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Henley Knit Sweater Pattern

This knit v-neck sweater is a great addition to your wardrobe.

Updated June 27, 2019
Henley Knit Sweater Pattern
Henley Knit Sweater Pattern
This image courtesy of premieryarns.com

When all you want is a classic and simple sweater to work up, this Henley Knit Sweater Pattern is perfect. The colorblocked moss stitch sleeves and v-neck collar against a stockinette sweater add just the perfect amount of detail to keep this pullover from being boring, but it won't distract from the rest of your outfit, either. The slightly oversized construction of this sweater is flattering on just about any body type, and is sure to keep you warm whether you're bundling up for the winter or layering up to fight that summer A/C.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge16 sts x 24 rows = 4” in St st

16 sts x 24 rows = 4” in Moss St



Save time, check your gauge.

Finished SizeFinished Bust Size: 40 (44, 49, 53, 58, 62)"; Length: 22 (22, 23, 23, 24, 24)"

Materials List

  • Premier® Yarns Everyday Soft Worsted (100% Anti-Pilling Acrylic; 4oz/118g, 203yds/186m)

    • #ED100-52 Chinchilla – 4 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8) balls (MC)

    • #ED100-47 Twilight Blue – 1 ball (CC)


  • US Size 8 (5 mm) 24” and US Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch markers

Sweater

Notes

  1. SIZES

    Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X)

    Shown in Small Size

  2. STITCH GUIDE

    Stockinette Stitch
    (any multiple of sts)

    Row 1 (RS): Knit.
    Row 2 (WS): Purl.

    Rep rows 1-2 for patt.

    Moss Stitch (multiple of 2 sts)

    Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1*; repeat from * to end of row.
    Row 2: Repeat Row 1.
    Row 3: *P1, k1*; repeat from * to end of row.
    Row 4: Repeat Row 3.Rep rows 1-4 for patt.

    Neck Decrease Row (RS): First half, knit to 3 sts before the neck edge, k2tog, k1; second half, k1, ssk, work to the end of the row.
    Neck Decrease Row (WS): First half, purl to 3 sts before the neck edge, p2tog, p1; second half, p1, ssp, work to the end of the row.

  3. The pattern is written for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

BACK

With MC cast on 82 (90, 100, 108, 118, 126) sts.

Work in Moss Stitch for 2".

Work even in St st until piece measures 21 ½ (21 ½ , 22 ½,22 ½ , 23 ½ , 23 ½ )” from cast on edge, ending with a WS row.

Next Row (RS): K27 (31, 36, 40, 45, 49) sts, join a second ball of yarn and bind off center 28 sts, knit to end.

Working both sides separately at the same time, work next WS row in purl, then bind off in knit on next row.

FRONT

Work as for back until piece measures 14 (14, 15, 15, 16, 16)" from cast on edge, ending on a WS row.

Place markers on both sides of the middle 4 sts.

Next Row (RS): Knit across to the first marker, join a second ball of yarn, and bind off the middle 4 sts between markers, then, knit across to the end of the row.

Working both sides separately at the same time, knit even in St st for 5½", ending with a WS row.

  1. Shape the Neck

    Continuing to work both sides separately. At the same time, bind off at each neck edge: 4 sts once once, 3 sts once, then 2 sts once.

    Work Neck Decreases (in notes above) for the RS and WS rows at each neck edge for the next 3 rows.

    You will have 27 (31, 36, 40, 45, 49) sts remaining on each side. Work even until front measures same as back. Then BO and sew shoulder seams.

SLEEVES

Measure down 6 ¾ (6 ¾, 7 ¼, 7 ¾, 8 ½, 9)" from the top of the shoulder seam on both the front and back pieces, place marker on front and back where you have measured down.

With RS facing and MC, pick up and knit 54 (54, 58, 64, 68, 72) sts between markers for sleeve. Work in St st until sleeve measures 9½ (9½, 10½, 10½, 11½, 11½)" ending on a RS row.

Change to CC and work in Moss Stitch for three rows.

Next Row (RS) (Sleeve Dec Row): k2tog/p2tog, work in Moss Stitch until last 2 sts, ssk/ssp.

NOTE: To know whether you should knit or purl the decrease you must look at the 3rd st from the beginning or 3rd stitch from the end...

If the 3rd st from the beginning is knit then p2tog.
If the 3rd st from the beginning is purl then k2tog.
If the 3rd st from the end is purl then ssk.
If the 3rd st from the end is knit then ssp.

This will ensure that the Moss Stitch pattern is continuous even as you decrease the sleeve.

Continue in Moss Stitch and decrease the sleeve every other RS row 12 (12, 11, 11, 10, 10) times. 30 (30, 36, 42, 48, 52) sts.

**For size Extra Small and Small ONLY**

Work even in Moss Stitch for two rows then BO in pattern all sts.

** For size Medium and Large Only**

Work even in Moss Stitch for 3 rows then BO in pattern all sts.

**For Size Extra Large and 2X Large**

Work even in Moss Stitch for 1 row then BO in pattern all sts.

FINISHING

Sew side and sleeve seams.

  1. Neck Trim

    With RS facing and a smaller 16” circular needle, begin at left neck edge front. Using CC, pick up and knit 52 sts around neck opening. Do not join in the round. Work in Moss Stitch for 6 rows. Bind off loosely in pattern.

  2. Placket

    With RS facing and a smaller 16” circular needle, begin at the top of the placket opening on the left front. Using CC pick up and knit 24 sts along the side of the neckband, continuing down the placket opening. Work in Moss Stitch for 6 rows, bind off loosely in pattern. Repeat process on right front. Overlap the right front placket over the left front placket and sew them together at their lower edges.

  3. Weave in ends. Block to finished measurements

Abbreviations

k2tog
knit 2 sts together
p2tog
purl 2 sts together
pm
place marker
ssk
slip slip knit (1 st dec'd)
ssp
slip slip purl (1 st dec'd)
st(s)
stitch(es)
St st
Stockinette stitch: knit on RS rows, purl on WS rows.
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