Okay people, it’s time for my FIRST KNIT SWEATER release! I actually made this sweater back in November, and have been wearing it ever since. I even joined my testers and made a second one – I NEVER make a second of anything, but I liked this sweater so much, I just had to. Plus, it was my first knit design ever, so I wanted to see if I could make it better and if it would be easier the second time around. (Hint: yes, it was.)
Also, testing this sweater was an incredible learning experience. I always learn so much from my testers, but this time I learned more than I ever thought possible. They say you learn by teaching, and trying to explain to ppl what I meant when I wrote my design and for them to say, “yeah, that’s an M1R invisible increase” or “I think you mean US10, not 10mm” was an absolute revelation (yes, I was that much of a beginner).
You can use any Bulky (#5) weight yarn. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Bamboo Chunky in color Apricot.
For my second sweater I used some pink light dk that I got on sale, and I tripled it! It came out slightly tighter knit, but I actually like the tighter weave a little better.
This Premier Anti-Pilling Bamboo Chunky is one of my favorite yarns. I know, I use Premier yarns SOO much, so they’re basically all my favorites, but this sweater I’ve washed at least 10 times. In the washing machine. And dried it. In the dryer. And IT STILL LOOKS PERFECT. So that’s why I’m loving this yarn.
As I may have mentioned, this was my first knit sweater design. I had never done a knit stitch, never done a purl stitch, never done a yarn over, and had no idea what M1R and M1L was. Oh, and never followed a knit pattern before! But I wanted to learn. So I just did it! I designed the easiest knit lace I could think of, with simple chevrons, and this sweater was born! The bonus is that it worked up in just days, so really there was no down side to it.
This yoke top sweater is worked in the round, split for the sleeves and body, and is never turned. Also, there’s short, ¾ and long sleeve options, as well as a tight and a loose neck option. (Yes, I may have gone a little crazy with the options! Ha!)
Any Bulky (#5) weight yarn. I used Premier Anti-Pilling Bamboo Chunky in color Apricot.
6mm (US10) and 6.5mm (US10.5) circular needles
For tight sleeve option, 3.75mm (US5) needles, straight or circular if using magic loop method
Fits as expected.
Gauge: 12 sts and 18 rows is 4” in stockinette. (This is the main body gauge. Use half a size smaller for the start of the yoke.)
Sizes: Bust: Upper Arm Circumference:
X-Small: 30” 12”
Small: 32” 13”
Medium: 36” 14”
Large: 40” 14”
XL: 44” 15”
2XL: 48” 16”
3XL: 52” 17”
4XL: 56” 17”
5XL: 60” 18”
K2tog: Knit 2 together (a decrease, where the left-most stitch is on top)
SSK: Slip, slip, knit. (a decrease, where the right-most stitch is on top)
YO: yarn over (an increase with a hole)
M1R / M1L: Make 1 Right / Make 1 Left; invisible increases
As always you are welcome to reach out if you have any questions about the pattern. Once the pattern is purchased, you may sell your finished items, as long as you give credit to me as the designer. I can be found on Instagram @springintofalldesigns, and Ravelry as SpringintoFall. Also check out my blog at SpringintoFall.design.blog. I’d love to hear from you!