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Men's Weekend Sweater

Updated October 11, 2018
Mens Weekend Sweater
Mens Weekend Sweater
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Perfect for wearing during both work and play, this Men's Weekend Sweater is one of those free knit sweater patterns you'll be dying to make for all the men in your life, or maybe even for yourself! Made with chunky yarn, this sweater should stand the test against even the harshest of winter weather.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge15 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10cm) with 6 mm needles in stocking st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE.  Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Materials List

  • Red Heart Comfort Chunky Yarn - Art N405

    • Sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: 2 balls

    • Sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44: 3 balls


  • Two 5mm (US 8) and two 6 mm (US 10) knittnig needles or whichever needles you require to achieve gauge.
  • Stitch holders

Instructions

The instructions are written for size 6. Any changes necessary for sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 26, 38, 40, 42, and 44 are written in parentheses: ( )

Sizes:

Size 6:
Chest Measurement: 26" (66 cm)
Finished Chest: 28 1/2" (72 cm)
Length at center back: 20 1/2" (52 cm)
Sleeve seam: 12" (31 cm)

Size 8:
Chest Measurement: 28" (71 cm)
Finished Chest: 30 1/2" (77 cm)
Length at center back: 21" (53 cm)
Sleeve seam: 14" (35 cm)

Size 10:
Chest Measurement: 30" (76 cm)
Finished Chest: 32" (81 cm)
Length at center back: 22 1/2" (57 cm)
Sleeve seam: 15 1/2" (39 cm)

Size 12:
Chest Measurement: 32" (81 cm)
Finished Chest: 34" (86 cm)
Length at center back: 24" (61 cm)
Sleeve seam: 17" (43 cm)

Size 14:
Chest Measurement: 34" (86 cm)
Finished Chest: 37" (94 cm)
Length at center back: 25" (63 cm)
Sleeve seam: 17" (43 cm)

Size 36:
Chest Measurement: 36" (91 cm)
Finished Chest: 38" (96 cm)
Length at center back: 26" (66 cm)
Sleeve length: 18" (46 cm)

Size 38:
Chest Measurement: 38" (97 cm)
Finished Chest: 40" (102 cm)
Length at center back: 26 1/2" (67 cm)
Sleeve length: 18" (46 cm)

Size 40:
Chest Measurement: 40" (102 cm)
Finished Chest: 42" (107 cm)
Length at center back: 27" (69 cm)
Sleeve length: 18 1/2" (47 cm)

Size 42:
Chest Measurement: 42" (107 cm)
Finished Chest: 44" (112 cm)
Length at center back: 30" (76 cm)
Sleeve length: 18 1/2" (47 cm)

Size 44:
Chest Measurement: 44" (112 cm)
Finished Chest: 26" (117 cm)
Length at center back: 32" (81 cm)
Sleeve length: 19" (48 cm)

Back

With 5 mm needles cast on 50 sts (54, 58, 60, 64, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82) and work (K1. P1) ribbing for 2 (2, 2½, 2½, 2½, 2½, 3, 3, 3, 3) ins, 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) cm, ending with right side facing for next row and increasing 7 sts (4, 4, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7) evenly across last row.

Change to 6 mm needles and proceed in pattern as follows:

Next Row: *K3, P1 repeat from * to last stitch K1 (RS). Repeat last row for pattern until back from beginning measures 12½ (14½, 14½, 15½, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17½, 18) ins, 32 (37, 37, 39, 39, 41, 44, 44, 45, 46) cm or desired length to underarm, ending with right side facing for next row.

  1. To shape armholes:

    Next Row: Cast off 2 sts.

    Pattern to end of row.

    Next Row: Cast off 2 sts. Pattern to end of row.
    Next Row: K2tog. Pattern to last 2 sts. K2tog. Work 3 rows even in pattern.
    Next Row: K2tog. Pattern to last 2 sts. K2tog. Work 3 rows even in pattern.
    Next Row: Continue in pattern, decreasing 1 st each end of needle on next, then every alternate row to 19 (21, 21, 23, 23, 25, 27, 27, 27, 29) sts on needle. Work 1 row in pattern. Leave remaining sts on a stitch holder.

Front

Work as given for back to 33 (35, 35, 41, 41, 42, 45, 49, 49, 51) sts on needles. Work 1 row even.

  1. To shape neck:

    K2tog. Pattern 8 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12). K2tog. Turn. Leave remaining sts on a stitch holder

    Working on these 10 (10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14) sts in pattern dec 1 st each end of needle on following 2 alternate rows. 6 (6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts on needle.

    Keeping neck edge even, continue decreasing 1 st every alternate row at armhole edge to 2 sts on needle. Work 1 row even.

    Next Row: K2tog. Fasten off.

    With right side of work facing, slip next 9 (11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 17, 17, 17, 19) sts on to a st holder for centre front neck. Join yarn to remaining sts. Work 2tog. Pattern to last 2 sts. Work 2 tog.
    Continue to correspond to opposite side reversing all shapings.

  2. Sleeves:

    With 5 mm needles cast on 24 (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 32, 32, 35, 36) sts and work in rib as given for back - increasing 5 ( 3, 3, 5, 5, 3, 5, 5, 2, 5) sts on last row of rib.

    Change to 6mm needles and proceed taking increased stitches into pattern, inc 1 st each end of needle on 3rd (5th, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 5th, 5th) row then every following 9th (10th, 8th, 9th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 7th, 7th, 7th) row to 41 (43, 47, 49, 51, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65) sts.

    Continue even until sleeve from beginning measures 12 (14, 15½, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18½, 18½, 19) ins 31 (35, 38, 43, 43, 46, 46, 47, 47, 48) cm or desired length to underarm, ending with RIGHT side facing for next row.

  3. To shape armholes:

    Next row: Cast off 2 sts.

    Pattern to end of row.

    Next row: Cast off 2 sts. Pattern to end of row.
    Next row: K2tog, pattern to last 2 sts. K2tog. Work
    3 rows even in pattern.
    Next row: K2tog, pattern to last 2 sts. K2tog. Work 3 rows even in pattern.

    Continue in pattern decreasing 1 st each end of needle on next, then every alternate row until 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts remain on needle.

    Work 1 row even. Leave these sts on a stitch holder.

To Make Up

Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves leaving left back armhole seam open.

  1. Neckband:

    Working in K1, P1 rib, with right side of work facing and 5 mm needles work 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts from left sleeve. Pick up and work 10 (10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13) sts down left side of neck. Work sts from front st holder. Pick up and work 10 (10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13) sts up right side of neck. Work 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) sts from right sleeve. Work 19 (21, 21, 23, 23, 25, 27, 27, 27, 29) sts from stitch holder, increasing 2 sts evenly across back 60 (64, 64, 69, 69, 75, 79, 83, 83, 87) sts on needle. Work in (K1, P1) ribbing for 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) rows. Cast off.

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Hello, I am a novice knitter. I'm wondering about the pattern once I cast of or decrease for the arm holes. It says continue pattern...so do I continue kkkp? Or, do I consider the cast off loop as a knit and continue with kkp?

UniSex, Many sizes on pattern

am I mis-reading the pattern or is there a mistake? size 10, cast on 58, increase 4, makes 62. Main pattern is a repeat of 4 plus one at the end. 58+4=62, so there is an extra stitch at the end, as multiple of 4=60 plus 1=61. Please advise.

I just checked the pattern on the red heart website and there are mistakes here, this is what I found Back With 5 mm needles cast on 50 sts (54, 58, 60, 64, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82) and work (K1. P1) ribbing for 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) ins, 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) cm, ending with right side facing for next row and increasing 3 sts (3, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7) evenly across last row. Change to 6 mm needles and proceed in pattern as follows. On the red heart website this project is called the Outdoor Sweater and you may want to print it from there instead of here. Hope this helps someone, happy knitting.

Am I mis-reading the pattern or is there a mistake? Size 10, cast on 58, increase 4 for a total of 62. The main pattern is a repeat of 4, plus 1 at the end. 62 stitches makes one extra. 4x15=60, with 1 k at the end makes 61. Please advise.

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