the front, aren't understanding that it is supposed to be narrow in the front. Hope this helps someone. Happy knitting!

Where do I find my saved patterns please????

I am way late with this answer, but your saved patterns are linked at the top right hand side of this page in the following string. My Knitting Patterns My Newsletters My Account Sign Out

I have 9 balls of Summerspun from Rowan. Wondering if anyone thinks that would work on this pattern.

Love mine but.... it did turn out a bit narrow in the front. I would add a few more rows if I made it again.

I am making this long vest and am stumped at the first decrease down to 108 stitches. I just cannot get a handle on how this cuff to cuff pattern works. Is there anybody on here still that would be able to answer a question for me about this pattern? I would appreciate it so much. If so, please reply to Thanks again.

Whenever I knit sleeves, I cast on one, then add another ball of yarn and cast on the second. Just keep them separate, but knit them both at the same time. That way my sleeves always come out the same length--no counting. Just be sure you finish both sleeves before setting down your knitting or you won't know which one to do first when you pick up your needles again.

Great idea, thnx. Had I done that on my sweater would have saved a lot of frustration.

This is how I've been doing sleeves for years-but I don't see how this will work with this pattern-its knit in one piece from one sleeve to the other-what I mean is the sleeves are not added on-you start there and finish there.

I made this and fortunately we had a cool winter here in Florida so I was able to wear it often. I will definitely make more of this pattern. Very flattering style. As another knitter wrote, DO count your stitches/rows so you come out even. I don't like picking up stitches so that part was a challenge for me. With the variegation in this yarn, it makes a wonderful versatile sweater.

My sister and I have made this sweater, love the look, but if Red Heart has not changed the pattern, write down how many even # stitches rows you make on first sleeve, otherwise the second sleeve will be different

The seed stitch is monotonous but would provide body for the sweater. Would be pretty if the right variegation yarn is used.


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