Women's Sport Sweater

A zippered sweater for your choice of colours, whether you knit like an aspiring witch or wizard or just want a comfy sweater for practical wear. 

This is a sporty zip-cardigan sweater with a 3.5-inch stripe across the chest and sleeves, inspired by the sport pullovers worn by some beloved characters in a certain popular film/book series. This is a free pattern which uses worsted-weight yarn knit at 5.5 sts/inch. A plus-size version of this pattern will be available shortly.

Skill Level

Knitters will be required to work increases and decreases, k2, p2 ribbing, set-in sleeves, sew seams, pick up stitches to work a collar, insert pockets (for cardigan version, if desired) and install a zipper (for cardigan version).

Gauge

5.5 sts/7 rows = 1 inch, in stockinette stitch using 4.0mm needles, or using needle size necessary to obtain gauge. (Take time to swatch and check for gauge before beginning the pattern)


Size Measurements (for completed sweaters)
XS (S, M, L, XL)

(To fit bust size: 30 (32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46) )

Chest: 34 [37, 41, 45, 49] inches (when fully stretched)
Length: 23.5 [24, 24.5, 24.5, 25] inches

Sleeve length from cuff to armhole: 16.75 (17.75, 18.25, 18.25, 18.75) ins

Required Materials

This sweater uses worsted-weight yarn knit at a slightly tighter-than-usual gauge for a smooth and warm finished result. If you wish to substitute DK-weight yarn, be sure to knit the first 8-10 rows of the body and sleeves in a slightly tighter gauge. The navy blue and grey sweater pictured above has both been made with Elann Collection Peruvian Highland Wool from www.elann.com.

Yarn Requirments

Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL)

Main Colour: 1100 [1300, 1400, 1600, 1700] metres

Contrast Colour: 300 [400, 400, 400, 500] metres

1 16-inch US 6/4.0mm circular needle (to work collar)

1 set US 6/4.0 mm straight needles (to work sleeves and left and right front pieces for cardigan)

1 US 6/4.0 mm circular needle, 24-inch or longer (to work back piece and front piece for pullover)

2-way zipper, in length to fit length of sweater with collar (for zip cardigan; sweater shown uses 24” zipper)

2 stitch-holders or waste yarn

tapestry needle (to sew seams)

safety pins (for blocking)

 

Pattern Notes:

A lit of abbreviations and notations used may be found at the end of the pattern.

This pattern is written for the smallest size, with instructions for each larger size in brackets ( ). For ease of use, identify which number corresponds with the size you are knitting, and highlight or circle the appropriate pattern instructions before beginning.

This sweater has been designed with a minimum of 2-3 inches of ease around the chest, when the ribbing is fully stretched. However, it is not recommended that the sweater be blocked fully stretched. The ribbing will collapse to comfortably fit the body of the wearer. This pattern contains instructions for accent stripes along the hem and/or sleeves, and/or collar, like the cardigan pictured above. Feel free to adjust these if you wish - knit the stripes in the location of your liking, or not at all, if you prefer.

Read through the entire pattern instructions before casting on. Some instructions happen concurrently with others (for example, you may need to change colours at the same time as you work side shaping).

Please note also that this pattern (like many sweater patterns) requires you to work increases and decreases, and sew various kinds of seams, but does not provide specific directions on how to do this. If you are new to these techniques, you will be able to find instructions for such methods in knitting reference guides such as ‘Stitch and Bitch’ (Debbie Stoller), ‘Vogue Knitting’, ‘Vogue Knitting Quick Reference’ ‘Knitting Without Tears’ (Elizabeth Zimmerman), etc.

 

Pattern: Women’s Sweater Size XS-XL

Back

CO 102 (106, 118, 126, 136) sts with MC.

(RS) k2, p2, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2. This sets up the 2x2 ribbing pattern.

Continue in ribbing for a total of 8 rows. Work the next 4 rows in CC. Continue to work in ribbing using MC until piece measures 2 ins from beginning, ending with a RS row.

Shape hips: (RS) Dec* 1 st each end of needle, and again every 4th row, 8 times. 86 (90, 102, 110, 120) sts rem. Work even in ribbing until piece measures 8 ins from beginning, ending with a WS row.

*Note: Decreases should be done while maintaining ribbing pattern, and while maintaining k2 at each end of the RS rows. (This will aid seaming later on.)

Shape sides: (RS) Inc 1 st each end of needle**, and again every 8th row, 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) times. 98 (102, 114, 122, 134) sts rem.

AT THE SAME TIME as the side shaping, work stripe in CC: When piece measures 12.75 (12.75, 12.75, 13, 13) ins from beg, ending with WS row, switch to CC. Continue until piece measures 16.25 (16.25, 16.25, 16.5, 16.5) from beg, ending with WS row.

Switching back to MC, work 2 rows even.

***Note: Increases should be done while maintaining ribbing pattern, and while maintaining k2 at each end of the RS rows.

Shape armholes: BO 4 (4, 5, 7, 10) at beginning of next 2 rows.

(RS) dec 1 st at each end of row, and on the next 4 (4, 4, 7, 9) RS rows. 80 (84, 94, 94, 104) sts rem.

Continue to work even in ribbing until piece measures 7 (7.5, 8, 8, 8.25) ins from beg of armhole, ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders: Work 20 (22, 22, 24, 24) and move these sts to stitch holder. BO 40 (40, 50, 46, 56), work 20 (22, 22, 24, 24) sts. At this point, shoulders will be worked 1 at a time.

Right shoulder: (WS) BO 6 (6, 6, 8, 8) sts, work 14 (16, 16, 16, 18).

(RS) Work 14 (16, 16, 16, 18) sts in ribbing.

(WS) BO 6 (8, 8, 8, 8) sts, work 8 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts in ribbing.

(RS) Work 8 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts.

(WS) BO 8 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts.

Left shoulder (take up stitches left on stitch holder):

(WS) work 20 (22, 22, 24, 24) sts in ribbing.

(RS) BO 6 (6, 6, 8, 8) sts, work 14 (16, 16, 16, 18).

(WS) Work 14 (16, 16, 16, 18) sts in ribbing.

(RS) BO 6 (8, 8, 8, 8) sts, work 8 (8, 8, 8, 10) in ribbing.

(WS) BO 8 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts.

 

Right Front

CO 50 (54, 62, 66, 70) sts with MC.

(RS) k2, p2, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2. This sets up the 2x2 ribbing pattern.

Continue in ribbing for a total of 8 rows. Work the next 4 rows in CC. Continue to work in ribbing using MC until piece measures 2 ins from beg, ending with a RS row.

Shape hip: Dec 1 st at left edge of needle on RS row, and again every 4th row, 7 more times. 42 (46, 54, 58, 62) sts rem.

Continue to work even in ribbing until piece measures 8 ins from beg.

AT THE SAME TIME as the hip shaping, work pockets (if desired):

Pockets: When front piece measures 3.5 ins, begin pocket shaping.

(RS) Work 38 sts in ribbing, then place these sts on a stitch holder. Work to end of row according to pattern.

On a separate needle, CO 28 (28, 30, 30, 32) sts. These stitches will begin the pocket lining.

Pick up and continue working stitches remaining on the other needle according in ribbing. You have now joined the pocket lining stitches with the side stitches.

Continue to work (remembering to include side shaping at end of RS rows where necessary) pocket lining in St st and side stitches in ribbing for an additional 4.5 ins, ending with a WS row.

With a new strand of yarn, work across the 38 sts left behind on stitch holder. These will form the front of the pocket. Continue to work these stitches in ribbing for 4.5 ins, ending with a WS row. The pocket lining and pocket front will now be the same length.

(RS) Work 8 (8, 6, 6, 4) sts in ribbing, from pocket front piece. Continue to work in ribbing, working pocket front stitches together with stitches from pocket lining. In other words, knit stitches will always involve putting the needle knitwise through the knit stitch on the pocket front, then through the knit stitch on the pocket lining (behind the pocket front stitches), and k2tog; Purl stitches will always involve putting the needle purlwise through the purl stitch on the pocket lining (in back), then through the purl stitch on the pocket front, then p2tog. The result is that you will be working the front piece and lining piece together on the same row, joining the 2 pieces without the need to sew a seam later.

Continue to work the remaining side stitches in ribbing to the end of the row. 42 (46, 54, 58, 62).

Continue with front piece according to pattern until work measures 8.5 ins from beg, then work side shaping.

Once front piece has been completed and blocked, return to pocket to pick up 30 sts along vertical edge of pocket opening. Work in k2, p2 ribbing until edging measures 0.5 ins. BO in rib. Sew edges to front piece. Sew lining seam into wrong side of front piece, taking care not to allow stitches to show on front side.

 

Shape sides: Inc 1 st at left edge of RS of needle, every 8 rows, 4 (4, 6, 6, 7) times. 46 (50, 60, 64, 69) sts rem.

AT THE SAME TIME as the side shaping, work stripe in CC: When piece measures 12.75 (12.75, 12.75, 13, 13) ins from beg, ending with WS row, switch to CC. Continue until piece measures 16.25 (16.25, 16.25, 16.5, 16.5) ins from beg, ending with a RS row.

Work 2 rows in MC.

Shape armholes: (WS) BO 3 (4, 6, 7, 10) sts at beg of row (armhole edge). Work sts as they appear to end of row. 43 (46, 54, 57, 59) sts rem.

(RS) Work sts as they appear to last 4 sts, k2tog, (1 st decreased at armhole edge).

Repeat this decrease row on the next 2 (3, 3, 6, 9) RS rows. 40 (42, 50, 50, 50) sts rem.

Work even in ribbing until work measures 21 (21.5, 22, 22, 22.5) ins from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape neck: (RS) Work 6 (6, 8, 8, 8) sts, transfer to stitch holder (this is the neck edge). Work sts as they appear to end of row. Continuing in ribbing, BO 3 sts at neck edge on next 2 RS rows, then BO 2 sts at neck edge on next 3 (3, 5, 4, 4) RS rows, then 1 st at neck edge on next 8 (6, 8, 6, 6) RS rows. 20 (22, 22, 24, 24) sts rem. Continue to work evenly in ribbing until work measures 23.25 (23.75, 24.25, 24.25, 24.75) ins from beg.

(RS) Work 6 (8, 10, 10, 10) sts in ribbing, transfer to stitch holder.
Dec (BO) 3 sts at neck edge, then again on the next 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) RS rows. BO 2
sts at neck edge on the next 3 (3, 5, 6, 6) rows, then BO 1 st at neck edge on the next 2 (1, 1, 1, 1) RS row(s).

20 (20, 22, 24, 24) sts rem. Continue to work evenly in ribbing until work measures 23.25 (23.75, 24.25, 24.25, 24.75) ins from beg.

Shape shoulder: (WS) BO 6 (8, 6, 8, 8) sts, work 14 (14, 16, 16, 16).

(RS) Work 14 (14, 16, 16, 8) in ribbing.

(WS) BO 6 (6, 8, 8, 8) sts, work 8 (8, 8, 8, 8) in ribbing.

(RS) Work 8 (8, 8, 8, 8) sts.

(WS) BO 8 (8, 8, 8, 8).

 

Left Front

Work as for Right Front, reversing all shaping.

 

Sleeve (Make 2)

CO 50 (50, 54, 58, 64) sts with MC.

K2, p2, [k2, p2] until last 2 sts, k2.

Continue in ribbing for a total of 8 rows. Work the next 4 rows in CC. Continue to work in ribbing using MC until piece measures 2 ins from beginning, ending with a RS row.

Continue to work in k2, p2 ribbing until piece measures 5 ins from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape sleeves: (RS) Inc 1 st each end of needle, every 6rows, 12 (12, 13, 15, 15) times. 26 (26, 26, 30, 30) sts increased. 74 (74, 80, 88, 94) sts rem. Continue to work even in ribbing.

AT THE SAME TIME as sleeve shaping, work stripe in CC: When piece measures 13.25 (14.25, 14.75, 14.75, 15.25) ins from beg, switch to CC. Continue in ribbing until piece measures 16.75 (17.75, 18.25, 18.25, 18.75) ins from beg, ending with a WS row. Switch to MC, work 2 rows even in ribbing.

Shape sleeve cap: BO 3 (4, 6, 7, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 68 (66, 68, 74, 74) sts rem.

Dec 1 st each end of RS row, 11 (13, 12, 12, 12) times.

Dec 1 st each end of every row, 14 (12, 13, 15, 14) times.

BO 4 (4, 4, 3, 4) sts beg of next 2 rows. 10 (10, 10, 14, 16) sts rem.

BO 10 (10, 10, 14, 16) sts.

 

Finishing

Block pieces as desired according to yarn fiber content (stitch holders still remain on front pieces). Do not block the pieces fully stretched.

Sew shoulder seams.

Sew in sleeves.

Sew sleeve seams.

Sew side seams.

Work collar according to instructions below:

 

Collar

Transfer sts from left side stitch holder onto needle, then pick up collar sts*** evenly along rest of left side, back neck, and right side, then transfer sts from right side stitch holder onto needle.

***Do this while keeping consistent with the k2, p2, ribbing, but work the collar stitches in k2, p1, ribbing. So, working on the right side of the work, pick up 1 st for every k st, and 1 st for every 2 p sts.

Staying consistent with ribbing, work collar in k2, p1 ribbing for 3 ins. (Include 4 rows of CC for collar stripe as for Pullover, if desired.)

BO in ribbing.

Install zipper (for cardigan).****

Weave in all ends.

Remember to finish pocket edging and seaming if you have not already done so.

**** For my zipper installation, I used the Vogue Knitting ‘Quick Reference’ guide for instructions. Some zipper installation tutorials can also be found online at:

http://www.chicknits.com/ttizipper.shtml

http://www.claudiasblog.net/2006/03/everything_i_know_about_puttin.html

Knitting Abbreviations/Notations used:

beg = beginning

BO = bind off/cast off

CC = contrast colour

CO = cast on

dec = decrease

in(s) = inch(es)

inc = increase

k = knit

m1 = make 1 stitch

MC = main colour

p = purl

rem = remaining

RS = right side

Ssk = slip, slip, knit

Ssp = slip, slip, purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

St st = stockinette st

WS = wrong side




Pattern design by Glenna C, © 2006-2007.

This pattern is designed for personal use only, and is not for any other use or distribution. No copyright infringement is intended. This pattern and any garments made from it are NOT to be distributed for re-sale.

Last edited: February 19, 2007