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Morning Stroll Knit Sweater

This sweater is perfect for any time of the year and any skill level!

Morning Stroll Knit Sweater
Morning Stroll Knit Sweater

Good knit pullovers for spring and summer can be so hard to find. This Morning Stroll Knit Sweater might be just what you're looking for. Lightweight and loose-fitting, it's just the thing for a brisk morning walk before the rest of the world wakes up.

This knitting pattern is essentially the shawl of all knitted sweaters, draping like a wrap and offering a loose fit, perfect for any season. Because this pattern is so simple and oversized, it's a very forgiving and customizable pattern to knit.




Is this your first time knitting in the round? Keep scrolling to learn how to knit using circular knitting needles using our handy video tutorial!

Easy

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge22 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles

Finished SizeWaist & bust: Small/medium (large/extra large): 37" (41") [94 cm (104.14 cm)] around - the pattern features no tapering and is designed with a loose fit in mind. Length from collar to bottom: 19.5" (21.60") [49.53 cm (54.86 cm)]

Materials List

  • 4 (5) skeins Hayfield Siesta DK yarn in Surf Craze (0505). Note: You may require more yarn if you choose to knit full or 3/4 sleeves instead of half-sleeves.
  • 1 pair size 7 36" circular knitting needles
  • 1 pair size 8 36" circular knitting needles
  • 1 set size 8 double-pointed needles
  • Scrap yarn
  • 4 stitch markers

Instructions

Body

CO 200 (220) sts longtail using size 7 circular needles loosely and join to work in the round. Place marker to denote beginning of the round.

Work in K2, P2 rib for 1 inch.

Switch to size 8 needles. K around in stockinette stitch until you reach about 7 inches of stockinette stitch.

Next round: P around.

Continue on in stockinette stitch again for about 5 inches.

Next round: P around

Continue on in stockinette stitch again for about 2.5 inches.

Next round: P around

Size Large/Extra Large Only:
Continue to knit 2.5 inches of stockinette stitch followed by a purl round until you reach about 18.25" [46.36 cm] or desired sweater length.

All sizes:

Next round: K around
Last round: K3, slip those 3 sts onto scrap yarn. K100 (110). Slip last 6 sts onto scrap yarn. K to end. Slip last 3 sts onto same scrap yarn from the first 3 sts. These slipped stitches will connect to the arms at the underarms. 188 (208) sts rem.

Sleeves (make 2)

CO 60 (68) sts longtail loosely using size 8 double pointed needles and join to work in the round. Place marker to denote beginning of the round.

  1. Cuff:

    Round 1: P around
    Round 2: K around
    Rep rounds 1 and 2 until cuff measures 1 inch from cast on edge.

    Alternately, if you prefer a cinched appearance, you may choose to knit a (K2, P2) ribbed cuff. For this, we recommend using size 7 double-pointed needles and switching back to size 8 after the cuff is complete.

  2. Arm

    Rounds 1-19: K around.
    Round 20: P around.
    Rounds 21-39: K around.
    Round 40: P around.
    Rounds 41-59: K around.
    Round 60: P around.

    Continue in this fashion and knit until you reach your desired arm length, excluding shoulders. Note that the example has been knit with half-length sleeves, but you can continue to knit for full or three-quarter-length sleeves.

    Next round: K around.
    Next round: K3, slip those 3 sts onto scrap yarn. K to end. Slip last 3 sts onto same scrap yarn from the first 3 sts. These slipped stitches will connect to the body at the armpit (in the same places as the two sets of 6 slipped stitches on the body).

  3. Piecing Together:

    Attach sleeve to circular knitting needles by aligning waste yarn stitches with one of the two armhole spots on the body of your work, and slipping remaining stitches onto the circular needles. Do this twice, once for each arm.

Shoulders

You should have 296 (332) stitches total on your needles for the shoulders.

Round 1: K94 (104), PM, ssk, K50 (58), K2tog, pm, K94 (104), pm, ssk, K50 (58), K2tog, pm. 292 (328) sts remain.
Round 2: ssk, K to 2 sts before the first marker, K2tog, sl marker, ssk, K to 2 sts before the next marker, K2tog, sl marker, ssk, K to 2 sts before the next marker, K2tog, sl marker, ssk, K to 2 sts before the last marker, K2tog. 284 (316) sts remain.

Rep round 2, decreasing before each marker with K2tog and after each marker with ssk, until 156 (192) sts remain. You may continue to repeat round 2 as many times as you'd like for a narrower collar. Switch to size 7 circular needles.

Next round: K2, P2 around.

Rep last round for 1 inch. Bind off loosely.

Finishing

Sew together any large openings in underarms with remaining yarn. Weave in ends. Block.

Abbreviations

CO
cast on
K
knit
P
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
rem
remain(ing)
rep
repeat(s)
pm
place marker
ssk
slip, slip, knit (slip next 2 sts knitwise onto righthand needle, insert lefthand needle in sts in front of righthand needle and knit these 2 sts together)
K2tog
knit next 2 sts together

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This is a cute sweater but the extra-large dimensions are wrong. I was suspicious because I'm an extra large and not even close to 41 inches! It should be between 42-44 inches according to this chart https//www.groupon.com/articles/womens-sizing-char == ts

This is a sweater I would really like to knit! I like the easy shape of it and especially the half length arms. Just like the name I can also see it being the perfect sweater for those cool but not cold mornings and evenings of spring and summer. Since I use circular needles a lot for knitting hats and socks, I like the idea that it is also knitted using circular needles (less pieces to sew together in the end and less seams, too). Thank you for sharing this project!

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