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Big Comfy Sweater

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Big Comfy Sweater
Big Comfy Sweater
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The Big Comfy Sweater is the perfect pattern if you're looking for an easy-going knit wearable. The laid back style is great for layering or for popping on with pants, leggings, or jeans. You'll love the smooth texture against your skin and easy wash ability. Plus, this is an easy knitting pattern, so you won't need to devote hours and hours to this project. The neutral gray color will work well with any item currently in your wardrobe. Plus, this piece can transition between seasons thanks to its flattering length and medium-length sleeves. The interesting details really set this easy knit sweater apart.

1. Sweater is made from two identical pieces: Back and front.
2. Both pieces are worked from the lower edge upwards. At underarm, stitches are cast on each side of piece for sleeves.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

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

Gauge17 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeDirections are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium, Large, 1X, 2X and 3X are in parentheses. Finished Bust: 44 (48, 52, 56, 59, 63)” [112 (122, 132, 142, 150, 160) cm] Finished Length: 30 (31, 32, 33, 33, 33)” [76 (78.5, 81.5, 84, 84, 84) cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Fashion Soft™: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) balls 9440 Grey Heather
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Pattern Stitches

2x2 Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 2)
Row 1 (right side): K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts to end of row.
Repeat Row 2 for 2x2 Rib.

Ridge Pattern
Row 1 (right side): Knit.
Rows 2 and 3: Purl.
Row 4: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1–4 for Ridge pattern.

Back

Cast on 94 (102, 110, 118, 126, 134) sts. Work in 2x2 Rib until piece measures about 3” [7.5 cm] from beginning.
Work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures about 20 (20½, 21, 21½, 21, 21)” [51 (52, 53.5, 54.5, 53.5, 53.5) cm] from beginning (or desired length to underarm), end with a wrong side row.

  1. Cast On for Sleeves
    Row 1 (right side)
    : Cast on 34 sts, knit to end of row—128 (136, 144, 152, 160, 168) sts.
    Row 2: Cast on 34 sts, purl to end of row— 162 (170, 178, 186, 194, 202) sts.
    Work in Ridge pattern until piece measures about 10 (10½, 11, 11½, 12, 12)” [25.5 (26.5, 28, 29, 30.5, 30.5) cm] from cast-on rows.
    Bind off.

Front

Make same as back.

Finishing

Leaving side edges of ribbing unsewn for side slits, sew side seams. Sew shoulder/top of sleeve seams, leaving about 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8)” [18 (18, 18, 20.5, 20.5, 20.5) cm] open at center for neck; neckline will shape naturally with gravity. Sew underarm/sleeve seams.
Weave in ends.

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Abbreviations

k
knit
p
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
*
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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I'm new to knitting and I plan to use this pattern for my first attempt at making a sweater! However, I do wonder if this couldn't be done all in one piece? Sort of like a cross shape with a hole in the middle for the collar. Then you'd only have to sew up the sides and the sleeves. Thoughts?

Hi sorrowsangelcries 0403333, yes, you can knit a sweater in a cross shape with a neck opening in the center, and there are many patterns like that. Being new to knitting, you would do best to find a pattern like that rather than trying to modify this one. It can be done but it would be for a more experienced knitter to do.

YES, I would wear this. It looks both comfortable and ....FLATTERING, for both slim and heavier figures. )

This pullover would look great with jeans, wouldn't it? It can be hard to find easy sweater patterns that are still stylish like this one. I would definitely recommend this pattern to someone looking for a pattern to make their first sweater, especially a younger stitched who wanted something trendier than a basic cardigan.

Hello Sue What, thank you for your comment! We're happy to hear you like this pattern. We agree - it's a trendy piece that will look great with a pair of jeans. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

This would be perfect paired with a pair of leggings. The pattern looks pretty basic and would be an impressive project to show off you beginner knit skills to your friends!

I would wear this sweater, but I wish the sleeves were not quite so big and that they were full length. I love the length of the sweater itself. It is so cozy and comfortable-looking. I might try knitting the sleeves separately in a stockinette stitch and then adding them on.

I would wear this but I'll have to figure a way to lengthen the sleeves. I don't like the 3/4 length. Maybe I'll pick up around the edges and knit down to the wrist in plain stockinette, gradually decreasing as I go, or maybe leaving it as a wide sleeve. Or, I may knit separate sleeves and attach them just under the edges for a layered look.

I would wear it especially in a color that looks good with denim. I think one will need to be mindful of sizing as it looks like it could easily get too sloppy looking.

I to would like it a bit shorter which in this case is very easy to do. This looks so comfortable and warm. Love the 3/4 sleeves also. The pattern is one that will look great but is easy to knit watching TV or riding in the car and not having to look at the pattern every row.

I love this too, but I'd like it a bit shorter. I would assume I can simply not do as many Stockinette rows as it calls for. Can anyone tell me if this sounds right?

Yes, the directions actually say to work in stocking stitch 20" or desired desired length to underarm, so that is exactly where you can shorten it.

Not only is this a great looking sweater, but it has several other good points as well. It's an easy,doable pattern. It's oversize and looks very comfortable and warm . And it comes in plus sizes! Plus size knitting patterns are hard to find, especially ones that are easy and look good.

Awesome looking - and just changed my Christmas list this sweater has such appeal that I shall have to give it to the girls and one for me too of course... wonder if I could knit it in some of the yarn I have bought for the sweaters I was going to knit LOL

I love over sized sweaters, especially for the fall season. This looks super cozy.

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