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Winters Chunky Easy Knit Pullover Pattern


Winters Chunky Easy Knit Pullover Pattern

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How To Knit A Super Chunky Pullover

The ultimate knitting accomplishment. KNITTING. A. SWEATER. (cue dramatic music)

The truth is that most sweater patterns and projects seem intimidating if you’ve never done one. In fact, when I googled how to knit a sweater recently, there were very few options that were doable beginner patterns. I found either a much too broad “how to” or patterns that had far too much stitch counting or intermediate stitches for my liking. So I made this super chunky pullover with the beginner in mind. This sweater uses the most basic knit and purl stitches to create the classic stockinette and wide ribbing at the cuffs. If you’re up for trying out a quick, chunky beginner sweater, this could be a goody. 🙂 Read on to see how simple it is to knit and put together. ( Find the free pattern below or you can find the kit for sale at Lion Brand Yarn here or the ad-free printable version in my Etsy Shop here.) 🙂

Oh, and this is a toasty, heavy sweater you guys! It is made while holding two strands of chunky Lion Brand Woolspun yarn (a fave of mine) together throughout the pattern and using big needles. I’m really pleased with the stitch definition it created and it has a similar look to my Easy Knit Blanket Sweater. The other good part about this is that it works up quickly with the large needles. Personally, I love the look and feel but it’s not to be worn on your next warm weather beach vacation, okay?! 😉

You’ll see more detail about this in the pattern below, but the piece is knit flat and is essentially made up of several rectangles that you’ll seam together. The arms do have a few decreases, but if you know the knit stitch, decreasing is a breeze. You’ve never decreased? Well, rather than putting your needle under one stitch as if you’re going to knit, you put your needle under two stitches, then knit as usual. So easy, right? Honestly, the biggest challenge with this sweater (and many sweaters and projects in my opinion) is the seaming. Seaming can be easy as a simple whip stitch, but it doesn’t mean it will look amazing. I walk you through the seaming options that worked for me so I hope that you find that helpful. Also, note that the seaming does add some bulk but is necessary to keep the pattern as beginner friendly as possible.

Ready to start knitting? Here we go….

(Remember you can see the free pattern below or purchase the full, ad-free, printable pattern which includes all tutorial photos from my Etsy shop here)

Winters Chunky

easy Knit Pullover Pattern

Cold winter days beg for big, cozy knits like this chunky, warm pullover. This easy project was created with the beginner in mind as there is minimal shaping and only basic knit stitches. A perfect first time knit sweater or easy project for relaxed knitting time by the fire.

You will need:

US Size 19, 15.0 mm, 29” circular knitting needles

8, 10, 10, 12 skeins of Lion Brand Woolspun Chunky #5 Yarn in Oxford Grey (100 g/skein) (Pattern uses approx. 737 g, 848 g, 975 g, 1121 g) Note: number of skeins needed takes into account that pattern requires holding two strands of yarn together, using two skeins at a time. Find the kit from Lion Brand here

Scissors

Tapestry Needle to weave in ends and seam

Sizes:

XS/S, M, L, XL

Follow the key throughout the pattern for your size (XS/S, M, L, XL) & specific size instructions within pattern

Finished Sweater Measurements:

Bust Circumference: (37”, 42”, 46”, 50”)

Length: (23.5”, 24.5”, 25.5”, 26.5”)

Skill Level:

Easy +

Approximate Gauge:

Just over 1 ¾ stitches per inch and 2 ½ rows per inch

Gauge is important in this pattern for sizing to turn out correctly. Also, measure as you go to ensure your widths and lengths are turning out correctly before you finish the entire pullover. See panel measurements in “Main Body” section below. Adjust accordingly.

Skills & Abbreviations:

k – knit

p– purl

k2tog – knit two stitches together (decrease)

Notes:

Entire pullover is knit flat while holding two strands of yarn together. You will knit two rectangular panels for the front and back along with two separate sleeves. All panels and sleeves are then seamed and sewn together to create the sweater! If you know how to knit and purl, you will find the stitch work to be rather easy. There is minimal decreasing on the sleeves which is done by simply knitting two stitches together at indicated points. The fit of the sleeves is slightly snug. If you’re experienced, you may knit sleeves in the round with appropriate needles to avoid the bulk from a seam. In addition, you may make sleeves wider by adding stitches while keeping an even stitch count. Block as needed.

Winters Chunky Knit Pullover Pattern

*Knit with two strands of yarn held together for the entire pattern

Front Panel

Cast On (36, 40, 44, 48) stitches

XS/S & L Sizes

Row 1 *K4, p4; repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, knit last four stitches (XS/S 36 stitches, L 44 stitches)

Row 2 *P4, k4; repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, purl last four stitches. (XS/S 36 stitches, L 44 stitches)

Repeat rows 1 & 2, 5 more times for a total of 12 rows of rib stitch.

M & XL Sizes

Row 1 *K4, p4; repeat from * across (M 40 stitches, XL 48 stitches)

Repeat row 1 for 11 more rows for a total of 12 rows of rib stitch.

Main Body:

All sizes

Row 1 Knit each stitch across row (36, 40, 44, 48)

Row 2 Purl each stitch across row (36, 40, 44, 48)

Repeat row 1 & 2, working in stockinette stitch until entire piece measures approximately (23.5”, 24.5”, 25.5”, 26.5”) ending on the right side (knit side). Knit cast off, weave in ends. (Note: you can make the sweater as long as you’d like, but keep yarn needs in mind)

Approximate panel measurements before seaming are:

XS/S 19.5”X23.5”, M 22”X 24.5”, L 24”X25.5”, XL 26”X26.5”

Above: One XS/S panel almost completed

Back Panel

Bottom Ribbing

CO (36, 40, 44, 48) stitches

XS/S & L Sizes

Row 1 *P4, k4; repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, purl last 4 stitches (XS/S 36 stitches, L 44 stitches)

Row 2 *K4, p4; repeat from * across to last 4 stitches, knit last 4 stitches (XS/S 36 stitches, L 44 stitches)

Repeat rows 1 & 2, 5 more times for a total of 12 rows of rib stitch.

M & XL Sizes

Row 1 *K4, p4; repeat from * across (M 40 stitches, XL 48 stitches)

Repeat row 1 for 11 more rows for a total of 12 rows of rib stitch.

Main Body:

All sizes

Row 1 Knit each stitch across row (36, 40, 44, 48)

Row 2 Purl each stitch across row (36, 40, 44, 48)

Repeat row 1 & 2, working in stockinette stitch until entire piece measures approximately (23.5”, 24.5”, 25.5”, 26.5”) ending on the right side (knit side). Knit cast off, weave in ends.

Sleeves

CO (28, 32, 34, 36) stitches

Row 1 K across row (28, 32, 34, 36)

Row 2 P across row (28, 32, 34, 36)

Row 3 K across row (28, 32, 34, 36)

Row 4 P across row (28, 32, 34, 36)

Row 5 k2tog, knit across row to last two stitches, k2tog (26, 30, 32, 34)

Row 6 P across row (26, 30, 32, 34)

Row 7 K across row (26, 30, 32, 34)

Row 8 P across row (26, 30, 32, 34)

Row 9 K2tog, k across to last two stitches, k2tog (24, 28, 30, 32)

Repeat rows 6 – 9 until there are (18, 22, 24, 28) stitches left

Next, work in stockinette stitch, alternating one row of knit stitches with one row of purl stitches until piece is approximately (15”, 15”, 16”, 16”) long

Next you will continue and make the sleeve cuff in a rib stitch pattern

Ribbed Cuff

Row 1 *K1, p1 across row (18, 22, 24, 28)

Repeat row 1 until ribbed cuff is approximately 2” long and entire piece measures (17”, 17” 18”, 18”)

Bind off, weave in ends

Repeat the sleeve pattern again to make the second sleeve

Above: One sleeve completed before folding and seaming

Seaming: (please also see seaming details section below for further assistance)

Shoulders:

First, with your tapestry needle and length of yarn, sew the top of the front and back panels together at the shoulders with right sides out. Work from the outside of the panels, inward for approximately (3.5”, 4.5” 5.5”, 6.5”)

Sleeves:

Fold in half lengthwise and seam cuff with whip stitch or preferred seaming method and proceed to use the mattress stitch to seam the stockinette portion of the sleeve until there is approximately 5” left. Finish with a whip stitch for the last 5”. This will prevent extra bulk created from the seam under the arm area once the pullover is assembled. (You may use the mattress stitch up the entire arm, but it creates bulk under the arm of the sweater)

Attach Sleeves to Body:

Place center of top of sleeve to top center or pullover shoulder area. Secure before sewing if necessary. Sew sleeve to pullover with preferred seam (see details on seam options below)

Seam Up Main Body:

Whip stitch seam or use preferred method to sew the ribbed portion and proceed with mattress stitch up the stockinette portion of the body until you reach the sleeve. Tie off and weave in ends. Seam up each side.

Finally, ensure you have tied off and weaved in all loose ends.

Specific Seam Details:

Mattress Stitch:

You can find many tutorials online by doing a search for simple “how to do the mattress stitch”. You will line up your two panels and work back and forth through two rows, pulling your needle and yarn through the “bars” of the stitches. Do not pull too tightly. Pictured below is a mattress seam in progress. When the yarn is tightened, it will create an invisible seam.

Sleeves:

There are a few ways that you may choose to attach the sleeves. The simplest seam is a whip stitch, but this will be quite visible. There are ways to make it virtually invisible if you search online for how to attach selvege edge to cast off edge. I do find these create bulk with our chunky yarn. I preferred to work under the “v” of the stitch on the sleeve (pictured) then whip stitch around the opposite stitch on the main body panel.

Above: Working under the “v”, then a simple whip stitch on the opposite side. Continue around.

Shoulders:

Here, you may whip stitch to keep it simple and not create bulk, or do a stitch similar to the stitch used on the sleeve above where you will work under the “v” on one panel and then whip stitch around a stitch on the other panel.

Above: Yarn worked through the “v” then whip stitched around opposite side

Above: Close up of the shoulder seam

I hope you enjoyed making this easy knit pullover! You will never be cold again. 😉

What do you think of this sweater? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Easy enough?

XO,

Jessica

If you crochet, you might want to check out this super easy tutorial and pattern for a crocheted knit-like sweater pullover here!

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Thank you so much to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

How To Knit A Super Chunky Pullover The ultimate knitting accomplishment. KNITTING. A. SWEATER. (cue dramatic music) The truth is that most sweater patterns and projects seem intimidating if you’ve never done one. In fact, when I googled how to knit a sweater recently, there were very few options that were doable beginner patterns. I found either a much too broad ‘how to’ or patterns that had far too much stitch counting or intermediate stitches

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