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One Week Sweater

By: Jenifer Paulousky from
One Week Sweater
One Week Sweater
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Made with cotton yarn, this lightweight One Week Sweater is ideal for that chilly transition between seasons when spring temperatures haven't quite taken hold. Designed for a closer fit, this is one of those free knit sweater patterns that looks great on all different body types and will help to enhance any natural curves. And with feminine lace detailing added to the front of the sweater, you'll have tons of fun layering this garment with your favorite tanks and tees.


Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

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I love knitted sweaters and these one looks fairly easy to make, but i think im going to make it a bycolor sweater with stripes to make it really pop out, , ill make this my next project. I wonder if the shape of the sweater will change a lot if i used wool instead of cotton. Has anyone try making this pattern with wool, that can give me an idea of the result.

I haven't knitted a sweater for a while because they are so time-consuming. This one looks a little quicker, being made top-down. The only thing I'd modify would be to add something at the bottom of the sweater to keep the stockinette stitch from curling up. I'd use either just several rows of garter stitch, or else add ribbing. Has anyone tried something like that?

I haven't tried it on this sweater specifically yet, but I was thinking the exact same thing. I used a seed rib stitch on the borders of another sweater I knitted from AFK and loved it!

I love top down raglan sweaters. I love the way the raglan 'seams' look and they are quicker and easier to do than other sweaters, once you've learned to knit in the round. I also love that they can be tried on as you go. This pattern seems fairly easy to modify with some simple math calculations or if you just simply try to match the guage. This is one pattern i know I will use over and over. thank you for sharing.

using DK yarn and the correct needles this makes life so much simpler (well, as far as knitting is concerned) as there are no seams, as has already been pointed out lol, but this pattern is not the traditional seamless style. The sleeves look to have been set in -- gives the impression that the knitter did a lot more work I like it.

I think the best aspect of top down knitted sweaters is the complete lack of seams. Just two small holes under the arms to darn closed and a couple of ends to weave in and voila! I keep trying new ways to join the next ball of yarn and so far I think I like the Russian yarn join the best, though it works better with wool yarn than it does with synthetics. I am working toward never weaving in any ends except the one at the start and the one at the end.

I'm having a problem with the yarn weight. Which one do I use to get gauge....14sts=4" or 16sts4"

14sts and 18 rows is the correct gauge, if you use the butterfly super 10 yarn, it is a dk weight yarn, not a worsted weight as stated here on all free knitting.

Hey there! Ealizabethane is completely right, the correct yarn is DK weight, which is incorrect on the site. I'll update that immediately. Thanks so much, and happy knitting!

Can this be knitted in Fingering yarn?

Hi idono5994 4339532, Different yarn weights may be used for this sweaters, however you will have to adjust your gauge accordingly. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Very simple pattern. I made it with purple cotton and another with acrylic. I have altered the pattern around the neck for a third sweater and altered the pattern around the sleeves and neck for a fourth pattern. They all took just about a week of knitting at night when I had a few hours each night.

I dont like cotton yarn that much, what do i need to know so I can find alternative yarn??

You only need to know the gauge (which is given in the pattern). Use whatever yarn you like, but try a few gauge swatches with it until you find the proper needle size.

Love the pattern, but can it be knitted in 8 ply with regular needles?

Not really because its top down, it if was bottom up then yes, you could knit it in pieces and sew them together at the end, but with this you'll lose the integrity of the design if you try to use straight needles. hope this helps.

Great sweater.....I like knitting top down sweaters although this one didn't say it was....but it is. They are quick and fun and you can try it on as you knit.


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