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Polar Bears and Pine Knit Sweater Pattern

Patrons Knit Jacket
Patrons Knit Jacket
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

Looking to make that perfect, winter knit jacket to wear on those snowy days? This Polar Bears and Pine Knit Sweater Pattern will keep you comfy and cozy this winter season. You'll feel as if you're wrapped in a warm wool blanket once you slip this bad boy on. These warm neutral colors will look fab on anyone, which makes this DIY winter jacket the best holiday gift to give. Aren't a knitting expert? Don't fret! This step by step guide will walk you through the DIY knitting pattern and technique. With this jacket, you'll always be nice and toasty.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Patons Classic Wool Yarn during the 12 Days of Christmas in July! This giveaway runs until July 30th and you can receive an extra entry just by commenting below on this page.

To fit bust measurement:
XS/S 28-34" [71-86.5 cm]
M 36-38" [91.5-96.5 cm]
L 40-42" [101.5-106.5 cm]
XL 44-46" [112-117 cm]
2/3XL 48-54" [122-137 cm]
4/5XL 56-62" [142-157.5 cm]

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size10.5 or 6.5 mm, 11 or 8 mm

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

Gauge12 sts and 16 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking stitch with larger needles.

Finished SizeFinished bust: XS/S 38" [96.5 cm], M 41" [104 cm], L 45" [114.5 cm], XL 49" [124.5 cm], 2/3XL 56" [142 cm], 4/5XL 63" [160 cm]

Materials List

  • Patons® Classic Wool Bulky™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 78 yds/71 m)
  • Dark Gray Heather (89042) - XS/S- 3 balls, M- 3 balls, L- 3 balls, XL- 4 balls, 2/3XL- 4 balls, 4/5XL- 4 balls
  • Vermilion Red (89705) - ​XS/S- 3, M- 3, L- 3, XL- 4, 2/3XL- 4, 4/5XL- 5
  • Gold (89610) - XS/S- 1, M- 1, L- 1, XL- 1, 2/3XL- 1, 4/5XL- 1
  • Med. Gray Heather (89044) - XS/S- 1, M- 1, L- 1, XL- 1, 2/3XL- 1, 4/5XL- 1
  • Aran (89008) - XS/S- 4, M- 4, L- 4, XL- 5, 2/3XL- 5, 4/5XL- 5
  • Sizes U.S. 10½ (6.5 mm) and U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Separating zipper

Instructions

The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s), the instructions will be written thus (M-L-XL-2/3XL-4/5XL).

Back

  1. With A and smaller needles, cast on 58 (62-66-74-86-94) sts.
    1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
    2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.
    Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing for 2" [5 cm], ending on a 2nd row and dec 1 (dec 1-inc 1-dec 1-dec 1-inc 1) st at center of last row. 57 (61-67-73-85-95) sts.

  2. Change to larger needles and work Chart I (I-I-II-II-II) in stocking st until row 50 of chart is complete, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right. Charts I and II are shown on page 5.

  3. Shape raglans: Keeping cont of chart, cast off 2 (2-2-3-3-3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 53 (57-63-67-79-89) sts.

  4. Size 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1. Rep last 2 rows 4 times more, then 1st row once. 67 sts.
    Work 1 row even from chart.

  5. Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1.
    3rd row: As 1st row.
    4th row: Work even from chart. Rep last 4 rows (0-2-3-8-6) times more. (51-45-43-25-25) sts.

  6. Sizes XS/S, M, L and XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: Work even from chart. Rep last 2 rows 15 (14-10-9) times more. 21 (21-23-23) sts.

  7. All sizes: Cast off rem sts.

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Left Front

  1. With A and smaller needles, cast on 27 (27-31-35-39-43) sts.
    1st row: (RS). *K2. P2. Rep from *to last 3 sts. K3.
    2nd row: K1. *P2. K2. Rep from *to last 2 sts. P2.
    Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing for 2" [5 cm], ending on a 2nd row and inc 1 (3-2-1-3-4) st(s) evenly across last row. 28 (30-33-36-42-47) sts.

  2. Change to larger needles and work Chart III (III-III-IV-IV-IV) in stocking st until row 50 of chart is complete, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right. Chart III is shown on page 6. Chart IV is shown on page 7.

  3. Shape raglan:
    Next row: Keeping cont of chart, cast off 2 (2-2-3-3-3) sts. Work chart to end of row. 26 (28-31-33-39- 44) sts.
    Next row: Work chart to end of row.

  4. Size 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to end of row.
    2nd row: Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1.
    Rep last 2 rows 4 times more, then 1st row once. 33 sts.
    Next row: Work chart to end of row.

  5. Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to end of row.
    2nd row: Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1.
    3rd row: As 1st row.
    4th row: Work chart to end of row.
    Rep last 4 rows (0-2-3-4-1) time(s) more. (25-22-21-24-27) sts.

  6. Size 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to end of row.
    2nd row: Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1. 25 sts.

  7. Sizes XS/S, M, L and XL only:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to end of row.
    2nd row: Work chart to end of row.
    Rep last 2 rows 9 (8-5-1) time(s) more. 16 (16-16-19) sts.

  8. All sizes: Shape neck:
    Next row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts.
    Cast off rem 4 (4-5-5-5-4) sts.
    Rejoin yarn and purl 1 row.
    Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows 3 (3-2-4-4-5) times more, at same time, dec 1 st at raglan edge (as before) until there are 3 sts.
    Next row: (WS). P3.
    Next row: K1. K2tog.
    Next row: P2.
    Next row: K2tog. Fasten off.

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Right Front

  1. With A and smaller needles, cast on 27 (27-31-35-39-43) sts.
    1st row: (RS). K3. *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
    2nd row: *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
    Rep last 2 rows (K2. P2) ribbing for 2" [5 cm], ending on a 2nd row and inc 1 (3-2-1-3-4) st(s) evenly across last row. 28 (30-33-36-42-47) sts.

  2. Change to larger needles and work Chart V (V-V-VI-VI-VI) in stocking st until row 55 of chart is complete, reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right. Chart V is shown on page 6. Chart VI is shown on page 7.

  3. Shape raglan:
    Next row: (WS).Keeping cont of chart, cast off 2 (2-2-3-3-3) sts. Work chart to end of row. 26 (28-31-33-39-44) sts.

  4. Size 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to end of row.
    Rep last 2 rows 4 times more, then 1st row once. 33 sts.
    Next row: Work chart to end of row.

  5. Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to end of row.
    3rd row: As 1st row.
    4th row: Work even from chart. Rep last 4 rows (0-2-3-4-1) time(s) more. (25-22-21-24-27) sts.

  6. Size 4/5XL only:
    1st row: (RS). Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to end of row. 25 sts.

  7. Sizes XS/S, M, L and XL only:
    1st row: (RS). Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: Work even from chart.
    Rep last 2 rows 9 (8-5-1) time(s) more. 16 (16-16-19) sts.

  8. All sizes: Shape neck:
    Next row: (RS). Cast off 4 (4-5-5-5-4) sts. Knit to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    Purl 1 row.
    Dec 1 st at neck edge on next and following alt rows 3 (3-2-4-4-5)
    times more, at same time, dec 1 st at raglan edge (as before) until there are 3 sts.
    Next row: (WS). P3.
    Next row: ssk. K1.
    Next row: P2.
    Next row: ssk. Fasten off.

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Sleeves

  1. With A and smaller needles cast on 30 (30-30-34-34-34) sts.
    Work 2" [5 cm] in (K2. P2) ribbing as given for Back, inc 1 st in center of last row. 31 (31-31-35-35-35) sts.

  2. Change to larger needles and work Chart VII in stocking st reading knit rows from right to left and purl rows from left to right, noting side incs on 5th row of chart and following 6th (4th-4th-4th-4th-4th) rows until there are 45 (39-39-43- 43-51) sts. Chart VII is shown on page 6.

  3. Sizes M, L, XL, 2/3XL and 4/5XL only:
    Keeping cont of chart, inc 1 st each end of following 6th rows until there are (47-47-51-55-55) sts.

  4. All sizes: Cont even working from chart until row 50 of chart is complete.

  5. Shape raglans: Keeping cont of chart, cast off 2 (2-2-3-3-3) sts beg next 2 rows. 41 (43-43-45-49-49) sts.
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: P1. P2togtbl. Work chart to last 3 sts. P2tog. P1.
    3rd row: As 1st row.
    4th row: Work even from chart.

  6. Size 2/3XL only:
    Rep last 4 rows twice more. 31 sts.

  7. All sizes:
    1st row: (RS). K1. K2tog. Work chart to last 3 sts. ssk. K1.
    2nd row: Work even from chart.
    Rep last 2 rows 13 (14-14-15-11-17) times more. 7 sts.
    Cast off.

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Finishing

  1. Pin pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
    Sew raglan seams. Sew side and sleeve seams.

  2. Zipper edging:
    With RS facing, A and smaller needles, pick up and knit 59 (59-59-61-61-61) sts evenly up Right Front edge between cast on edge and neck edge.
    Knit 2 rows (garter st). Cast off knitwise (WS).
    Rep along Left Front edge between neck edge and cast on edge.

  3. Collar:
    With A and smaller needles,cast on 3 sts.
    1st row: (WS). K3.
    2nd row: (outer edge) Sl1P. Kfb. K1.
    3rd row: K3. P1.
    4th row: Sl1P. (Kfb) twice. K1.
    5th and alt rows: Knit to last st. P1.
    6th, 8th, 10th and 12th rows: Sl1P. Kfb. Knit to last 2 sts. Kfb. K1.
    14 sts at end of 12th row.
    14th, 16th, 18th, 20th and 22nd rows: Sl1P. Kfb. Knit to end of row. 19 sts at end of 22nd row.
    24th row: Sl1P. Knit to end of row.
    25th row: Knit to last st. P1.
    Rep last 2 rows until Collar from beg measures 15½ (15½-16-16-16½-16½)" [39.5 (39.5-40.5-40.5-42-42) cm] (when slightly stretched), ending on a WS row.
    1st row: (RS). Sl1P. K2tog. Knit to end of row.
    2nd row: Knit to last st. P1.
    Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 14 sts.

  4. 1st row: (RS). Sl1P. K2tog. Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1.
    2nd row: Knit to last st. P1. Rep last 2 rows 4 times more. 4 sts.
    Next row: Sl1P. K2tog. K1. 3 sts. Cast off knitwise (WS).

  5. Pin inner edge of Collar to neck edge, having cast on and cast off edges of Collar along cast off edges of neck edge and allowing RS of outer edge to be visible when Collar is turned back. Sew in position.
    Sew zipper in position under edgings, taking care to match pat.

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Abbreviations

Alt
Alternate(ing)
Beg
Begin(ning)
Cont
Continue(ity)
K2tog
Knit next 2 stitches together
Kfb
Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
P2tog
Purl next 2 stitches together
P2togtbl
Purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
Sl1P
Slip next stitch purlwise
Ssk
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together
WS
Wrong side
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  • The winner will be contacted on the morning of July 31, 2017.
  • Email address provided in their account (please do NOT leave your email address in the comments- you already provided it when you created your account).
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  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada. Excludes Quebec and Puerto Rico.

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This sweater is absolutely adorable. I really love that it has a sort of Native American/ western look to it. The charts could also be easily changed, along with the colors to give it a totally different look. My youngest would look so cute in this. It is perfect for fall but, could still be used just as much in winter. I will definitely have to add this sweater to my never ending list of the thungs I want to make.

I love this pattern and would love to knit it for this winter. I have been wanting to make a knitted jacket.

I only crochet but at times like this I do wish I knew how to knit. This pattern is so pretty !

I like to try new or different patterns. I like to knit hats, cowls, fingerless mitts, and shawls for the winter.

I have been knitting socks since I was really young, so I think socks are my favourite. They are also small and very portable.

This makes me REALLY want to learn knitting! I crochet, but I love the clothing like this that you can make by knitting. The pattern looks incredibly overwhelming though!

I am fairly knew to knitting, so I look for simple patterns to make blankets and throws. I like to use up all sorts of yarn odd and ends, and the more color the better. I prefer modern designs.

This one looks beyond my knitting abilities at the moment, but I'd certainly be interested in giving it my best shot!

Thank you for this great tutorial! My favorite winter knitting patterns are anything with snowflakes or moose.

I have loved these sweaters for over 40 years. My dearest friend made one for each of her family members. She spent so much time making these, I didn't have the heart to ask her to make me one even though she would of. She passed away a few weeks ago and willed me her pattern, hopefully her family finds it for me. I have just started to knit and want to make my husband and son sweaters in her memory, she tried to teach me to knit and crochet but my heart was not into it til her final year. This brought her much happiness as it did me sharing this love with her. Thank you for this pattern. MY SON WILL LOVE THIS ONE.

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