Late summer boat trips on the lake were the inspiration for this marled cotton sweater - just as the days slowly give way to an earlier evening breeze and you need a lightweight sweater on hand just in case. Picture yourself with the wind in your face while yachting in the mediterranean and you’ll never want to take it off! Enjoy the free pattern below in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn, or purchase an ad-free, printable version here.
This is an easy+ level knitting pattern and the techniques involved are knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, picking up sts, and working in the round on double pointed needles. It's a great pattern for a first sweater!
3 (4, 4, 5) skeins each Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in colors Black (color A) and Ecru (color B), or approx. 1116yds/ 1020m (1488yds/1360m, 1488yds/1360m, 1860yds/ 1700m) total of another DK weight, cat. 3 yarn
Size US 15/10mm circular knitting needles, 29”/75cm long
Size US 15/10mm double pointed needles
Width: 19”/48cm (S), 20.5”/52cm (M), 22”/ 56cm (L), 23.5”/60cm (XL)
Length: 21”/53cm (S), 22”/56cm (M), 23”/ 58cm (L), 24”/61cm (XL)
10 sts + 12 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms*
CO - cast on
K - knit
K2tog - knit 2 together
P - purl
Rep - repeat
RS - right side
SSK - slip, slip, knit
St(s) - stitch(es)
Note: 24/7 cotton is listed as a worsted weight yarn, but I find it to be lighter and more suitable to light worsted/dk weight, but any substitute yarn should be checked against the gauge. Garment is worked from the bottom up, and front and back are the same. Sleeves are picked up and knit from armholes and worked in the round down to the cuffs. Pattern is worked with two strands of yarn held together throughout. Be sure to follow the directions for the size you are making: S (M, L, XL).
Front and Back
Using circular needles, CO 48 (52, 56, 60) sts with one strand each of color A and color B held together.
Rows 1-6: *K 1, P 1, rep from * to end of row.
Row 7 (RS): K.
Row 8: P.
Rep rows 7 and 8 until work measures 21”/53cm (22”/56cm, 23”/58cm, 24”/61cm).
Bind off loosely. Seam shoulders from outside edges in approx. 6”/15cm (6.25”/16cm, 6.5”/17cm, 7”/18cm), on either side, leaving neckline large enough to fit over head easily (it will be a boat neck shape). Fold at shoulder seams and place markers 9”/23cm (9.5”/24cm, 10”/25.5cm, 10.5”/ 27cm) down each side to mark underarms. Seam sides from bottom edge to markers, leaving the 9”/23cm (9.5”/24cm, 10”/25.5cm, 10.5”/27cm) on each side un-seamed for the armholes.
Using double pointed needles with one strand each of color A and color B held together, and starting at underarm where side seam ends, pick up and knit 38 (42, 46, 50) sts evenly around right armhole. Place marker for beginning of round.
Rounds 1-4: K.
Round 5: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (36, 40, 44, 48 sts) Rounds 6-8: K.
Round 9: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (34, 38, 42, 46 sts) Rounds 10-12: K.
Round 13: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (32, 36, 40, 44 sts) Rounds 14-16: K.
Round 17: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (30, 34, 38, 42 sts) Rounds 18-20: K.
Round 21: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (28, 32, 36, 40 sts) Rounds 22-24: K.
Round 25: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (26, 30, 34, 38 sts) Rounds 26-28: K.
Round 29: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (24, 28, 32, 36 sts) Rounds 30-32: K.
Size S only:
Rounds 33-38: *K 1, P 1, rep from * to end of round.
Sizes M only:
Round 33: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (26 sts) Rounds 34 and 35: K.
Rounds 36-41: *K 1, P 1, rep from * to end of round.
Size L only:
Round 33: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (30 sts) Rounds 34-36: K.
Round 37: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (28 sts) Round 38: K.
Rounds 39-44: *K 1, P 1, rep from * to end of round.
Size XL only:
Round 33: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (34 sts)
Rounds 34-36: K.
Round 37: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (32 sts) Rounds 38-40: K.
Round 41: K 1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K 1. (30 sts) Rounds 42-47: *K 1, P 1, rep from * to end of round.
Bind off loosely. Rep for left armhole. Secure and weave in all ends.
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