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Home : Patterns : Easy Adult Sweater

Free Knitting Pattern: Easy Adult Sweater

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: 1304
Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner + (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X

Finished chest 36 (40, 46, 51)inches

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Simplicity rules when choosing that first sweater project. This one-piece, square-necked pullover with knit-as-you-go borders is stylish yet easy to knit with minimal finishing.

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-107: Wool-Ease Yarn: Blue Heather
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Natural Heather Fisherman Ranch Red Blush Heather Blue Heather Navy Denim Blue Mist
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White/Multi Wheat Mushroom White Frost
*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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•  620-107 Wool-Ease Yarn: Blue Heather
$ 28.14 (6, 7, 7) 
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Easy Adult Sweater

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®


18 sts + 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


• Sweater is worked in one piece.
• Slip first st at beg of each row as if to knit.


Cast on 87 (95, 107, 129) sts.Work in garter stitch (knit all rows) for 8 rows.
Next row (RS): Slip 1 st, k to end.
Next row(WS): Slip 1, k 5, p to last 6 sts, k 6. Repeat last 2 rows 7 times more. Work even in stockinette stitch for 3".
Next row:(RS) K 1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1. Repeat this row once more when piece measures 4" from last dec – 83 (91, 103, 125) sts. Work even for 5" more.

Sleeve shaping Cast on 3 sts at beg of next 4 rows. Cast on 6 sts at beg of next 4 rows. To accommodate large number of sts, change to circular needle. Cast on 7 sts at beg of next 16 rows – 231 (239, 251, 273) sts. Work even for 7 (7, 13, 13) rows, ending with RS row.

Front neck shaping
Next row (WS): P 96 (100, 105, 115), place marker, k 39 (39, 41, 43), place marker, p 96 (100, 105, 115).
Next row (RS):Knit. Continue in this way for 8 rows, working in Garter stitch between markers. Next row (RS) K to marker, slip marker, k 5, join second ball of yarn, bind off center 29 (29, 31, 33) sts, k to end. Working both sides at same time and slipping first st at beg of neck edge, work even for 20 rows keeping garter stitch borders at neck edges.

Back neck shaping
Next row (WS): P 96 (100, 105, 115), k 5, cast on 29 (29,31, 33) sts, continue work with same ball of yarn, k 5, p 96 (100, 105, 115). Continue in this way for 8 rows, working in garter stitch between markers. Work even in stockinette stitch only for 17 (17, 23, 23) rows.

Sleeve shaping
Bind off 7 sts at beg of next 16 rows; bind off 6 sts at beg of next 4 rows; then bind off 3 sts at beg of next 4 rows – 83 (91, 103, 125) sts. Change back to straight needles if desired. Work even in stockinette stitch for 5", ending after a WS row.
Next row: K 1, inc 1 in next st, k to last 2 sts, inc 1 in next st, k 1. Repeat this row 9" from last sleeve decrease – 87 (95, 107, 129) sts.Work even for 3" more, ending after a RS row.
Next row (WS): Slip 1, k 5, p to last 6 sts, k 6.
Next row (RS): Slip 1 st, k to end. Repeat those 2 rows 7 times more.Work in garter stitch for 8 rows. Bind off loosely.


Sleeve cuff: With RS facing pick up and k 46 (46, 54, 54) sts. Work in garter stitch for 7 rows more. Bind off as if to purl. Sew sleeve and side seams.Weave in loose ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.7 (based on 3 reviews)
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Easy Adult Sweater Reviewed by Christina Reimer on 2015-03-26 *****
This was my first sweater and the results are wonderful. The pattern was easy to follow.

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