Simple Men's Knit Sweater Pattern
Men of all ages will love this cozy knit sweater from Bernat Yarns. This easy knitting pattern makes a great gift for dads and grandpas, and is a great wardrobe accessory for the fall and winter months. Sizes are given for small through XXL, so you'll be able to make a knit sweater for all the men in your life. Make a few in all his favorite colors so he can show off your handiwork.
NotesSizes to fit chest measurement:
S: 34-36" [87-92 cm]
M: 38-40" [97-102 cm]
L: 42-44" [107-112 cm]
XL: 46-48" [117-122 cm]
2XL: 50-52" [127-132 cm]
Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Gauge18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins 10 cm with larger needles in stocking st.
- 7 (7, 8, 8, 9) balls Bernat Denimstyle (3.5 oz/100 g) yarn *note: this yarn has been discontinued, but you can find a suitable substitute at yarnsub.com
- 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- 2 st holders
Instructions for Simple Mens Knit Sweater:
The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes, the instructions will be written thus ( ).
**With smaller needles, cast on 95 (99-103-115-125) sts.
***1st row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1.
2nd row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to last st. P1.
Rep last 2 rows (K1. P1) ribbing until work from beg measures 2½ ins [6 cm], end with a 2nd row.***
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st** until work from beg measures 27 (27½-28- 29-30) ins [68.5 (70-71-73.5-76) cm], ending with a purl row.
Cast off 30 (32-33- 38-43) sts beg next 2 rows. Leave rem 35 (35-37-39-39) sts on a st holder.
Work from ** to ** as given for Back.
Cont even until work from beg measures 24 (24½-24½-25- 25½) ins [61 (62-62-63.5-65) cm], ending with a purl row.
Next row: K38 (40-42-48-53) (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts on a spare needle.
Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 4 rows, then every follow alt row to 30 (32-33-38-43) sts.
Cont even until work measures same length as Back to shoulder ending with a purl row. Cast off. With RS of work facing slip next 19 sts from spare needle onto a st holder. Join yarn to rem sts and work as given for left side reversing shaping.
With smaller needles, cast on 43 (49-49-51-51) sts. Rep from *** to *** as given for Back.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st inc 1 st each end of needle on next and following 4th rows to 73 (77-93-97-101) sts, then every 6th row to 81 (85-95-99-103) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 17½ (18-18½-18½-19) ins [44.5 (45.5-47-47-48) cm], ending with a purl row. Cast off.
Sew right shoulder seam. With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 18 (19-20-22-24) sts down left front neck edge. K19 from front st holder. Pick up and knit 18 (19-20- 22-24) sts up right front neck edge. K35 (35-37-39-39) from back st holder, dec 1 st at center. 89 (91-95-101-105) sts.
Work 1½ ins [4 cm] of (K1. P1) ribbing as given for Back. Cast off loosely. Sew left shoulder and neckband seam.
Place markers on sides of Front and Back 9 (9½-10½-11-11½) ins [23 (24-26.5-28-29) cm] down from shoulders. Sew sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams.
Pattern Tips from Our Readers:
"For those of you that were having trouble with the sleeves of the sweater. When you get to the 6th row increase your stitches by increasing 8 more stitches to that row. If you look at the sleeve instructions before the parenthesis the 4th row increases to 73 sts and then the 6th row increases to 81 sts. Therefore it make sense to increase by 8 sts for the larger pattern." - Dragonfly3044
"After you cast off the 38 sts on the next 2 rows, you are leaving the remaining stitches on a holder. You'll be using them later for the construction on the sweater. I know this is really late, maybe it will help someone else." - Lisa
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