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Relaxed Spring Pullover

Relaxed Spring Pullover
Relaxed Spring Pullover
This image courtesy of redheart.com

The Relaxed Spring Pullover is the perfect addition to your transitional weather wardrobe. This free knit sweater features a beautiful mix of colors in a stunning loose knit. This stress-free knitting pattern is super comfy to wear. You can throw this relaxed sweater over any type of outfit to create a comfortable, yet put-together look. Whether you're new to the world of knitting or a seasoned pro, you will certainly appreciate such a simple, yet versatile design. The sleeves of this pullover hit at the elbows, so there's no need to worry about rolling up your sleeves. It doesn't get much better than this knit sweater pattern.

Sweater is worked in two pieces. A super
stretchy bind off used on front piece to allow for a lovely drape at neckline. Because of the loose nature of st, pieces will stretch when worn. Measurements given are for when pieces are laying on a flat surface.

Finished Bust: 70 (78, 86, 94, 102, 110, 118)”
[178 (198, 218, 239, 259, 314, 300) cm]
Finished Length: 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26)”
[51 (51, 56, 56, 61, 61, 66) cm]

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Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm, 15 or 10 mm

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

Gauge8 sts = 4” [10 cm]; 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Reverse Stockinette stitch using larger needles. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeDirections are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X and 4X are in parentheses.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Boutique Unforgettable: 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls 3956 Polo
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 8mm [US 11] and 10mm [US 15]
  • Yarn needle

Back and Front (both worked same until bind off)

With smaller needles, cast on 70 (78, 86, 94, 102, 110, 118) sts.
Rows 1-7: [K1, p1] to end of row.
Change to larger needles and work in Rev St st until piece measures 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26)” [51 (51, 56, 56, 61, 61, 66) cm] from beginning when laid flat.
Bind off using Super Stretchy Bind Off for Front and regular bind off for Back.

Finishing

Measure and mark center 9” [23 cm] on Back piece. Sew shoulders, leaving center 9” unsewn for neck.
Measure and mark 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11)” [20.5 (20.5, 23, 23, 25.5, 25.5, 28) cm] from shoulder edge along sides for armholes. Sew remaining 12 (12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15)” [30.5 (30.5, 33, 33, 35.5, 35.5, 38) cm] of sides closed. Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

Super Stretchy Bind Off
K2, [slip 2 sts just worked back on to left hand needle and k2tog, k1] across to last st. Fasten off.
Rev St st (Reverse Stockinette St)
Knit one row, purl one row, the same as Stockinette St. But use the purl side as the right side of the garment.
cm
centimeters
k
knit
mm
millimeters
p
purl
Rev St st
reverse Stockinette stitch
st(s)
stitch(es)
[]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified

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I'm really drawn to this. It kind of looks poncho-ish but has sleeves in it. I've never worn a poncho because I think it would drive me crazy not to be able to get my arms out. Has anyone tried this with yarn other than the yarn given?

This pullover looks really quick and simple to make. It reminds me of the over-sized mesh shirts we wore in the '80s. I will definitely be making a few of these. I miss these tops. Worsted weight yarn is so heavy. Has anyone tried making this with a lighter weight?

How much ease should be calculated for this sweater? I am unsure of what size to make. Thank you!

I had the exact same question. Can you supply more explicit sizing instructions, please.

This sweater looks perfect for a teenager or someone who is young at heart - and looks to be as much fun to knit as it will be to wear already I know that I will have to knit two

This will be great for Spring when the weather is warm one day and cold the next. The pattern looks easy to follow too! Can't wait to try this project!

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