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☀️Easy Knit Lightweight Sweater Pattern

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Girl in a hand knit white summer sweater

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Who doesn’t want an easy lightweight sweater to knit? I know I love light and airy projects during the winter months, especially if it’s a piece I can also use as a layer in the evenings.

And to save the day when it comes to comfort, enter Knit Picks Comfy Cotton. It’s the perfect summer knit yarn. This fingering weight yarn comes in so many color options, from pastels to bolds.

Girl in a hand knit white summer sweater

The fingering weight yarn makes this a great project for on the go. It’s not going to weigh down your knit travel bag. Plus this project is created as one piece! Yep, there aren’t a lot of pieces to deal with, the knit construction creates a solid fabric. The only seaming is across the arms and down the sides, so easy peasy.

Are you afraid to try a knit garment pattern? Don’t sweat it! I’ve got a knit video tutorial below to help guide you through the important steps. This is a free knit sweater pattern but you can also purchase the easy on-the-go printable with the purchase buttons above.

Easy Knit Lightweight Sweater Supplies:

Knitting Needles:

Needles: Size 6 (4.0mm) circular

min 32 inches – 2 sets make it easier

Notions:

Removable stitch markers if needed
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Scissors
Stitch holder or waste yarn

Yarn:

Knit Picks Comfy Fingering
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic
218yds/50g
Colorway: White
4 (4, 4, 5, 5) (5, 6, 6, 7) Balls

Yardage:

Calculated for Long Sleeves:
Extra Small: 700yds (640m)
Small: 750yds (685m)
Medium: 825yds (755m)
Large: 900yds (823m)
1X: 975yds (891m)
2X: 1075yds (983m)
3X: 1175yds (1074m)
4X: 1275yds (1166m)
5X: 1375yds (1257m)

Abbreviations/Stitches:

k – knt
p – purl
sl1-k2tog-psso
st(s) -stitch(es)

Gauge:

17 sts by 24 rows = 4×4” in est st pattern and blocked.

Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner

Measurements:

Finished Bust Sizes
Extra Small: 30” (76 cm)
Small: 34” (86 cm)
Medium: 38” (97 cm)
Large: 42” (107 cm)
1X: 46” (117 cm)
2X: 50” (127 cm)
3X: 54” (137 cm)
4x: 58” (147 cm)
5x: 62” 9158 cm)
*This garment has approx.
2” (5 cm) of ease.

Notes:

Sizes are written as: xs (s, m, l, 1x) (2x, 3x, 4x, 5x) and measurements include 2 inches of ease.

This lace knit summer top is worked flat and then seamed down the arms and sides. Then ribbing is done in the round for the neck and sleeve cuffs.

Special Stitches:
The sl1-k2tog-psso (slip one, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over) is a left slanted decrease that decreases two stitches.
Slip one stitch as if to knit. Knit the next 2 stitches together. Insert left needle into the front of slipped stitch on the right needle. Pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog stitch and off the right needle. This completes the sl1-k2tog-psso decrease. For a video tutorial below.

Easy Knit Summer Sweater Video Tutorial:

Easy Knit Sweater Schematic:

Comfy Knit Summer Sweater schematic

Established Stitch Pattern Chart

Easy Summer Knit Top Chart
Easy Summer Knit Top Chart
Girl in a hand knit white summer sweater

Front Body Ribbing:

RowDescription
Set UpLong Tail Cast On  68 (74, 80, 92, 98) (104, 116, 122, 134)
1 (WS)*k2, p2; repeat from * to end. For sizes xs, s, 1x, 4x, and 5x this will end with a k2.
2 (RS)*p2, k2; repeat from * to end. For sizes xs, s, 1x, 4x, and 5x this will end with a p2.
RepeatsRepeat rows 1-2 until there are 11 total rows. Feel free to add or decrease repeats to change the amount of ribbing.

Front Body / Established Stitch Pattern:

RowDescription
1 (WS)purl
2 (RS)k1, *k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo; repeat from *, end k1
3purl
4k1, *yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3; repeat from *, end k1 Please note rows 1-4 are the established stitch pattern.
RepeatsRepeat rows 1-4 for 72 total rows for all sizes. To adjust the length of the top, add or decrease repeats in multiples of 4 rows. Fasten off.

Adding the Arms:

RowDescription
1Either use a second circular needle or place the front body onto a stitch holder to prepare for adding the arm stitches. With your needles thumb tail cast on: 42 sts for just below the elbow or 72 sts for the long sleeve to the wrist.
*Note: If you want to change your sleeve length adjust by chaining in multiples of 6.

After casting on the first arm stitches purl across the front body, and then cast on the same amount of stitches as the first arm for the second arm. Below elbow stitch count: 152 (158, 164, 176, 182) (188, 200, 206, 218) Long sleeve stitch count: 212 (218, 224, 236, 242) (248, 260, 266, 278)
RepeatsContinue to work across all stitches on needles in the established stitch pattern until there are a total of 40 (44, 48, 48, 52) (52 56, 60, 60) arm rows.

Making space for the neck:

RowDescription
1(WS)Purl
2(RS)For below the elbow: In est. st pattern, work the first 56 (56, 62, 68, 68) (74, 80, 80, 86) sts. For long sleeve: In est. st pattern, work the first 86 ( 86, 92, 98, 98) (104, 110, 110, 116) sts. Bind off the next 40 (46, 40, 40, 46) (40, 40, 46, 46) sts. For below the elbow: In est. st pattern, work the remaining 56 (56, 62, 68, 68) (74, 80, 80, 86) sts. For long sleeve: In est. st pattern, work the remaining 86 ( 86, 92, 98, 98) (104, 110, 110, 116) sts. Place the first set of stitches before the bind off onto a stitch holder or scrap yarn.
RepeatsWork the section still on the needles for 14 total rows in est. st pattern. Then place this section onto a stitch holder while working the held stitches for 14 total rows in est. st pattern. Fasten off yarn.
Girl in a hand knit white summer sweater

Arms Continued:

RowDescription
1(WS)Place all stitches back onto the needles. With WS facing, attach yarn and purl until the neck opening, thumb tail cast on 40 (46, 40, 40, 46) (40, 40, 46, 46)sts, and then work remaining sts.
RepeatsContinuing in the est. st pattern, work across all stitches on needles until there are a total of 40 (44, 48, 48, 52) (52 56, 60, 60) arm rows past the neck opening.

Back Body:

RowDescription
1(WS)Purl bind off 42 sts for just below the elbow or 72 sts for long sleeve to the wrist. Work 68 (74, 80, 92, 98) (104, 116, 122, 134) sts in est. st pattern. Then purl bind off the last 42 sts for just below the elbow or 72 sts for long sleeve to the wrist. Stitch count: 68 (74, 80, 92, 98) (104, 116, 122, 134)
RepeatsWork in the est. st pattern for 72 total rows for all sizes, or if any adjusting in length took place on the front, be sure to match the same rows on the back.

Body Bottom Ribbing:

RowDescription
1 (WS)*k2, p2; repeat from * to end. For sizes xs, s, 1x, 4x, and 5x this will end with a k2.
2 (RS)*p2, k2; repeat from * to end. For sizes xs, s, 1x, 4x, and 5x this will end with a p2.
RepeatsRepeat rows 1-2 until there are 11 total rows. Feel free to add or decrease repeats to change the amount of ribbing. Bind off in knit pattern.

Blocking & Seaming:

Before seaming it’s important to block your piece, it will make these next steps much easier. Fold your garment in half and match up the front and back bottom ribbing. Using your tapestry needle, seam from the bottom ribbing, up the body, and across the arm. Repeat on the other side, fasten off and weave in ends.

Girl in a hand knit white summer sweater

Cuff Ribbing:

RoundDescription
1Join yarn at the seam on the arm and pick up 44 (44, 44, 48, 48) (48, 48, 48, 48) sts around the sleeve opening. k2, p2 in the round for 7 rounds (or desired cuff length). Bind off in rib pattern, fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat for the other arm.

Neck Ribbing:

RoundDescription
1Join yarn at the side of the neck and pick up 116 (120, 120, 124, 124) (128, 128, 128, 128) sts around the sleeve opening. k2, p2 in the round for 5 rounds (or desired neck ribbing length). Bind off in rib pattern, fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing:

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block again if needed.

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