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Juliet Sleeveless Sweater

Juliet Sleeveless Sweater
Juliet Sleeveless Sweater
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The Juliet Sleeveless Sweater is truly in a class of its own. The beautiful blue color and sleeveless design ensures you'll stay cool during the warmer months of the year. This knit sweater pattern is also great for layering underneath a blazer during days when the weather is unpredictable. The cord detail at the bottom of this piece really gives it something special and the subtle v-shaped design at the top will make you swoon. Start knitting this free knit sweater for summer, so you'll be ready when the sun starts to shine and the temperature starts to rise.

To fit bust: 81,86,91,97 cm, 32,34,36,38 in
Actual size: 84,89,94,99 cm, 33,35,37,39 in
Finished length: 57,58,59,60 cm, 22½ 22¾ 23¼ 23½ in
Also check sizing diagram for actual measurements.


Knitting Needle Size2 or 2.75 mm

Yarn Weight(1) Super Fine (27-32 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge27 sts and 38 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 in] over st st using 2.75 mm (US 2) needles.

Materials List

  • Artesano 4 ply Alpaca C864 Forget-me-not 4(4:5:5) x 50 gm (50 gm = 184 m/202 yds)
  • 1 pair of 2.5 mm [US 1.5] needles
  • 1 pair of 2.75 mm [US 2] needles
  • Stitch holders
  • Knitting Mill

Sweater Pattern


Using 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needles cast on 137(141:149:157) sts.
Row 1 (WS): 1 selvedge st, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, 1 selvedge st. ** Work in 1x1 rib for further 4 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Change to 2.75 mm (US 2) needles. Beg with a K row and cont in st st. Work straight until back meas 5(6:7:8) cm [2(2½.2¾:3 in], ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape sides (RS): dec 1 st on each side within selvedge st. Rep dec on every foll 12th row 5(9:9:5) times more, then on 5(0:0:5) foll 10th rows = 115(121:129:135) sts.
At the same time when back meas 9(10:11:12) cm [3½(4:4¼:4¾ in], ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row eyelet row (RS): 1 selvedge st, k4(6:10:3), yo, k2tog, * k9, yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 5(7:11:4) sts, k4(6:10:3), 1 selvedge st. Cont in st st. At the same time when back meas 30(31:32:33) cm [11¾ (12¼:12½:13 in], ending with RS facing for next row.
V-Pattern (1x1 rib)
1st row RS: place marker on centre st, k to centre st, p1, k to end.
2nd row WS: p to centre st, k1, p to end.
3rd row RS: k to 2 st rem to centre st, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k to end.
4th row WS: p to 2 st rem to centre st, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p to end.
Cont expand pattern with 2 sts on both sides of centre on foll alt row until all sts are in rib, then cont work in 1x1 rib throughout.
Work as set until back meas 38(39:39:40) cm [15(15½:15½:15¾ in], ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armhole
Keeping patt correct cast off 5(6:8:9) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Next row (RS) dec: 1 selvedge st, k1, k2 tog, knit until 4 sts rem, skpo, k1, 1 selvedge st. Rep dec on 3(3:4:4) foll 4th rows = 97(101:103:107) sts. Cont straight until armhole meas 15(15:16:16) cm [6 (6:6¼:6¼) in], ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape neck
Next row (RS): rib 26(27:27:28) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on holder. Work each side of neck separately.
Dec 1 st within selvedge st (as st show) at neckedge of next 12 rows = 14(15:15:16) sts. Work until armholes meas 19(19:20:20) cm [7½(7½:8:8 in], end with yarn at armhole edge, slip sts onto holder. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast off centre 45(47:49:51) sts in rib, rib to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.


Using 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needles cast on 137(141:149:157) sts.
Row 1 (WS): 1 selvedge st, *p1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, 1 selvedge st. Work as given for back from **.

Making Up

Knit shoulders tog.
Place back and front RS facing. Place sts on larger needles. Beg at armhole and use a third larger needle to k1 st from each needle together casting off simultaneously. Sew side seams within selvedge st. Block the garment to correct measurements, stretching v-pattern, cover with a damp cloth and let dry.
Make I-Cord: approx 160 cm [63 in], using a Knitting Mill. Pull through eyelet row.


Selvedge st
purl first st and knit last st tbl (through back of loop) on all rows
1x1 rib
* k1, p1, rep from * to end. Work K on K stitches and P on P stitches
slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over

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I really like this top although the instructions are a bit confusing. It does have a bit of detail which you can not see in the photo unfortunately. I do like working with smaller needles and I have the perfect yarn for this. It will make a lovely top and when it gets a bit cooler you can layer it. I think a solid color yarn like the one in the photo will show off the detail better. I will have to break down this pattern before starting because you have to do two things around the same time. It usually is easier than you think when you first read the directions. This will go on my list. Thank you.

I really like the look of this top. I agree that cotton, linen, bamboo or even a silk blend might be better for the warmer months. I love the tie around the waist, but I would honestly like to alter it a bit to make a thicker ribbon tie. But, even if I can't figure it out, I still will make it.

why are you moving items around, no photos, unable to "save"??????? NOT a happy knitter

Hello MZO, the "Save" button can be found at the bottom of the pattern. Is there a certain pattern you're referring to without a photo? We occasionally make enhancements in order to improve the functionality of the site. Thank you for your patience. -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I love this! It is such a simple design, but the tie around the lower section really makes it stand out. I also love how it is not too loose around the arm holes. It is nice to find a summer top that actually uses a light weight yarn. I have found many patterns that I really like, but a lot of them call for worsted weight yarn. I find worsted too warm for summer tops.

another sweater for the back-to-school deadline - ladylike while stylish plus

I can't wait to knit this !!! First pattern I have seen in a long time that I really want to knit. I agree with the bamboo or cotton for the yarn.

I'm going to do this one but I'm going to move the cord up to the natural waist line. It also might look good with the cord just under the breasts.

I like this sweater too Kate but wondered if the alpaca yarn would be too warm. I might think about making it in a nice cotton or bamboo and cotton blend. It looks super comfortable and I think it could be dressed up for office or evening wear.

This is such a cute design. I love the color too, I'm going to make a few in different colors for summer!


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