This design is in response to requests I get working at an LYS for a simple pattern that doesn’t require multiple needles (this uses just one pair of 4.5mm/US 7s). As a bonus, there’s no picked up stitches or neckline cast off to deal with. The sleeves narrow out to a saddle and then are decreased away, creating a funnel neck. The back and front are exactly the same too, so just four pieces to knit, and only two different pieces.
This pattern is written with beginners in mind and includes links to YouTube tutorials for every technique (except casting on - I used the long tail method.)
This sweater is seamed up after knitting, which I know can be intimidating (or just a turn-off for lovers of circular methods) but it really doesn't take long to sew this up, and it's such a great skill to have. To make seaming easier, note how many rows you knit to complete your front body section and "knit even" section on the sleeves and then duplicate it when you knit its opposite piece. (A row counter is a great tool for this, but handwritten notes work just fine, too.) Another idea is to knit your front and back sections at the same time, and same for the sleeves.
I knit my first draft using Sublime Natural Aran and the sample shown here is knit in DROPS Air (a wonderfully soft , lightweight and affordable yarn) but any classic worsted weight will do. I'm a loose knitter and used 4.5mm needles, but if you tend towards a tighter gauge, try a 5mm instead.
ABOUT THIS PATTERN:
Number of pages: 5
Written instructions, no charts
Six women’s sizes: 33”, 36”, 39”, 45.5”, 49”, 52”
Measurements given in inches
SKILLS & TECHNIQUES:
Invisible seaming with mattress stitch
Cast on, knit, purl, ssk, knit 2 together, bind off in rib
858/920/1020/1150/1360/1485 yards worsted or aran weight yarn
US 7/4.5 mm needles, straight or circulars used as straights
16 sts/25 rows over 4”/10cm square in rib pattern