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How to knit a sweater for a man


Yarn - Bernat Softee Baby / light 3 / Net Weight - 120 g / 310 yds (283 m) / 3 balls needed
Needles - 29 in. and 16 in. long circular needles US 5 (or other size needle to obtain the gauge)
Sweater Size - S 34 - 36
Gauge - 17 stitches in 4 inches
Complexity - Easy

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Men’s sweater knitting pattern
Step-by-step knitting instructions
Step 1
Cast on 150 stitches (multiples of 5 sts) on two knitting needles to make the loops bigger. That way it will be easier to knit your first row.
Step 2
Before starting knitting your first row in round, make sure that you did not develop any twists and all your loops are straight. If the mistake occurs at this point, you won’t be able to fix the problem later on. The only way might be just to start all over again.
Ribbing – knit 3, purl 2 for 10 rounds.
Step 3
Knit all stitches for 80 rounds.
Step 4
Increase the number of stitches from both sleeve sides before starting sleeves. You should have 160 stitches in total.
Step 5
Slide a half of your stitches on the other knitting needle, long pin, or just yarn to work with those sts later.
Step 6
Continue knitting just half of the stitches (the front piece of the sweater). Bind off 4 stitches from both sleeve sides. Knit all stitches on the right side and purl all stitches on the wrong side for 30 rows.
Step 7
Cast off all the 72 stitches, cut the yarn, secure and hide it.
Step 8
Work the back.
Attach the yarn and bind off 4 sts from both sleeve sides the same as you did for the front piece.
Knit all stitches on the right side and purl all stitches on the wrong side for about 36 rows.
Step 9
Cast off the 72 sts, cut the yarn, and secure it.
Step 10
Cast on 20 stitches for a sleeve.
Knit it for 28 – 30 rows or more depending on a head circumference.
Step 11
Pick up additional 45 stitches.
Knit in round for 8 rounds.
Step 12
Begin to gradually decrease the number of stitches.
Knit two stitches together one time in each row every other round until 55 stitches left.
Step 13
Start to reduce 1 stitch in 5 rounds until 40 sts left (or other number of multiples of 4 stitches).
Step 14
Ribbing – purl 2, knit 2 for 10 rounds.
Cast off the 40 stitches and cut the yarn.
Connect the last and 1st stitches.
Secure and hide the tail of the yarn.
Step 15
Join both shoulder pieces to front and back parts of the sweater.
Step 16
Attach the yarn and pick up stitches for the neck. Pick up as many sts as you can and then decrease it to the needed number in order to avoid holes or other imperfections near the neck line.
Step 17
Reduce the number of picked up stitches to 76 stitches (or other number of multiples of 4 sts).
Knit all the stitches for 6 rounds.
Step 18
Ribbing – purl 2, knit 2 for 30 rounds. Since the wrong side of the ribbing mostly will be visible, it might be desired to knit your wrong side as right side in order to get a better look.
Cast off the 76 stitches.
Cut the yarn, connect the last and first stitches, and secure the tail of the yarn.


Sweater knitting pattern


Hi Sana,

Hi Sana,
Thank you. I have knitted till the sleeves. Now I am stuck here. I have double pointed needles. I knitted 20 st for 31 rounds and picked up additional 45 st. Now how do I knit further in circular as you got round shaped. Please tell me.

Hi vmpn,

Hi vmpn,
If you do not have 16 in. long circular needles, you may use 4 double pointed needles to knit in the round. Slide sts about evenly on 3 dpn and use one as a working needle. Happy knitting!

I'm sort of a beginner at

I'm sort of a beginner at knitting, so forgive me if I should know this, but do you absolutely need circular needles for this? I only have regular straight needles available for me right now.

I just saw the recent comment

I just saw the recent comment chain, and it answers my question. (Sorry, I meant to put double ended needles.) Please ignore this :] Thank you for the instructions by the way!

Hi Sana thanks for internet

Hi Sana thanks for internet this wonderful sweater but I need more explaining for increasing stitches to make sleeves how to increase each row

Hi Hanan,

Hi Hanan,
I started each sleeve with a shoulder piece (step 10). Then when I knitted to the armholes, I picked up additional 45 sts to work 65 sts in total for each sleeve. After that I knitted in the round decreasing sts. Please let me know if you want to adjust the pattern to knit from the bottom up. Thank you.

Hi! Love all your work and

Hi! Love all your work and projects!

i will soon start to knit this one for my hubby. His size is 42-44. I will take the needles same as you mentioned in your work. Kindly guide me for stitches. 180 would be fine? waiting for your reply...